The GQ Approach features full-card selections from Laurel Park, including a daily best bet, longshot play, and multi-race wagers — including the 10 cent Rainbow Pick-6 ($2,617), the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 ($2,173) and the new 50 cent Super High 5 ($5,844).

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  • Race 1: $2 Double  1, 6, 7 w/ 4, 5, 8 ($18)
  • Race 3: $0.10 Rainbow Pick-6  1, 4 w/ 4, 7, 10 w/ 6, 7 w/ 1, 2, 6, 9 w/ 1, 11 w/ 2, 10 ($19.20)
  • Race 4: $0.20 Jackpot Pick-5  4, 7, 10 w/ 6, 7, 9 w/ 2, 6, 9 w/ 1, 9, 11 w/ 2, 5, 10 ($48.60)
  • Race 5: $0.50 Pick-3 6, 7, 9 w/ 2, 6, 9 w/ 1, 9, 11 ($13.50)
  • Race 7: $2 Double 1, 9, 11 w/ 2, 5, 10 ($18)
  • Race 8: $.50 Super High 5  2, 5, 10 w/ 7 w/ 2, 5, 10 w/ 2, 5, 10 w/ 1, 3, 11 ($4.50)

 

 

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  • Best Bet: Race 5 / #6 – Super Chunky (3-1)
  • Longshot: Race 1 / #6 – Bending (8-1)

 

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* Laurel Park has four (4) races (4th, 5th, 7th, 8th) scheduled to be run on the TURF. Forecast for the northern D.C. suburbs on Friday is for Mostly Cloudy skies with temps in the near 80 with 25% chance of a stray shower or thunderstorm. Even though there were a few showers in the area on Thursday evening, my best guess is that these races will remain ON the TURF and the main track will be FAST for Twilight racing, 1st post 3:40pm EDT. Therefore, the below selections in are based on those assumptions.

 

Race 1

  1. #6 – Bending (8-1): $Longshot Play$ Makes 6th start for 4th trainer; Adds blinkers, should show early foot
  2. #7 – Quality Wise (8-5): Best on paper but seems to lack the will to pass leaders in the stretch
  3. #1 – Minor Legend (8-1): FTS has nice work tab & off track runners in bloodlines, just in case             

 

Race 2

  1. #5 – Conquista Grande (7-2): Top efforts have come at Lrl (3:2-0-1); Brisnet #’s climbing        
  2. #8 – Improvised Brush (2-1): Tim Ice DE shipper is cheap but is honest as the day is long          
  3. #4 – Alpha Dude (9-5): Hard to trust as he’s been beaten fav. and/or under 2-1 in last 6            

 

Race 3

  1. #4 – Black Bullet (8-1): No early speed; one pace was very wide in last  
  2. #1 – Solly’s Mischief (8-5): Cartagena has him on upswing but jock 0 for meet      
  3. #5 – Shordawatyadrink (20-1): How weak is this field? He’d be eligible for “hasn’t won a race since 2012”!

 

* Race 4

  1. #7 – Magnum Opus (4-1): Showed improvement 1st after claim from A. Dutrow
  2. #4 – Awesome Group (4-1): Like the cutback in distance & rider upgrade    
  3. #10 – Kidron (5-1): FTS bred for turf (War Front) has nice work tab @ Prx          

 

* Race 5

  1. #6 – Super Chunky (3-1): *Best Bet* After good effort v. N3X should handle these N2X
  2. #7 – Star Maneuver (20-1): Didn’t belong in 1 mile race; 6f might be perfect  
  3. #9 – Against the Win (5-1): Willing to give him a pass in wide Prx effort

 

Race 6

  1. #9 – Virden Corinthian (2-1): On shelf 8 mos. after 2 starts; gelded, steady works      
  2. #6 – Military Escort (7-2): Winstar FTS by Pioneerof the Nile a cut below NY talent?
  3. #2 – Elusive Breeze (5-1): Perfect timeline gelded since last race then improved works

 

* Race 7

  1. #11 – Lola Beaux (5-1): Won U.S. debut, steps up, trainer has sick stats
  2. #1 – Cursive (10-1): Win w/ best Brisnet# at 26-1 no fluke; runner-up nxt out winner
  3. #9 – Rapid Rhythm (20-1): Field top heavy w/ early speed, except her

 

* Race 8

  1. #10 – Ebony Bird (2-1): Took big step forward Brisnet #-wise; drops a level
  2. #2 – Shifra Magician (3-1): Amazing turnaround adding blinkers in last   
  3. #5 – Justice for Sheena (4-1): Sheds blinkers, drops & Saville 22% 1st after layoff

 

 

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • On Sunday August 2nd at Laurel had just 3 winners from 8 races (2 Top Picks payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $2.80 (1st race), $10.80 (6th) and $3.60 (8th).
  • BEST BET of the Day (75: 18-20-13) Changingoftheguard (1st race: 4-1 M/L; 2-5 PT) assumed the early lead, set the pace well off the rail, was set down inside the three sixteenths pole and drove clear to win by 1 length returning a paltry $2.80 to WIN, $2.20 to PLACE and $2.10 to SHOW (due to scratch of the 4-5 M/L favorite).
  • LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (68: 11-6-15) Ello Govna (9th race: 10-1 M/L; 14-1 PT) pulled his way clear soon after the break and angled in to set a rated pace, came under a ride nearing the lane, met the winner’s bid near the sixteenth marker and gave way grudgingly to salvage third purse money to return $6.20 to SHOW.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.