The GQ features full-card selections from Timonium Fair Grounds, including a daily best bet, longshot play, and multi-race wagers.

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  • Race 1: $2 Double  1, 4, 5 w/ 1, 6, 7 ($18)
  • Race 3: $2 Double 3, 4, 7 w/ 2, 4, 8 ($18)
  • Race 5: $2 Double 1, 4, 5 w/ 1, 3, 8 ($18)
  • Race 7: $2 Double 3, 6, 9 w/ 2, 4, 9 ($18)
  • Race 8: $2 Double 2, 4, 9 w/ 1, 7, 8 ($18)

 

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  • Best Bet: Race 7 / #3 – Visionary Wonder (9-2)
  • Longshot: Race 9 / #1 – Linda’s Lollipop (8-1 )
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[su_heading size=”21″ align=”left”]Analysis[/su_heading]

* At the Timonium Fair Grounds ALL RACES are contested on a ½ mile dirt oval. Forecast for the northern Baltimore suburb on FRIDAY is for Mostly Sunny skies with temps in the low-80’s and no chance of rain. Therefore, the below selections in are based on the track condition being FAST.

Race 1

  1. #5 – Badwater (2-1): Runner-up to next out winner should test The Big T oval for a Speed Bias
  2. #1 – Dustin E (9-5): Strong local bow last outing after floundering in TX; Magee Exacta?
  3. #4 – Conquista Grande (4-1): The 2 for 20 is better than it appears as he’s 10: 2-3-0 on fast track                 

 

Race 2

  1. #6 – Skip the Punch (5-1): Very quick from the gate on grass in debut; same should happen here  
  2. #1 – Northwest Passage (5-1): 1st dirt try off claim for Cartagena who w/ Acosta has won 5 of 11
  3. #7 – So Long Armstrong (6-5): Away since Dec. ’14; fired a bullet in final work; Dunk’s only mount              

 

Race 3

  1. #3 – Pearl’s Love (5-1): Speed & faltered on turf in debut; 1st work ever (3f 34 2/5) is eye-popping    
  2. #4 – Tiz Alarming (8-1): FTS is lone KY-bred in here, has nice work tab, the shorter the quicker
  3. #7 – Smoke the Hunt (10-1): AR-bred FTS is Del trainer only entry & brings jock down I-95 w/ him

 

Race 4

  1. #4 – Mr. Lit (7-2): Blinkers seems to have helped in last 2 runner-up efforts
  2. #2 – Half Strike (7-5): Off drop alone makes him one to beat, if he can handle Bull Ring
  3. #8 – Redheaded Stranger (20-1): Woeful since claim trying turf, Off Lasix like last yr  

 

Race 5

  1. #1 – Portuguese Prince (2-1): Best races have been on dirt; confused about turf after claim
  2. #4 – Rocky Garland (7-5): Disappointed as Post Time favorite last effort; 6½f too far?
  3. #5 – Hundred Dollar Bill (15-1): Kobiskie having a rough ’15 but has gotten to Winners Circle

 

Race 6

  1. #3 –Home of America (9-5): Stalking trip helps get the best of others in deep stretch        
  2. #1 – Amazing Summation (6-1): Needs to be away quick; best efforts when X-Man in irons
  3. #8 – Something Missing (7-2): Like a bat outta hell from the gate, 4f could be short enough

 

Race 7

  1. #3 – Visionary Wonder (9-2): *Best Bet* Game effort first time v. winners; gate-2-wire candidate
  2. #6 – Carpe Omnia (6-1): Gets Acosta after 3 months off; work tab is encouraging
  3. #9 – Thessa’s Roar (7-2): Ambitiously placed since maiden score 4 back; attracts Toledo

 

Race 8

  1. #9 – Golden Jason (7-2): Bocachia only mount for trainer Nagle’s Mnr shipper
  2. #4 – Whiskey Sour (12-1): Fits seldom seen condition nicely; should be fit to score
  3. #2 – Miners Quest (8-1): Will take advantage of pace meltdown expected in here

 

Race 9

  1. #1 – Linda’s Lollipop (8-1): $Longshot Play$ Fastest 4 f time in this group; rail trip gets gate-2-wire score
  2. #7 – Arrow Flynn (10-1): 6 wins from 14 fast track starts; Acosta gives her stalking trip               
  3. #8 – Kobuk Valley (12-1): Has back class to indicate 1st off layoff was no fluke; Brisnet# rising

 

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • On Sunday August 23rd, Closing Day of the Summer meet at Laurel had 5 winners from 9 races (2 Top Picks are in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $11.80 (1st race), $17.20 (3rd), $3.20 (5th), $7.20 (6th) and $6.40 (8th).
  • BEST BET of the Day (83: 22-20-14) Star Black (8th race: 7-2 M/L; 2-1 PT) rated early, advanced two wide outside a rival nearing the lane, shifted out four wide soon into the stretch, made a grinding run under right handed rousing, reeled in the leader in deep stretch then won going away and return $6.40 to WIN, $4.00 to PLACE and $3.20 to SHOW.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (77: 11-7-15) Wild Chatter (3rd race: 8-1 M/L; 5-2 PT) raced three wide between horses on the far turn, closed the gap late between foes with no excuse as he hung in deep stretch to finish 4th, 2 lengths behind the winner.
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