MJC analyst Gabby Gaudet will share her longshot and exotic plays with The Racing Biz each Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.

MJC analyst Gabby Gaudet will share her longshot and exotic plays with The Racing Biz each Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.

Gabby Gaudet’s got some thoughts on a Pick 4 play.

The first Sunday of the Laurel Park fall meet is upon us, and with the first rains in a dog’s age having pelted central Maryland yesterday, two of today’s grass races — the fifth and sixth — have been taken off the turf.

Nonetheless, Maryland racing analyst Gabby Gaudet has some thoughts on a Pick 4.


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  • Race 7 – 1, 3
  • Race 8 – 1, 2, 6
  • Race 9 – 8, 11
  • Race 10 – 7
  • Ticket cost (0.50 unit) $6.00


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  • Race 7 — ($40,000 maiden claimer for 2yo fillies going 6 furlongs on the main track) This isn’t the greatest field ever assembled, but a couple who’ve run already showed some promise.  #1 J Z’s Diva rallied nicely against similar in her debut after getting pinched back at the start and being last early.  One of her rivals returned with a win.  We’ll put a line through the Timonium race, and I think if she can break alertly and not be too far back in the early going, she’ll have a chance late… #3 If the Crown Fits ran second in #1’s debut race and showed good early foot before fading a bit. She’s the only runner here to have shown speed in a race…
  • Race 8 — (Maiden special weight going one mile on the turf for 2yo fillies) I like a couple of these who have started already: #1 Don’s Girl, whose two promising turf tries both came in sprints and who may appreciate the added ground; and #2 Sittin’ n’ Sippin, who was a good second last out in her first turf try, at Delaware Park.  That race has produced a next-out winner, and the winner of the race, Finn’s Girl, returned to be third in a stake at Saratoga.  It’s true that trainer Michael Matz doesn’t have a great record with firsters, but #6 Majestic Trick was a $135,000 auction purchase, sports a long and promising work tab, and is a half-sibling to a couple of pretty good turf horses in Love Cove and Half Heaven, each of whom won multiple stakes and earned well in excess of $200,000…
  • Race 9 — (First level allowance for 3yo and up going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf) There’s a common theme with the two horses I picked in here: both have run 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf just once, and both won in that lone try.  #8 Holiday Touch broke his maiden last out in a similar turf sprint — but that was down at the Fair Grounds in February.  That was a pretty productive race — all six to run back ran first, second, or third in their returns — and trainer Michael Stidham has had good success bringing horses back off long layoffs.  #11 Mr Lightning Boy is in good form right now and really took to the turf in his first time on it, two back.
  • Race 10 — (Maiden special weight for 3yo and up going 6 furlongs on the main track) This is a pretty contentious group, so my single here’s a bit risky, but I really like #7 Lostinthestars from trainer Hamilton Smith.  He didn’t show much in his debut going a route of ground on the turf after being hard to load.  He was scheduled to run August 7 at Laurel and, in fact, was taking pretty solid betting action throughout the wagering but then was a gate scratch.  Smith entered him at Delaware in September but scratched, as well.  He’s been working well, and I think he’ll be ready to deliver a good effort here.

Good luck!