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.

It’s another Sunday of live racing at Laurel Park, and Maryland racing analyst Gabby Gaudet returns with some thoughts on the late picks four today.  It’s just a 50-cent wager at Laurel, which gives you plenty of opportunity to spread out.

Notably, all races are OFF THE TURF today at Laurel.

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  • Race 7 – 1a, 3, 5, 8
  • Race 8 – 1, 6
  • Race 9 – 2, 6, 7, 10
  • Race 10 – 1, 2, 6
  • Ticket cost (0.50 unit) $48.00


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  • Race 7 –(Maiden special weight for 2yo fillies going 6 furlongs) In a wide open heat with six horses scheduled to make their debuts, I’ll cover four runners… Gary Capuano trainee #1a Lexington Street gave a good accounting of herself in her debut, rallying after being bumped at the start to be a closing second.  If she moves forward – a reasonable expectation in her second start — she could be a handful… Graham Motion shows up with a couple of firsters, and his record is good enough, and his barn strong enough, that you have to give a look at #3 Atlantic Sunriseand #5 Pop Rocks Lady… I think #8 Paradise Bird had a better debut than the past performances indicate — she had a tough trip — and she could improve here…
  • Race 8 — (A hybrid condition: never-won-two and have started for a claiming price of $16,000 or less, or $16,000 claiming and have never won two, for fillies and mares three and up scheduled for one mile on the turf) These hybrid conditions can be tough to figure, but what’s not tough to figure is #1 Chica Fabulosa, who graduated in special weight company at Pimlico in the spring and who fits this never-two condition snugly… #6 Super Sharp is bred to like an off track — sire Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby on the slop and had an off-track record of 3-2-1-0 — and though she seems to need the lead, she looks to be the controlling speed in here…
  • Race 9 — (N3X allowance for 3yo and up scheduled for 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf) The main-track-only entrants look best to me in this tough allowance heat.  Speedy #2 King Henry figures to be forwardly placed early, and he’s been in the money 17 of 19 at this short sprint distance… #6 It’s a Bang has had star-crossed career, but the consistent thing about him is that he likes a wet track: he broke his maiden at first asking in the slop at Delaware two years ago, and he also scored his most recent win on an off track, on a track rated good at Pimlico in the spring… #7 Never Stop Looking might be a horse landing in just the right spot: he is a closer in a race with plenty of speed, and he owns three wins on off-tracks… #10 Golden Moon will be hustling from the gate, and if he can make the lead, he’s a very different horse and might have enough in the tank to get it done here…
  • Race 10 — ($5,000 claiming for 3yo and up going six furlongs) In his second off a layoff, #1 Classic Wildcat hits rock bottom at Laurel, dropping in for $4,500.  But I’m not going to judge that last race too harshly; he’s never really liked that 5 1/2 furlong distance, and Parx is a track that some horses don’t really take to.  Back at his home track, at a distance he likes, he should improve today… #2 Burning Mandate is an honest sort of horse who just keeps running his race; that’s why he’s won 13 times in his career.  He beat lesser last out and was second against similar two back; he loves the distance, and he loves a track with some moisture in it.  As the magic eight ball said, “All signs point to yes…”  #6 Around We Go has a chance to sit a good stalking trip for Lauralea Glaser.  Though that last, against $4,000 claimers at the Big T, was nominally against lesser, I think that group was fine: three of four to run back have finished in the money, with one, No Brakes, winning…

Good luck!