The GQ Approach features full-card selections from Laurel Park (live racing Friday-Sunday; Post Time 12:35pm), including a daily Best Bet, Longshot Play, and multi-race wagers — including the 10 cent Rainbow Pick-6, 50 cent Jackpot Pick-5 and rolling 50 cent Super High-5’s.

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  • Race 1: $2 Double  3, 6, 10 w/ 2, 3, 9 ($18)
  • Race 3: $0.50 Pick-3 3, 4, 7 w/ 5, 7, 12 w/ 4, 8, 9 ($13.50)
  • Race 6: $0.10 Rainbow Pick-6  1, 9 w/ 5, 7 w/ 7, 8 w/ 3, 7 w/ 3, 9 w/ 7, 12 ($3.20)
  • Race 7: $0.50 Jackpot Pick-5 5, 7 w/ 7, 8 w/ 3, 7 w/ 3, 9 w/ 7, 12 ($16)
  • Race 10: $2 Double 3, 9 w/ 2, 7, 12 ($12)


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  • Best Bet: Race 1 / #10 – Readyheartandsoul (7-2)
  • Longshot: Race 8 / #7 – Voluntario (5-1)

[su_heading size=”21″ align=”left”]Analysis[/su_heading]

* Laurel Park on Saturday has four (4) races (2nd, 4th, 7th, 11th) scheduled to be run on the TURF. Forecast for the northern D.C. suburbs is for Partly Sunny skies and breezy with high temps near 50 and just a 5% chance of precipitation. The below selections are based on the TURF being “Firm” and a “Fast” main dirt track.  

Race 1

  1. #10 – Readyheartandsoul (7-2): *Best Bet* 3rd N2X when “in tight stretch” whereas foes in here been battling N1X or just beat N2L      
  2. #6 – Regal Soldier (3-1): In over his head in last outing against Jack’s in the Deck (in DeFrancis Dash today) and some horse named Ben’s Cat
  3. #3 – Tribal Honour (6-1): Turf-2-dirt & cut back in distance angles; both wins came here from just 4 starts as NJ-bred has raced v. state breds @ Mth  


* Race 2

  1. #9 – Not a Chance (7-2): FTS by terrific turf sire Lonhro; Colts Neck Stables is loaded w/ talented runners
  2. #3 – Cherokee Cousin (9-2): Adds Lasix for 7th career race; troubled trips in all 3 turf tries 
  3. #2 – Malibu’smostwanted (8-1): FTS by Malibu Moon has turf on dam side; nice 2 month work tab


Race 3 – $100,000 Smart Halo Stakes

  1. #4 – Twirl Girl (5-2): Like her off the pace running style in here as the majority of her foes want to be on or near the lead early     
  2. #7 – Lost Raven (3-1): Her name tells the story of the Baltimore NFL club this season; connections rarely travel south unless they strongly believe a “W” can be recorded
  3. #3 – Crystal Rosario (3-1): Only two time winner in this field; if she can get to the lead she just might steal it based on speed figures


* Race 4

  1. #5 – Dancing Magician (3-1): Back in for a Tag after nice late run in MSW, 1st time 2-turns, should improve off that effort          
  2. #7 – Procula (6-1): That last race looks ugly but got a decent Brisnet#, better than most in here have yet to earn
  3. #12 – Balqaa (4-1): 1st time in for Tag and 2-turns; the latter should be a plus for daughter of Invasor w/ Danzig on the bottom


Race 5 – $100,000 Richard W. Small Stakes

  1. #4 – Catholic Cowboy (3-1): Carries 6 lbs. less than Page McKenney today; they were at equal weight when he beat “Page” last December; Trainer Nick Zito is no longer the force he used to be (6% in 2015) but this will be his first shipper into Laurel this year
  2. #8 – Page McKenney (9-5): Been a model of consistency the past two years; part of the Exacta in his last ten non-graded stakes races    
  3. #9 – Legendary (10-1): The $64,000 question is… will his turf form translate to natural dirt? If it does or even just a notch below, he wins this one drawing away! Hard to imagine getting double-digit odds


Race 6 – $100,000 City of Laurel Stakes

  1. #1 – Savoy Stomp (3-1): Derby Trail wannabe this winter; beat elders in N1X in first eight months; been training well at Saratoga since      
  2. #9 – Fortuitous Path (5-1): Addition of blinkers helped immensely in most recent start; can move forward off that runner-up effort
  3. #2 – El Kabeir (2-1): Less than 7 months ago this colt was at Churchill Downs preparing for the KY Derby before an injury shifted that Zayat dream to American Pharoah


* Race 7

  1. #5 – Sandy’z Slew (8-5): 1st shipper to Lrl for NY trainer; been facing tougher while being runner-up in past 3 efforts; has edge in speed figs over this group
  2. #7 – Jackson P (15-1): Speedy gray turf debut was washed off @ Prx in June; away since July but trio of works ending w/ a bullet points to a potential gate-to-wire score
  3. #10 – Wild Woo Who (10-1): Cuts back from one mile on grass; should benefit from quick early fractions; Pecoraro/Pedroza combo been lethal (32%) in the past year        


Race 8 – $100,000 James F. Lewis III Stakes

  1. #7 – Voluntario (5-1): $Longshot Play$ Scary to see “gear down” in comments when winning by 6¼ but even more so when final eighth was run in 11 4/5      
  2. #8 – Never Gone South (4-1): A perfect 2 for 2; away for over three months but fired a couple bullets in the A.M. to complete prep work for this race      
  3. #1 – King Kranz (6-5): Awfully short price on a maiden with three races on his resume’; tries to make amends for runner-up finish in G2 at Belmont as PT favorite


Race 9 – $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes

  1. #7– Tricky Zippy (4-1): Even though she’s been running against her own (i.e. NY-breds), after she won a minor stakes she was thrust into a G2, holding her own against Cavorting and then was runner-up to La Verdad, both Breeders’ Cup participants
  2. #3 – Eloquent Tribute (6-1): NY shipper for Rudy Rodriguez needs to step up big-time as she has only beaten maidens, but is moving in the right direction to be in the mix late
  3. #4 – Gyspy Judy (15-1): Looking to regain the her form from earlier this year; glad to see her back on natural dirt at Laurel (5:2-1-1)


Race 10 – $350,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash

  1. #9 – Trouble Kid (9-2): Don’t see any of his rivals challenging him early; the Fall weather and cold temps (mid-40s) may harden the Laurel dirt oval enough to allow this “Kid” to go gate-to-wire
  2. #3 – Palace (9-5): The class of this field will need help on the front end to soft the early speed; Blinkers on is a curious move which didn’t show its hand in his Nov. 7 breeze
  3. #6 – Spring to the Sky (8-1): Could pull a shocker in just his 2nd fast/dirt track try in his 32nd career outing; might be the candidate who provides some pressure on the early speed  


* Race 11

  1. #7 – Amen Joy (7-2): Has turned in best Brisnet# (78) of this bunch on turf; McCarthy’s 1st time riding for Abbott is a plus  
  2. #12 – Bringonthethunder (10-1): FTS by Thunder Gulch for owner/trainer Keefe; interesting how Toledo picks this one over #2
  3. #2 – Bay Eleven (5-1): In spite of Toledo’s absence, route in last outing should have done wonders for her stamina for sprints  



  • Wednesday November 11th at Laurel Park with had just 4 winners from 9 races having $2 WIN pay-off of $4.00 (2nd race), $7.40 (5th), $8.00 (6th) and $4.40 (7th).
  • BEST BET of the Day (116: 29-26-20) Look Who’s Talking (4th race: 5-2 M/L; 5-2 PT) away alertly, rated three wide outside the leaders, moved to engage around the turn, poked a head in front in upper stretch, dueled and gave way grudgingly in the final sixteenth to complete the Trifecta and return $2.80 to SHOW.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (109: 13-13-21) Pret Say Eye (8th race: 12-1 M/L; 21-1 PT) was lightly steadied near the 4½ furlong marker, angled out and circled the field 5-6 wide on the turn but failed to rally, finishing 7th.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.