The GQ Approach features full-card selections from Laurel Park (live racing Friday-Sunday; Post Time 12:25pm), 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  1, 3, 11 w/ 2, 4, 5 ($18)
  • Race 3: $0.50 Pick-3  1, 4, 12 w/ 8, 11, 14 w/ 5, 8, 9 ($13.50)
  • Race 5: $0.10 Rainbow Pick-6  5, 9 w/ 5, 10 w/ 5, 10 w/ 1, 3 w/ 4, 7 w/ 3, 12 ($6.40)
  • Race 6: $0.50 Jackpot Pick-5  5, 10, 12 w/ 5, 10 w/ 1, 3 w/ 4, 7 w/ 3, 12 ($24)
  • Race 9: $2 Double  4, 7, 9 w/ 3, 10, 12 ($18)


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  • Best Bet: Race 4 / #14 – Whisky Rock (3-1)
  • Longshot: Race 10 / #12 – Slews Love (8-1)


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* Laurel Park on Saturday has four (4) races (1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th) scheduled to be run on the TURF. Forecast for the northern D.C. suburbs is for Mostly Sunny skies with high temps in the low-50’s and just a 10% chance of precipitation. The below selections are based on the TURF being “Good” and a “Fast” main dirt track.  

* Race 1

  1. #11 – Liberty Bond (7-2): AE* Has a textbook case of “2nd-itis” (13: 0-7-3) but “today’s the day” she graduates… yeah, right! Famous last words
  2. #3 – Janine Melnitz (9-2): Runner-up in most recent has best Brisnet# (82) for this turf distance
  3. #1/1A – Champion Rose/French Channel (3-1): #1A is on AE, a likely scratch; will get better odds on “Rose” who wanted turf in debut, but was washed off; could be speedy to go gate-2-wire * – If AE does not draw in, use the #9 – Stormy Allison (6-1): Like cut back in distance and addition of Lasix & Blinkers; faced boys last start (1st for M. Pino)  


Race 2

  1. #4 – Super Sharp (5-2): Speedy Super Saver offspring is 1 for 1 at distance & 2 for 2 w/ Toledo in the irons
  2. #2 – Oh What a Delite (10-1): Overmatched on MD Million Day; 3rd race after layoff & cuts back to 6f where she beat N2L two races back
  3. #5 – Sterlings America (15-1): Faced tougher than these in her last 2; abundance of early speed gives her an outside chance to pass faders late


* Race 3  

  1. #1/1A – Silver Legend(MTO)/Dreamsgonewild (2-5): Damned if you do & damned if you don’t (pick’em) as “Dreams” makes 1st start for Ness after $30k claim, a race he won, but that was 55 days ago; wouldn’t shock me if he gets scratched     
  2. #4 – What a Wildcat (20-1): Invader from Pid has turf experience (14: 3-0-1) though 0 for 2 on Lrl lawn
  3. #12Silent Tale (12-1): Closer been facing better drops as turf season is coming to a close; appears to be enough early speed to give him a shot


Race 4

  1. #14 – Whisky Rock (3-1): *Best Bet* Finally catches a dirt sprint shorter than 6f; can carry his speed to this limit w/ 7 lb. bug for K. Roman’s 1st winning ride locally         
  2. #8 – Ted’s Memoires (4-1): Magee dangles the carrot w/ this MD-bred on $20k drop; might need more than 5½f though
  3. #11 – Shouk (6-1): Away since May when he beat top pick here for maiden score; A.M. work tab is promising though willingness to lose him for $5k raises a yellow flag


Race 5  

  1. #5 – Picture Day (4-5): Appropriately named as this NY shipper appears poised to pose for a graduation day Winner’s Circle photo
  2. #9 – French Bride (6-1): FTS by Awesome Again been steadily working since mid-July for Stidham barn while firing a number of bullets    
  3. #8 – Proudly We Hail (10-1): First 4 outings, all on turf, did not produce Motion-like results; away 2 months to regroup and train to be a dirt runner


* Race 6

  1. #10 – Chesapeake Spring (4-1): This field is void of early speed, so this gal gets the nod to go gate-2-wire on drop to her lowest level ever on turf      
  2. #5 – Conspirer (5-2): Boasts best lifetime Brisnet# on turf in here; 2 for 5 on Lrl lawn as Gonzalez looks to steal a purse as this is likely this turf runners last race til next Spring
  3. #12 – Epic Story (10-1): Fresh off D. Capuano claim is smartly placed in this turf event v. lesser than she’s faced in the past on the grass


Race 7

  1. #10 – Siete de Oros (7-2): Fits this condition like a glove; racing against a heavy speed bias, if one develops, would be the only concern
  2. #5 – Presiding Justice (8-1): Rare Ritchey sighting @ Lrl; was runner-up w/ only other entry here; has running style to like 7f; goes for natural Hat Trick
  3. #4 – Ore Pass (4-1): Been game in every start since arriving in Free State late summer; steps up but has proven 7f is his best distance (2 for 3); needs pace help 


* Race 8

  1. #3 – Tasit (9-5): Uncharacteristically being a “Chalk Eating Weasel” today, but ya take what they give ya! This one missed by a nose when much the 2nd best and rank early after being 3rd in debut while green      
  2. #1/1A – Timeless Legend/Isofass(MTO) (6-1): interesting how Boyce takes mount for Abbott after riding M/L in both of his previous starts; barn has done well when adding blinkers (25%), 1st route (25%) & 2nd career race (33%); BTW MTO is FTS      
  3. #13 – Cute as a Button (20-1): Took no action (58-1) in debut sprinting on grass for KTL who gets 27% to Winners’ Circle “2nd on grass”; gray son of Jazil will relish the stretch out to 8½f


Race 9  

  1. #4– E Dubai’s Humor (4-1): Not a bad effort off 1 year layoff sprinting on turf; returns to dirt and winning ways w/ a stalking trip here
  2. #7 – Avie (8-1): Could get the early lead and not be caught shortening up to 5½f, especially if track becomes kind to early speed
  3. #9 – Irish Lute (10-1): 5 y.o. mare by a BC Sprint Champ is G1 placed but has had issues consistently making to the track in the afternoons the past 2 years; turf in last was a tightener


Race 10  

  1. #12 – Slews Love (8-1): $Longshot Play$ Reunited w/ Carrasco after being 6-wide on turn & steadied in latest w/ 7 lb. bug boy; if he runs back to Oct. 11th race, he gets diploma
  2. #3 – Reason to Believe (5-2): Returns to dirt and drops back to level where connections claimed him; not much other early speed here & not many low-level maidens have will to pass others
  3. #10 – Thats Cool Man (15-1): Off as 2-1 2nd choice at this level on big drop was eased; has had a decent work since, blinkers back on (had best finish (3rd) in only race w/ hood), X-Man stays  



    • Sunday November 15th at Laurel Park with had 7 winners from 9 races (4 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $9.80 (1st race), $6.20 (3rd), $12.00 (4th), $4.40 (6th), $6.20 (7th), $4.60 (8th) and $3.40 (9th).
    • BEST BET of the Day (118: 30-26-20) Domo Artiegato (8th race: 3-1 M/L; 6-5 PT) patiently handled off the pace and off the inside, swung six wide for the drive, leveled off when put to left handed rousing, closed sharply while drifting in some and his head cocked to the outside, forged to command in deep stretch then won going away with something in reserve to return $4.60 to WIN, $3.40 to PLACE and $3.00 to SHOW.
    • LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (111: 14-13-21) Last Confession (4th race: 10-1 M/L; 5-1 PT) was away last after being steadied and bumped at the break, pulled his way to contention and angled in to rate close, eased out after a half, bid between rivals in upper stretch to take a slim lead, dueled outside GENTLE JOHNNY from there and dug in under left handed rousing to prove best to return $12.00 to WIN, $7.00 to PLACE and $5.40 to SHOW.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.