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  4, 5, 8 w/ 2, 3, 5 ($18)
  • Race 3: $0.50 Pick-3  2, 3, 8 w/ 5, 7, 9 w/ 2, 6, 7 ($13.50)
  • Race 5: $0.10 Rainbow Pick-6  2 w/ 1 w/ 5, 6, 8 w/ 2, 9, 10 w/ 11, 13 w/ 5, 8 ($3.60)
  • Race 6: $0.50 Jackpot Pick-5  1, 6 w/ 5, 8 w/ 2, 9 w/ 11, 13 w/ 5, 8 ($16)
  • Race 9: $2 Double  9, 11, 13 w/ 5, 6, 8 ($18)

 

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  • Best Bet: Race 5 / #2 – Harbor Breeze (8-5)
  • Longshot: Race 4 / #5 – Rock Me Gently (12-1)

 

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* Laurel Park on Black Friday has just one (1) race (9th) scheduled to be run on the TURF. Forecast for the northern D.C. suburbs is for Mostly Cloudy skies with high temps in the low-60’s and just a slight chance of precipitation. The below selections are based on the TURF being “Firm” and a “Fast” main dirt track.  

Race 1

  1. #4 – Rodeado (6-1): Rough start in last; extra sixteenth might help turn tables on #5
  2. #5 – Andy’s Love (4-1): Ran behind two next out winners when 26-1 for best finish in 6 race career
  3. #8 – Celtic Lord (1-1): Been running on turf in past 3 after just missing v. better on Mth dirt  

 

Race 2

  1. #5 – Pride of Wilko (10-1): Only runner in here w/ win on Lrl dirt; looking past recent turf races to find back class
  2. #2 – Follow the Kitten (8-5): Best races have come on turf (Shocker… not!), but game in limited natural dirt tries (3:0-1-1)   
  3. #3Silver Bouquet (3-1): Only runner w/ 3 lifetime wins; 2 for 2 since W. Potts claim; makes Lrl debut

 

Race 3  

  1. #3 – It’s a Bang (6-1): Finds softer here after unable to run with better (Ben’s Cat for one) in MD Million Sprint; won by 3 when last time in for a Tag
  2. #8 – Road Agent (6-1): Has ability to clear field early and hold on for win if allowed to set soft fractions  
  3. #2Chaotic Bull (4-1): Shortens up to 5½f for first time in 40 race career; good move based on most recent effort

 

Race 4

  1. #5 – Rock Me Gently (12-1): $Longshot Play$ Has yet to win on natural dirt (3:0-0-2) but drop and fact Juarez (aboard for both wins) signs back on is a plus          
  2. #7 – Whiskey Sour (6-1): Showed early speed going a mile before fading may help in today’s cut back in distance
  3. #9 – Ghostly Games (15-1): Away 4 months since being claimed for $5k, won by 5+ at this level going long @ Pim this past spring

 

Race 5  

  1. #2 – Harbor Breeze (8-5): *Best Bet* Will be eligible for this (Alw 5000s) condition for quite some time & Magee the beneficiary via $5k Claim in Sept.; seeks natural Hat Trick  
  2. #6 – Puget Sound (15-1): Plenty of early speed in here could step up nicely for this Closer who has won 5 of 15 @ Lrl
  3. #7 – I’m Da Big Man (15-1): Exits turf races in 7 of last 9; been facing better and can compete on dirt (9:1-2-2)  

 

Race 6

  1. #1 – Lexington Street (3-5): Destroyed MD Million Nursery field by 5¾; holds big edge as far as Brisnet Prime Power number over rivals in here      
  2. #6 – Richwood (8-1): In first 2 races displayed running style of a horse wanting more distance; A. Dutrow still seeking 1st win at meet (0 for 11)
  3. #8 – Jump for Love (8-1): Bred to excel at two-turns; chased the #1 in MD Million Nursery; nice maintenance works

 

Race 7

  1. #8 – I Like to Whim (9-2): FTS by Medaglia d’Oro was yearling purchase for $625k; Motion has been patient getting her ready for debut; 2 bullets breezing from gate  
  2. #5 – Street Cruizer (6-1): MD-bred FTS by Quality Road has nice work tab as trainer Larry Murray scores w/ 26% of 2 y.o., 21% of FTS’  
  3. #6 – Paradise Bird (12-1): Like angle of taking time off to mature or work out the kinks after having high expectations in first two races (sent off 5-2 in both)       

 

Race 8

  1. #10 – Troubled Waters (5-1): Never OTB in 4 starts on Lrl dirt; need smart ride to avoid speed duel
  2. #2 – Profluent (15-1): Not just a turf specialist; has shown a liking for Lrl dirt in A.M.      
  3. #9 – Larry Le Roi (12-1): Toss the 2 turf sprints and he no longer looks like a double-digit longshot

 

* Race 9  

  1. #13– Maya Elizabeth (4-1): Looks like lone speed; hopefully Wolfsont reads Past Performances
  2. #11 – Sweet Fortune (7-2): Last effort was washed off turf; prior to that rally was stymied behind foes
  3. #9 – Pret Say Eye (10-1): “Pret” translated must be “Unlucky” as she either encounters traffic or races get taken off turf; one day will win at HUUUUGE odds

 

Race 10  

  1. #8 – Grain (7-2): Imagine he’ll be popular in the Claim Box; ITM in all 10 “Fast” track starts; drops to an enticing bottom level for owner/trainer K. Voss
  2. #5 – Show Me the Way (15-1): Nightmare trip in last race at this level yet only finished 4¾ behind winner
  3. #6 – Seventy Niner (6-1): Eubanks takes advantage of Waiver Claiming rule; usually a sign of “ready off the bench” or “needs a race”; hoping it’s the former

 

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • Thursday November 26th at Laurel Park followed by a Full Moon was a Turkey Day in more ways than one, having only 2 winners from 10 races (1 Top Selection; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $4.00 (1st race) and $13.60 (10th).
  • BEST BET of the Day (121: 30-27-21) Way of the Warrior (3rd race: 7-2 M/L; 5-2 PT) three deep the far turn, floated to the four path entering the stretch, raced on his left lead and gave way to finish 3rd returning $2.80 to SHOW.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (114: 14-13-21) Lucy Boo (4th race: 12-1 M/L; 12-1 PT) three wide between rivals and under rating, lightly steadied near the quarter pole, angled out and came up empty finishing 7th.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.