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

 

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    • Best Bet: Race 5 / #8 – Time to Spare (2-1)
    • Longshot: Race 8 / #2 – Charlie Darlin (8-1)

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* Laurel Park on Saturday there are no races scheduled to be run on the TURF. Forecast for the northern D.C. suburbs is for Mostly Cloudy skies with high temps in the mid-50’s and a 40% chance of showers later in the day. The below selections are based on the natural dirt surface condition being listed as “Fast.”

Race 1

  1. #11 – Pulpit’s Legacy (5-2): Toss slop start @ CT as he’s never been ITM on off track; Blinkers back on a smart move in 2nd start for McMahon barn
  2. #7 – Supermon (6-1): Like the late gain going 5½f 1st time for Brooks when he has been going long; expect improvement stretching to 7f
  3. #2 – Homeboykris (4-1): 2nd start after Tim Ice claim; was very chilly on board (74-1) in 1st, a Str Alw and was eased; red flag on drop?  

 

Race 2

  1. #6 – Cowtown Brown (7-5): 3 y.o. w/ 8:3-2-1 record takes advantage of condition v. older N3L in $5k Claim, while she beat $10k claimers last outing
  2. #7 – La Luna Rouge (3-1): Beaten fav. in 3 of past 5 races… all on turf or synthetic; makes natural dirt debut here for Stidham who’s 24% w/ steep class droppers    
  3. #1Git’er Dun Kirk (20-1): First glance is a turf runner settling for a dirt race; reality is her only 2 wins came on fast dirt track (10:2-0-1) while she’s 10:0-1-1 on turf

 

Race 3  

  1. #4 – Madame Mabry (9-5): Huge edge in Brisnet Prime Power#, but why would R A Hill Stable NY homebred be offered for bottom claiming dollar ($14k in $16k) after 2 game efforts for $40k v. NY-breds?
  2. #6 – Midnightsweetdream (20-1): Could the 1 mile race, showing early speed for 1st time in 6-race career have been a stamina builder for cut back today?  
  3. #7Xtra Blue (12-1): Took time off after 1st two races @ Del; has fired 2 bullets in most recent works; drops from $30k

 

Race 4

  1. #3– Cluain Meala (5-2): Ness jumped on this one, when in for tag for first time win over a year; is 36% 1st after claim and 41% dropping off claim          
  2. #8 – Virginia Rose (10-1): Curious S. Lake claim when 19-1 @ Del from 0 for 84 trainer; 1st start 47 days later & drops
  3. #2 – Lily’s Peak (8-5): Comes off 13 length win v. $4kN1Y @ Pen; no stranger to Lrl (7:3-0-1) and 2 for 4 at this distance

 

Race 5  

  1. #8 – Time to Spare (2-1): *Best Bet* Most in this field want to be on or near the lead; should make late charge to grab diploma
  2. #5 – Adira (9-2): Drops in for a Tag after 2 unsuccessful turf then 2 dirt tries; willing to cut bait on $75k purchase as yearling for $20k 3 years later
  3. #6 – Kiss the Princess (8-1): Beaten fav. in 5th career start, on Del turf; makes natural dirt debut  

 

Race 6

  1. #7 – True Arch (5-1): Extensive work tab in preparation of career debut; Delacour FTS’ going long are 2 for 5     
  2. #2 – Winning Road (8-5): NY shipper is a MD-bred for M. Dilger (19%) looking for easier spot to graduate and/or MD bonus money
  3. #6 – It’s the Journey (8-1): Got in gear a bit late in debut, showing late interest v. a couple next out winners

 

Race 7

  1. #1/1A – Lorilee/Starkers (5-2): Magee duo has legit shot at running 1-2; #1 is a gate-2-wire threat while stablemate gets 1st Lasix trying to cure 2nd-itis (15:1-7-1) in 1st race off claim  
  2. #4 – Bustin to Win (9-5): Usually tough to support a Pen shipper, but debut win got big Brisnet# (95) and runner-up came back to break maiden  
  3. #5 – Humint (8-1): Making progress with every start as the Brisnet#’s keep improving        

 

Race 8

  1. #2 – Charlie’s Darlin (8-1): $Longshot Play$ Willing to forgive turf try in last; has displayed willingness to run on late; may put it all together today      
  2. #6 – Acamar (3-1): Multiple changes for 3rd career start… 1st dirt + 1st Lasix could = 1st victory      
  3. #5 – Gursky (6-1): 3-time beaten fav. has burned plenty of money, but new barn may breathe fresh life and different results

 

* Race 9  

  1. #9– Simmadownnow (4-1): Hasn’t had a clean, excuse-free race since Eppler claim 6 races ago; should handle stretch out to 7f
  2. #7 – Understanding (9-2): Scratched from race on Thurs. card to go here; been facing N2X so this group of N1X should seem softer
  3. #6 – Lemon de Oro (9-2): Beaten fav. in last two has never been OTB in 3 races at this distance; Brisnet#’s keep ascending since moving to from SoCal to East Coast this earlier year

 

Race 10  

  1. #2 – R Rousey (7-2): Ran a winning race last outing when denied by much better foe; cut back from 7f to 5½f could be formula for maiden score
  2. #6 – Reward Well (6-1): Showed early foot on turf in debut; gives dirt a try while dropping in for Tag; J.E. Salzman Jr. is 43% w/ this angle
  3. #11 – Sammi’s Valentine (5-1): McCarthy opts Perkins trainee instead of Weaver’s (#12); addition of Blinkers and time off to mature shows via A.M. drills    

 

 YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • Friday November 27th at Laurel Park with had 7 winners from 10 races (3 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $5.40 (1st race), $43.40 (4th), $4.40 (5th), $2.80 (6th) $13.40 (7th), $38.40 (9th) and $16.20 (10th). Of the suggested wagers hit $2 DOUBLE in R9-R10 for $492.20 (cost: $12).
  • BEST BET of the Day (122: 31-27-21) Harbor Breeze (5th race: 8-5 M/L; 6-5 PT) saved ground the first turn, angled to the two path entering the backstretch, challenge for the lead between horses entering the stretch, dueled inside LIAM’S SONG through the lane and edged clear late to prevail as the victor to return $4.60 to WIN, $3.00 to PLACE and $2.60 to SHOW.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (115: 14-13-21) Rock Me Gently (4th race: 12-1 M/L; 14-1 PT) bumped at the break, settled off the pace, steadied and angled out to avoid a fallen rival near the three eighths pole, swung out very wide for the drive and closed willingly, missing SHOW purse by a neck to finish 4th.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.