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  3, 5, 8  w/ 1, 6, 7 ($18)
  • Race 3: $0.50 Pick-3  1, 8, 10 w/ 2, 3, 5 w/ 3, 7, 10 ($13.50)
  • Race 5: $0.10 Rainbow Pick-6  3 w/ 6, 7 w/ 1, 3 w/ 4, 5, 6 w/ 4, 9 w/ 4, 6, 9 ($3.60)
  • Race 6: $0.50 Jackpot Pick-5  65, 7 w/ 1, 3 w/ 4, 5 w/ 4, 9 w/ 4, 9 ($8)
  • Race 9: $2 Double  1, 4, 9 w/ 4, 6, 9 ($18)

 

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    • Best Bet: Race 5 / #3 – Imslopokerodriguez (5-2)
    • Longshot: Race 9 / #4 –Duff (6-1)

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* Laurel Park on Sunday there is one race (7th) 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 rain showers which began late Saturday to continue through Sunday morning. The below selections are based on main track condition to be listed as “Sloppy” or “Good”. The fact that today MAY be the last of turf racing at Laurel this year, the 7th race MAY remain on the turf. Hence, selections for ON and OFF TURF.    

Race 1

  1. #5 – Skip the Punch (5-2): T. Keefe 37% w/ steep class droppers but this one’s jock seeks his first career win  
  2. #8 – Proration (4-1): 0 for 13 gelding gets 6th different jock in as many races; was 7-wide at ¼ pole when rallied for 3rd  going 5½f  
  3. #3 – Stormy Invasion (7-5): Hard to gauge after lone race was on turf @ Bel in MCL $40k; drop to $7k seems premature for $50k purchase, unless… 

 

Race 2  

  1. #6 – Finito (8-5): 1st off claim for Team Gaudet; extra 1/16th should help after troubled trips in past few
  2. #7 – Splitter (3-1): Been facing better; back to two-turns for 1st time since runner-up in MCL$10k in July    
  3. #1Barakeh (6-1): Two runner-up efforts on an off track in as many tries makes him a contender

 

Race 3  

  1. #10 – Grand Notion (7-2): Cuts back to sprint and 1st time in for a Tag in 4th career outing gives best shot yet to graduate
  2. #8 – Tricky Lion (6-1): What was Mancilla thinking by putting this maiden in MD Million Sprint v. Ben’s Cat?! Has best Brisnet# of this group on off track  
  3. #1Indifferent (15-1): Chance on class drop and off track as sire (Super Saver) won KY Derby over similar surface; note drills on muddy and good track

 

Race 4

  1. #5– Skipperdee (7-2): Drops to lowest level in 13 race career; bloodlines say she’ll relish off track and two-turns         
  2. #2 – Where’s the Risk (6-1): Been facing state breds in NY on turf past 7 outings; last main track effort was here over muddy track (4th by 1½) v. open $16k Claimers
  3. #3 – Awestruck Again (9-2): Claim 3 back hasn’t worked out and M. Matz bailed; rain might be a blessing

 

Race 5  

  1. #3 – Imslopokerodriguez (5-2): *Best Bet* This NY shipper has early speed & bullet drill in latest work to outlast this mixed bag of maidens as he shortens up 1/16th    
  2. #10 – Hickory Hill (8-1): Away since March after something went amiss in that outing to put him out of training until Sept.; like work tab riddled w/ bullets
  3. #7 – Joseph (15-1): Typical Jenkins move to give young trainees time off to regroup from failing to fulfill lofty expectations (2-1 PT fav. in debut)  

 

Race 6

  1. #7 – Snuggley Bear (4-1): This field lacks early speed, so thinking Carrasco will try to go gate-2-wire
  2. #6 – Hard to Want (8-1): Last outing proved he was in over his head and/or not meant to compete on dirt; let’s hope the track is “off”; 2 for 2 w/ T. Hole in irons
  3. #5 – Tribal Honour (12-1): Showed late interest at this level going 7f; additional panel can only help

 

* Race 7 If ON THE TURF…

  1. #1 – Fantod (9-2): Tough spot on the rail but has early speed to clear this group and win 2nd consecutive turf sprint  
  2. #3 – Irunalatte (4-1): Connections know this will be last turf race until next spring; so drop is a gamble… grab a purse and/or lose him via Claim   
  3. #10 – What a Wildcat (10-1): Game effort in rough outing at this level and distance when runner-up to top pick in here         

        If OFF THE TURF…

  1. #4 – Silver Legend (9-5): (MTO) Gets lucky w/ rain this Magee “1st off Claim” runner should be prohibitive favorite
  2. #12 – Skeleton Crew (10-1): Amazing 12 y.o. still has the will to win; ITM 4 of 6 on an “off track”  
  3. #9 – Awakino Cat (20-1): Must have been a weak field to have been PT fav. on turf @ Med last outing; chances will be enhanced if off the turf 

 

Race 8

  1. #5 – Cozze Cat (6-1): To see him run off in Post Parade prior to debut, then be runner-up to colt who next out was 2nd as PT favorite in MD Million Nursery, was simply amazing; big question is… can you trust a rider who is 1 for 107 in ’15?      
  2. #6 – Terp Love (10-1): 3-time beaten fav. has burned plenty of money, but new barn may breathe fresh life and different results      
  3. #4 – Jump Jive an Wail (5-1): FTS by Jump Start morning drills are not impressive but recall a mention of this one’s name having potential… or I was dreaming?

 

Race 9  

  1. #4– Duff (6-1): $Longshot Play$ Return to two-turns is what the doctor ordered after he came up a head short going 7f off a layoff v. El Kabeir
  2. #9 – Connemara Coast (8-1): Always seems to be in the mix of things in deep stretch; does best work at Lrl
  3. #1 – Golden Glint (5-2): “Magic” Magee (31% 1st off Claim) has likely put his golden touch this 6 y.o. who is 2 for 2 on an “off track”

 

Race 10  

  1. #4 – Salsalito (4-1): Drops two class levels in search of that elusive 2nd career victory; shaky top pick being he’s 1 for 26 lifetime
  2. #9 – Roman Magic (4-1): Ness plays “revolving door” w/ jocks as 10 lb. bug is 8th different rider in past 8 starts; runner-up to next out winner in last start
  3. #6 – Einstein’s Theory (12-1): Has a pair of third place efforts at this level; often been good enough to complete the Trifecta

 

 YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • Saturday November 28th at Laurel Park with had 8 winners from 10 races (2 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $7.20 (1st race), $2.60 (2nd), $16.00 (3rd), $4.40 (4th) $19.00 (6th), $3.80 (7th), $17.00 (8th) and $5.80 (10th).
  • BEST BET of the Day (123: 31-28-21) Time to Spare (5th race: 2-1 M/L; 2-1 PT) bobbled at the break, stalked the pace three wide between horses, gained the lead entering the stretch and finished gamely inside the winner to return $3.00 to PLACE and $2.80 to SHOW.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (116: 14-13-21) Charlie’s Darlin (8th race: 8-1 M/L; 9-1 PT) between rivals early, angled in to make a slight run leaving the far turn and gave way to finish 6th.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.