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, 4, 5 w/ 4, 5, 7 ($18)
  • Race 3: $0.50 Pick-3 2, 8, 12 w/ 3, 5, 6 w/ 2, 3, 6 ($13.50)
  • Race 5: $0.10 Rainbow Pick-6  3, 6 w/ 3, 8 w/ 2, 4 w/ 2 w/ 7, 8 w/ 6, 7, 10 ($4.80)
  • Race 6: $0.50 Jackpot Pick-5 3, 8 w/ 2, 4 w/ 2, 3, 5 w/ 7 w/ 7, 10 ($12)
  • Race 9: $2 Double 6, 7, 8 w/ 6, 7, 10 ($18)

 

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  • Best Bet: Race 8 / #2 – Four Inch Heels (5-2)
  • Longshot: Race 5 / #3 – Thundering Sky (12-1)

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* Laurel Park on Saturday there is one race (3rd) scheduled to be run on the TURF. Forecast for the northern D.C. suburbs is for Mostly Sunny skies with high temps in the upper-50’s and just a slight chance of precipitation. The below selections are based on that race remaining ON THE TURF listed as “Good” and main track condition to be listed as “Fast.”

Race 1

  1. #5 – Lasamanamama (8-5): Lukewarm endorsement for runner w/ “2nd-itis” (41:6-14-9) 
  2. #2 – Idon’tknogoaskanni (6-1): Gets some class relief today; 1st time McCarthy rides for Gonzalez this meet  
  3. #4 – Cathelda (8-1): Makes starts at CT, Pen, Pim and has had success at Lrl w/ limited starts (5:2-1-0)  

 

Race 2  

  1. #4 – Whisky Rock (8-5): Based on last two, 7f a tad too far and 5½f not far enough; gets 6f here at same level; no excuses
  2. #5 – Citation Star (2-1): Fresh off maiden score v. MCL$10k; cuts back in distance; can repeat    
  3. #7 – Handsome Senor (12-1): Should get an honest pace to ran at in deep stretch; positive jock switch

 

* Race 3  

  1. #12 – Pret Say Eye (5-2): Interesting drop, available for $11k off win at 18-1 v. N1X was not a fluke IMHO
  2. #2 – Penry (6-1): Earned career best turf Brisnet# two back at this distance v. better; Sheppard looking to get off the schneid (0 for 24 at meet)
  3. #8 – Lady From Cheyenne (7-2): In top form these days as she’s improved her speed figure the past 3 races

 

Race 4

  1. #6– Kowboy Duel (4-1): Got up for SHOW purse in both starts sprinting; stretch out to one mile can only help          
  2. #5 – Wheresthesheriff (3-1): Have to respect A. Goldberg runners; got buried at Bel in state-bred MCL$40k but should relish extra distance
  3. #3 – Cute as a Button (8-1): Dirt debut after 2 on turf to start career for KTL who is 3 for 8 w/ maidens 1st time in for a Tag

 

Race 5  –  $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes

  1. #3 – Thundering Sky (12-1): $Longshot Play$ an into a buzz saw (Lewis Bay) in debut when she wasn’t expected to do much based on PT odds (29-1); look for this maiden to graduate in a $100k stakes Lasix-free    
  2. #6 – Cathryn Sophia (1-2): John Servis may have a freak on his hands as jock sat on her like a statue from quarter pole to the wire  
  3. #2 – Look Who’s Talking (5-1): Was game in defeat going one mile against her male counterparts on a “good” Laurel track that borderlined “fast”    

 

Race 6

  1. #8 – Party Rock (7-2): Consistent speed figures lately point here; takes advantage of condition to protect on drop      
  2. #3 – Mothernaturespell (4-1): Claimed back out of last at Dmr then shipped east; X-Man/W. Potts combo hitting at 22% clip
  3. #6 – Ginger Beer (5-1): 1st time on natural dirt in 22nd career start; recent work at Pim (4f :48, 2/19) indicates she should handle it

 

Race 7 – $100,000 Marylander Stakes

  1. #4 – Never Gone South (7-5): Sticking with history, think this guy will make it four consecutive years that the odds-on favorite prevails in this event
  2. #2 – Vorticity (8-5): Carrasco picks up the mount instead of staying on the #6; look for better PT odds than what the M/L shows  
  3. #6 – Tale of E Dubai (10-1): Heavily backed in both starts; whatever the issue may have been in debut, appears to have been resolved during 6½ month layoff

 

Race 8

  1. #2 – Four Inch Heels (5-2): *Best Bet* Smart claim for John Servis; looks for 4th straight win; Brisnet Prime Power# is much the best      
  2. #5 – Tallow (10-1): Viewing late run in last start going 5½f as a “tightener” for today; both wins have come here (8:2-1-1)        
  3. #3 – Sweet On Smokey (6-1): Game 3rd in last when in tight quarters late; Carrasco/Gonzalez firing on all cylinders at the meet (30%)

 

Race 9  – $100,000 Willa On the Move Stakes

  1. #7 – Lady Sebalia (2-5): Hard to look past her especially after that 1st race after layoff romp at Belmont versus similar, if not better, earning her a 102 Brisnet Speed Figure (BSF)  
  2. #8 – Lionhearted Lady (12-1): Appears to be in the best physical condition of her career earning back-to-back 90+ BSFs; away since MD Million Distaff win but love the recent A.M. drills
  3. #6 – Galiana (6-1): With this gal it’s usually all or nothing (30:15-3-4); she’s 11 for 18 at this distance; 3rd race after layoff and back facing fillies & mares as she took on the boys in the last two

 

Race 10  

  1. #10 – Bookmaker (6-5): Stretch out to 7f should help just as much as drop from MCL$25k
  2. #7 – Notion Motion (5-1): Been at this level in past 4 outings while speed figures gradually get better
  3. #6 – Hibernia Fire (15-1): Took time off after disappointing debut; drops and equipped w/ Blinkers; work tab shows promise

 

 YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • Friday December 4th at Laurel Park with had 5 winners from 10 races (3 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $6.20 (1st race), $6.20 (2nd), $9.40 (4th), $5.00 (7th) and $8.40 (9th).
  • BEST BET of the Day (125: 31-28-22) Next Best Thing (3rd race: 5-2 M/L; 6-5 PT) moved along the rail around the turn and in the stretch but flattened out while salvaging finish 3rd, 1½ lengths behind the winner to return $2.40 to SHOW.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (118: 14-14-21) Sonny Inspired (6th race: 9-2 M/L; 8-1 PT) saved ground off the pace, angled four wide for the drive but failed to generate a response while finishing 4th.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.