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 ($50,000+ carryover), Pick-4s and rolling Doubles and Pick-3s. Today’s GQ Approach has a special guest writer, pinch-hitting for GQ: his ne’er do well cousing QG.  You have been warned.

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  • Race 1: $5 Double  QG turns his nose up at multi-race wagers….
  • Race 3: $0.50 Pick-3  
  • Race 4: $0.10 Rainbow Pick-6 
  • Race 6: $0.50 Pick-4  
  • Race 8: $2 Double  

 

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  • Best Bet: Race 9 / #2 – Dancing Lucy (7-5)
  • Longshot: Race 5 / #9 – Dirty Dozen (15-1)

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* Expected track conditions: Fast/Good

Race 1

  1. #4 – Time to Spare (1-1): Speed figs stand out; ran second last out against slightly better; only horse to run back was 2nd
  2. #8 – Northern Prancer (10-1): Eppler leaves this one at 16k despite options to drop; is she fit off the layoff? Note one-mile work on 11/29
  3. #2 – Bringonthethunder (8-1): Keefe trainee showed good speed before tiring late; 10-pound bug Luzzi gets the job, but trainer working on lengthy second-start losing streak

 

Race 2  

  1. #7 – Luv From Abuv (6-1): Improving sort had aim last but emptied out in the drive going two turns; dials back here and has been in the money three of four on a fast main track; addition of McCarthy in the irons a plus
  2. #5 – Anna May Our Queen (3-5): Two good tries against better since Gonzalez claim
  3. #1 – Star Eighty (9-2): Only runner here to own win at the distance (2:1-1-0)

 

Race 3*

  1. #4 – Barney Rebel (7-2): 7yo fits here, has won off the layoff before
  2. #6 – Intrepid Citizen (3-1): Gary Cap having a banner meet, but this one’s lost four straight on the lawn
  3. #2 – Model Citizen (8-1): Sacco trainee doesn’t win much (32:2-4-5) but always seems to be sniffing around at the end

 

Race 4

  1. #9– Anythingicandoforu (5-2): Back in Eppler barn, 3yo beat similar last out, one of two here with 3 wins
  2. #7 – Silver Bouquet (3-1): Potts trainee saw two-race win streak snapped by choice in last; all three career wins at 8.5f distance
  3. #3 – Dream Brew (2-1): Much improved last two but emptied out late to be second in only two-turn try to date   

 

Race 5  

  1. #9 – Dirty Dozen (15-1) — Longshot play: Weak group here might open the door for modestly bred Keefe firster, whose work tab looks good enough
  2. #7 – Belle Allessandra (8-1): Not the cleanest trip last out, but Magee trainee stuck with it; interesting to see Pimentel take the call
  3. #6 – Glorious Ride (4-1): Second in slightly faster of two MC16k heats on 11/28

 

Race 6

  1. #10 – Seventy Niner (4-1): Trippi gelding’s been away since March and hasn’t won in a long time, but note 11/14 work; also, trainer Eubanks opts not to run for the tag
  2. #7 – The Pulse (5-2): Thrashed similar by a pole two back, gave a credible account of himself last out against much better
  3. #5 – Compulsive (6-1): Gaudet trainee loves the distance (9:3-3-2)

 

* Race 7

  1. #14 – Cou Rouge (8-1): Outfooted but game at 4 1/2f last out, could find good trip from outside
  2. #4 – Tribal Honour (4-1): In the money 11 of 20 career starts — but just two wins; more of the same here?
  3. #9 – Andy Picked Me (7-2): Thrashed similar last out, and race has produced one next-out winner; wish we could have more confidence he’d replicate that effort

 

Race 8

  1. #1 – Cerebral (3-1): Improving sort working through his allowance conditions looks the part here; inside post an advantage with short run to first turn
  2. #10 – Behemoth (5-1): Son of Giant’s Causeway closing in on 400k earnings, has been knocking on the door this season; stretches out to preferred distance
  3. #8 – Sailor’s Revenge (7-2): Last couple suggest return to form for DeMasi trainee, steps up off dominant score

 

Race 9*

  1. #2 – Dancing Lucy (7-5) — Best Bet: Just missed against much better last out; winner Secret Or Not took ALW test on 12/11
  2. #3 – Lovingly (6-1): Not inclined to judge fifth against BEL MSW horses too harshly
  3. #11 – Purnata (5-2): Efforts at GP last winter suggest she’ll fit just fine here

 

 YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • Tough day: bombs away on Saturday, with longshots galore coming in.
  • BEST BET of the Day (128: 34-28-22) Throwback (4th race) was scratched.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (122: 14-15-22) Roxbury Rocket (7th race: 6-1 M/L; 7-2 PT) chased the pace 3w, swung to the four path in the lane, drifted in while challenging for the lead, and hung to be second by 1 1/2 lengths, returning $5.60 to PLACE and $3.40 to SHOW.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.