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 ($66,931 carryover), Pick-4s and rolling Doubles and Pick-3s.

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  • Race 1: $2 Double  1, 3, 9 w/ 2, 3, 7 ($18)
  • Race 3: $0.50 Pick-3  2, 3, 5 w/ 2, 4, 7 w/ 2, 5, 8 ($13.50)
  • Race 4: $0.10 Rainbow Pick-6  4, 7 w/ 2, 5, 8 w/ 7, 11 w/ 1, 4, 9 w/ 3, 9, 11 w/ 9, 11, 12 ($32.40)
  • Race 6: $0.50 Pick-4   7 w/ 1, 4, 9 w/ 3, 9, 11 w/ 9, 11, 12 ($13.50)
  • Race 8: $2 Double  3, 9, 11 w/ 9, 11, 12 ($18)

 

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  • Best Bet: Race 6 / #7 – Grain (2-1)
  • Longshot: Race 8 / #11 – Dr. Toole (10-1)

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* Laurel Park has closed the turf courses for the season. As far as condition of the main track… the forecast for the northern D.C. suburbs is for Sunny skies but windy and cold with temps in the mid-40’s but zero chance of precipitation. The below selections are based on the main track condition being listed as “Fast.”

Race 1

  1. #9 – Notion Motion (6-1): Tired when chasing two nice 2-year-olds; retains Carrasco’s services
  2. #3 – Saint Eddie (2-1): Lost all chance at the start in last; will be tough to catch w/ clean break  
  3. #1/1A – Takethattothebank/Oyster Soup (5-2): #1 gets Lasix for 3rd start; #1A is FTS by Friesan Fire, has nice, steady work tab     

 

Race 2  

  1. #2 – Star Gazer (4-1): Addition of blinkers resulted in huge improvement in 2nd career start… a maiden breaker; should love stretch out  
  2. #3 – Welcome Fairbanks (9-2): Steps up after Gonzalez claim for $15k when failed as 1-1 favorite     
  3. #7 – Bissinger (12-1): Out of jail as Ice wheels this gelding back at same level; like the work tab for new barn

 

Race 3  

  1. #3 – Admiral Gianni (9-5): Hard to believe 2nd time starter who made debut at CT is favorite, but should run down early speed  
  2. #2 – Bama Sam (3-1): Much the second best in most recent effort when equipped w/ blinkers       
  3. #5 – Jumping Julian (10-1): Gets early pace help but still needs to step up after outrunning odds lat time

 

Race 4

  1. #7 – Regal Soldier (4-1): Game efforts in past two when having to alter course; clean trip here gets to Winner’s Circle          
  2. #4 – Bank Float (7-2): Lightly raced 5-year-old gets initial try on dirt after facing better on turf
  3. #2 – Snuggley Bear (4-1): Beaten favorite (by 1½) at this level on off track; may have better chance today on “fast” going   

 

Race 5  

  1. #2 – Charmed Victory (9-2): Tough to ignore FTS out of Jenkins barn especially when Hillwood Stable shelled out $260k for this one as a yearling    
  2. #8 – Hennessy Fire (9-5): Sharp in debut as runner-up @ 20-1, 6 lengths clear of SHOW horse    
  3. #5 – Yankee Tar (10-1): Took action in debut but didn’t get interested in running until too late; Eppler 23% w/ runners in second start

 

Race 6

  1. #7 – Grain (2-1): *Best Bet* All I want for Christmas is… for someone to claim this gelding for me! Has tons of back class and is a Cash Cow
  2. #11 – Mabroom (10-1): Appears KTL is willing to lose this turf runner instead of patiently waiting for turf season next year   
  3. #1 – Ted’s Memoires (6-1): Skips a condition as he just won N2L but that was on a steep drop; McCarthy stays while bailing on Ness (#12)

 

Race 7

  1. #4 – Honorable Daniel (7-5): Speedster gets distance relief as he exits $40k MCL & returns to MSW
  2. #1 – Breezed Bayou (5-1): Hoping he calls out his name to fading speed in deep stretch; away since May but fired a couple bullets in A.M.  
  3. #9 – Hekla (9-2): FTS by First Samurai will try to make A. Dutrow a winner for first time at Lrl meet (16:0-2-2)  

 

Race 8

  1. #11 – Dr. Toole (10-1): $Longshot Play$ 1st start since being gelded may make the difference here even though this angle has lost its luster since mandatory reporting; BTW – HATE the phrase, “1st time gelding” because there won’t be a 2nd time!        
  2. #3 – Vakeesh (15-1): Unlucky trips in last two; trainer trying to break year-long drought (0 for 25)  
  3. #9 – Daddy in the Dark (4-1): Has turned in impressive Brisnet#’s since switch to dirt off Magee claim 4 back    

 

Race 9  

  1. #11 – Sixty Milesperhour (6-1): Finally broke maiden for $7,500 @ Pen after failing as PT fav. in 3 previous; owns top Prime Power number
  2. #12 – Don’t Be Fooled (5-1): One of just a few class droppers in here; W. Potts is 28% dropping 2+ class levels
  3. #9 – Tough Sky (12-1): Having blind faith or trusting recent works have cured his So. FL racing ills of late    

 

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • Friday December 18th at Laurel Park had 5 winners from 9 races (2 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $7.40 (2nd race), $3.80 (3rd), $4.60 (4th), $8.20 (6th) and $19.00 (7th).
  • BEST BET of the Day (129: 34-29-22) Mongolian King (4th race: 9-5 M/L; 2-1 PT) kicked clear early, set the pace towards the inside, was joined from his outside by KOPPER WIRED after a half mile, kicked clear of that one nearing the lane, drifted out when asked left handed, straightened away when hooked by the winner, battled to the sixteenth pole then gave way grudgingly while finishing 4 lengths clear of the SHOW horse to return $3.40 to PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (123: 14-15-22) Avery’s Parade (1st race: 15-1 M/L; 27-1 PT) eased off the rail to the two path turning for home and failed to rally in an even effort to finish 5th.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.