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 ($91,337 carryover), Pick-4s and rolling Doubles and Pick-3s.

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  • Race 1: $5 Double  1, 4, 10 w/ 6 ($15)
  • Race 3: $0.50 Pick-3  3, 9, 10 w/ 1, 7, 9 w/ 2, 5, 12 ($13.50)
  • Race 4: $0.10 Rainbow Pick-6  7, 9 w/ 2, 5, 12 w/ 1, 3 w/ 1, 3, 4 w/ 2, 3, 7 w/ 1, 2, 12 ($32.40)
  • Race 6: $0.50 Pick-4  3 w/ 1, 3, 4 w/ 2, 3, 7 w/ 1, 2, 12 ($13.50)
  • Race 8: $2 Double  2, 3, 7 w/ 1, 2, 12 ($18)

 

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  • Best Bet: Race 6 / #3 – Ravenheart (9-2)
  • Longshot: Race 8 / #7 – Any Court Inastorm (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 Partly Cloudy skies with temps in the low-60’s and 60% chance of showers. The below selections are based on the main track condition being listed as “Sloppy” to “Good.”

Race 1

  1. #10 – Crafty Regan (5-2): Runner-up when stepped up in 1st race after Brooks’ claim; back to level where she can get that 2nd career win
  2. #4 – Misskittyhas Sass (8-1): WV-bred makes 1st start in open company; only win came at this distance  
  3. #1 – Dumpster Diva (12-1): Lit up board ($83.20) in 3rd start v. MCL $8k on drop in 1st start since Sept. ’14; could repeat with similar trip     

 

Race 2 – $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes

  1. #6 – Lexington Street (4-5): A stand out on paper, but the race isn’t run on paper; still she has proven to be the best in her class, locally thus far; the bullet drill, her only work since her last race indicates no drop off    
  2. #7 – Look Who’s Talking (9-2): Comes closest to the favorite as far as Brisnet#; giving her a pass in Gin Talking based on shoe issue that caused her to miss entire Post Parade and pre-race warm-up     
  3. #4 – If I Was a Boy (10-1): Beaten favorite after runner-up when 27-1 in debut; addition of Lasix might give an indication why she “gave way” in second career outing

 

Race 3  

  1. #10 – Maestra Brava (6-1): 1st start for Brooks’ barn; in at same level off only previous dirt try (4th by 3)  
  2. #9 – Beautiful Swimmer (6-1): Too much at Pen for MCL $16k in 1st race since mid-April / barn switch, but Carrasco staying on gives hope       
  3. #3 – Frecuencia (15-1): Outrun in July debut v. MSW; adds Lasix along w/ precipitous drop in 2nd career outing

 

Race 4 – $100,000 Dave’s Friend Stakes

  1. #7 – Jake N Elwood (3-1): Should be able to get the early lead without too much effort; if Navarro can milk the first half in 46 and change, he’s a threat to go gate-to-wire          
  2. #9 – Majestic Hussar (12-1): Beat just 2 lengths by Breeders Cup Sprint SHOW horse (Favorite Tale) in $200k stakes at Pen; if the track is “off,” he’s your play (4: 3-1-0)
  3. #1 – Always Sunshine (8-1): Hard to ignore that 108 Brisnet# in most recent outing; late blooming three-year-old has yet to run a bad race in 7 lifetime efforts   

 

Race 5

  1. #2 – Don Tito (5-1): Connections take advantage of Waiver Claiming rule here; like work tab and has shown nice late foot in 1st try off the bench in the past
  2. #5 – Mail Order Groom (6-1): ”Magee Magic” could be at work 1st race after claim (30%); escape synthetic @ WO; FE dirt form looks good    
  3. #12 – Buckleberry Grey (12-1): Won last v. N4L @ Prx for trainer M. Pino 1st race after claim; interesting that J. Nuarez takes off Dad’s entry (#8) to ride this one  

 

Race 6 – $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity Stakes

  1. #3 – Ravenheart (9-2): *Best Bet* Bode! Bode! The Olympic Alpine star has been on a roll with his two-year-olds locally; this son of Dance With Ravens was his first winner and might be his best… MD-bred         
  2. #4 – Flash McCaul (3-1): Adds blinkers which could be the missing ingredient to end this string of runner-up efforts and break through to get win #2   
  3. #1 – Easy River (15-1): Has had time off to mature and build stamina as shown in work tab with pair of 6f drills

 

Race 7

  1. #4 – Cho Time (5-1): Will get a similar set up as he did 2 race back when making a strong rally in deep stretch
  2. #1 – Proper Freud (9-2): Won 2 races back for same condition; runner-up against much better in last start  
  3. #3 – Dukati (15-1): PPs look ugly since being claimed 3 back, but steep class drop might help if he can get to the lead early    

 

Race 8 – $50,000 Jennings Handicap

  1. #7 – Any Court Inastorm (10-1): $Longshot Play$ Should get a nice, quick early pace to stalk as trainer Jason Egan has also entered a rabbit (#8 – He’s Achance) to keep the M/L favorite busy early
  2. #2 – Coach Fridge (15-1): Hard to use this one on top or in multi-race wagers having only 3 wins from 40 starts, but he has completed some nice Exactas and this could be another  
  3. #3 – Noteworthy Peach (5-1): Very talented gelding and loves this distance (4: 3-0-1); has perfect off the pace running style to catch leg weary early speed in deep stretch    

 

Race 9 – $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes

  1. #12 – Pangburn (6-1): Her Past Performances look like a Who’s Who of the upper echelon of three-year-old fillies this year; time for A. Dutrow to get monkey off his back (0 for 19 at meet)
  2. #2 – Stroke Play (9-2): Deep Closer needs pace help; ran into a buzz saw in Hot City Girl in her only start at Laurel two back
  3. #1 – Lionhearted Lady (10-1): Like the 6 furlong effort 1st after layoff chasing Lady Sabelia with strong gallop out; should get a dream rail trip    

 

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

Sunday December 20th at Laurel Park cousin QG had 7 winners from 9 races (1 Top Selection; payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $4.80 (1st race), $8.60 (2nd), $4.80 (3rd), $10.20 (5th), $14.40 (7th), $5.80 (8th) and $7.00 (9th).

Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.