The GQ Approach features full-card selections from Laurel Park (in 2016 live racing Friday-Monday thru Feb. 15th; Post Time 12:25pm), including a daily Best Bet, Longshot Play, and multi-race wagers — including the MANDATORY PAYOUT of the 50 cent Pick-5 ($16,361 carryover) as well as Pick-4s and rolling Doubles and Pick-3s.

 

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  • Race 1: $2 Double  2, 5, 11 w/ 6, 9, 10 ($18)
  • Race 3: $0.50 Pick-3  5, 9, 10 w/ 1, 6, 12 w/ 4, 9, 10 ($13.50)
  • Race 5: $0.50 Pick-5   4, 9, 10, 11 w/ 5, 7, 9, 10 w/ 1, 7, 10 w/ 5, 7 w/ 6, 8 ($96)
  • Race 6: $0.50 Pick-4  5, 7, 9 w/ 1, 7, 10 w/ 5, 7 w/ 5, 6, 8 ($27)
  • Race 8: $2 Double  5, 7, 9 w/ 5, 6, 8 ($18)

 

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  • Best Bet: Race 8 / #7 – Lovable Lady (2-1)
  • Longshot: Race 7 / #1 – Homeboykris (6-1)

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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 Mostly Cloudy skies with temps in the low-50’s and slight chance of precipitation. The below selections are based on the main track condition being listed as “Fast”. This is the last racing day of the (Fall meet) year which requires a MANDATORY PAYOUT of the 50 cent Jackpot Pick-5 ($16,361 carryover) and Rainbow Pick-6 (no carryover due to it being hit on the most recent racing day, Sunday). 

Race 1

  1. #2 – R Rousey (3-1): Outran (7-1) odds to be runner-up one race after failing as PT favorite at same level
  2. #11 – Kyleigh’s Smile (5-1): Showed late interest at this level and distance in debut after rough start 2 races back  
  3. #5 – Fooled by Magic (5-2): Drops to lowest level in 8-race career w/o having hit the board, but has top Prime Power#     

 

Race 2  

  1. #9 – Supermon (9-2): Been knocking on the door v. similar since moving to Brooks barn; like the jock switch    
  2. #6 – Current Rate (4-1): Field lacks early speed which gives this one a chance to go gate-to-wire     
  3. #10 – Franklin (10-1): Brisnet Speed Figures have climbed in past 3 races; was 3rd open $5k in last

 

Race 3  

  1. #5 – Stormy Invasion (4-1): Not a bad effort when stepping up in class 1st after claim for being “Checked; pinched start”; out of jail and drops back down to claimed level  
  2. #9 – Regal Crossing (12-1): Boucher trying to convert a failed steeplechase runner to dirt sprinter; bullet work is a positive sign       
  3. #10 – Skip the Punch (5-1): 1st after Cartagena claim; out of jail; either worked on stamina or hoping for a speed favoring track

 

Race 4

  1. #1 – Johnny Whitebird (5-1): “Magic” Magee 30% 1st race after claim for $5k in open company; gives leg up to Bug Boy Luzzi          
  2. #12 – Flavor (6-1): 9 y.o. needed last one off bench; always seems to get a check for KTL at this level
  3. #6 – Senor Quickie (15-1): Is not so much from the gate, but kicks it in late; eligible for condition by 6 days   

 

Race 5

  1. #10 – Supsa (3-1): Special K does well (3:2-1-0) in the irons for small but high pct. (27%) barn
  2. #4 – Turnout (9-2): 2 for 3 at Lrl; has back class to handle step up in class for leading trainer (Magee)
  3. #9 – Bridget Moloney (10-1): Torn as to whether off track helped in past two wins/races when PT favorite or found old form  

 

Race 6  

  1. #5 – In the Navy Now (9-2): Running line of first 3 career tries sprinting has look of a runner wanting more distance         
  2. #7 – Tiz Majesty (8-1): Has looked better running on dirt v. turf; needs to mature and “want to win”
  3. #9 – Sunrise Ruby (5-1): Another promising Bode Miller 2 year old; Abbott does wonders 2nd time out (36%) and going sprint-to-route (28%)  

 

Race 7

  1. #1 – Homeboykris (6-1): $Longshot Play$ Hard to believe once upon a time he won G1 Champagne and “participated” (16th) in KY Derby; tough spot at rail needing hot pace to chase down late
  2. #7 – Burning Mandate (5-1): 1st race after KTL claim who must think this 7 year old will continue to be a Cash Cow; never OTB (6:2-3-1) at distance  
  3. #10 – Romp City (8-1): Overmatched in Alw5000s in last; Boyce takes mount & capable of upsetting this group  

 

Race 8

  1. #7 – Lovable Lady (2-1): *Best Bet* Away since mid-May but should be ready to win here based on late running style and probable pace meltdown        
  2. #5 – Ginger Beer (7-2): Won here in last outing in first try on natural dirt in 22nd career start; another who will benefit from hot, early pace  
  3. #9 – Louise’s Legacy (8-1): Fresh off maiden score; has been improving in each start for Deiter barn     

 

Race 9  

  1. #8 – Last Confession (9-2): Connections seem to have no patience with Claimers; if they cannot compete at higher level, time to cut bait  
  2. #6 – Ted’s Memoires (4-1): 1 for 2 at distance, win came here two races back; N3L will be a tad easier than last condition  
  3. #5 – Whisky Rock (9-2): Found cure for “2nd-itis”… L. Glaser in irons?! Counting on Lightbulb theory to kick in after just 2nd win after 8 runner-up finishes in 17 tries.    

 

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • Sunday December 27th at Laurel Park had just 3 winners from 9 races (1 Top Selection; payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $6.20 (1st race), $5.60 (3rd) and $8.00 (7th).
  • BEST BET of the Day (131: 35-29-23) Super Find (9th race: 9-2 M/L) was SCRATCHED.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY OF THE DAY (126: 14-15-23) Techwood (5th race: 10-1 M/L; 9-1 PT) saved ground on the turn, eased out in upper stretch and weakened.

[su_heading size=”21″ align=”center”]Happy New Year – Wishing You All the Best in 2016[/su_heading]

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