The GQ Approach features full-card selections from Laurel Park (live racing Friday-Monday through Feb. 15th; Post Time 12:25pm), including a daily Best Bet, Longshot Play, and multi-race wagers — including the 20 cent Rainbow Pick-6, 50 cent Jackpot Pick-5, as well as Pick-4s and rolling Doubles, Pick-3s and the Super High-5.

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


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  • Best Bet: Race 3 / #6 – Clockstrucktwelve (3-1)
  • Longshot: Race 4 / #1 – Bold Curlin (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 mid-40s and a 30% chance of snow but not until early evening. The below selections are based on the main track condition being listed as “Fast”.

* * * Today’s card only has 8 races * * *

Race 1

  1. #7 – How’s Your Sugar (7-2): Big A shipper for B. Brown (5:1-2-0 at Lrl) drops from $50k and gets blinkers in 7th start      
  2. #4 – Justcallme K L (10-1): Rank in both career outings; showed improvement w/ addition of blinkers and should move forward again if he can settle
  3. #2 – Kat Lion (9-2): Adds blinkers for 3rd career start and drops from $40k MCL to $25k


Race 2  

  1. #5 – Elusive Breeze (6-1): Karamanos/Keefe combo is 1 for 1; needs a stalking trip today for best shot at getting to Winner’s Circle          
  2. #4 – Not For Fun (5-1): Can sit off the pace and make one run to get 1st win on a fast track as maiden score came in slop here       
  3. #3 – Ziwiye (8-1): Had looked like a hopeless plodder until 2nd race w/ blinkers showed willingness to run but encountered traffic and was 5-wide at 3/16th pole


Race 3  

  1. #6 – Clockstrucktwelve (3-1): *Best Bet* Heavily backed first two races last spring at Pim; was runner-up second time out as 3rd horse came back to win in next start; been away since then to mature and A.M. work tab indicates she’s ready to graduate  
  2. #7 – Courtage (15-1): FTS by Dunkirk been prepping at Fair Hill firing plenty of eye-popping bullets; in spite of trainers 0 for 11 record w/ firsters, this one is worth using at a price
  3. #2 – Sazerac Girl (4-1): Surprise runner-up at 27-1 in second career start off the bench after miserable debut on turf in July ’15


Race 4         

  1. #1 – Bold Curlin (6-1): $Longshot Play$ Catches a mixed bag of foes stepping up in class off nice effort or searching for back class; this one fits the latter as this 6-year-old hasn’t run in the afternoon since Mar. ’15 but getting fit in the A.M.
  2. #5 – Sir Sidney (5-1): Second race after Magee claim (25%); stretches back out in search of first victory in a year; 7lb. bug girl K. Francois is trainer’s go-to rider… for now
  3. #4 – Ponzi Scheme (3-1): Carrasco/Gonzalez combo 32% at meet; early pace will likely be suicidal which means if this one is part of it, he’ll be cooked in the stretch         


Race 5

  1. #4 – Breezed Bayou (7-2): Drops in for tag for first time since being claimed by L. Albert for $40k; runner always seems to find trouble; a clean trip could result in maiden victory       
  2. #6 – What Quality (9-2): Another Trombetta maiden who presumably took time off to mature; showed early speed in both races v. quality (no pun intended) fields
  3. #5 – Jazz Player (8-1): NY shipper for G. Contessa barn (Asst. named as trainer due to one week suspension); a gate-to-wire threat


Race 6           

  1. #3 – Adams Note (5-2): NY shipper for M. Dilger (3:1-1-0 at Lrl) offers this NY-bred for first time for a tag ($16k); locals may be leery as yesterday similar one of his was bet early, claimed but was “up the track”
  2. #2 – Unblunted (3-1): West coast export was even in mud as PT favorite; drops a level and cuts back a furlong; retains Carrasco  
  3. #6 – Gentle Johnny (3-1): Broke maiden for $10k in 7th start then has been runner-up three consecutive races (10:1-5-1), the last two as PT favorite; candidate to bottom wheel in Exacta?


Race 7  

  1. #1 – Golden Years (7-2): Away since Feb. ’15 this multi-stakes winner has looked fit as a fiddle in the A.M. as the trio of bullet works attest; comeback was snowed out two weeks ago; doubtful you’ll get anywhere close to M/L odds come PT         
  2. #7 – Cho Time (3-1): Typically needs some pace help and won’t get any here; can sit closer to pace but will find it tough getting by top pick in stretch       
  3. #5 – Troubled Waters (9-2): Could surprise this group and steal it on the front end; cuts back to 6f (3:0-1-2) and like Lrl dirt oval (6:1-3-1) 


Race 8

  1. #9 – Golden Rings (9-2): Idle since Magee claimed him last August @ Del; was gelded during time off and only shows 2 works but connections take advantage of Waiver Claiming Rule     
  2. #5 – Maximus Mike (5-1): Can boast highest Brisnet# Prime Power# of this group; drops from open $12,500 at Aqu to $5k beaten claimers; a red flag?        
  3. #1/1A – Prince Zurs/First Bid (10-1): Likely one will scratch as NY barn has another shipper (see #5 in R5); both are class droppers from open claiming         



  • On Sunday February 7th at Laurel Park had 5 winners from the 8 race card (2 Top Selections; payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $5.00 (1st race), $6.20 (3rd), $2.80 (4th), $6.40 (7th), and $4.60 (8th). Of the suggested Multi-Race wagers hit the $2 DOUBLE in R7-R8 for $22.40 (cost: $18). Note: Year-to-date Top Selections are 47 for 174 (27.01%).
  • Track Bias: To date in 2016, 33 runners (8 – 5½f; 12 – 6f; 5 – 7f; 3 – one mile; 3 – 1 1/16 miles; 2 – 1 1/8 miles) have gone gate-to-wire at Laurel Park from 174 races. Note: On the previous two racing days (Sat. & Sun.) there were five (5) runners that went gate-to-wire over a fast track from 17 races. All five were at 6 furlongs.
  • BEST BET of the Day (19: 8-2-0) Flatter’s Secret (1st race: 2-1 M/L; 8-5 PT) circled the first turn four deep, advanced in the two path to challenge for the lead entering the stretch, secured command in upper stretch and drew off under brisk urging to win by 4¾ lengths and returned $5.00 to WIN, $3.60 PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY of the Day (16: 0-1-3) Lord Aislin (8th race: 10-1 M/L; 6-1 PT) pressed the pace two wide, was under a ride nearing the quarter pole, shifted out four wide for the drive and faded to finish 7th.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.