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 ($4,427 carryover), 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   3, 4, 8 w/ 1, 5, 7 ($18)
  • Race 3: $1 Pick-3   1, 2, 11 w/ 3, 4, 7 w/ 8, 9, 10 ($13.50)
  • Race 5: $0.50 Pick-4   8, 9, 10  w/ 2, 7  w/ 5, 6  w/ 5, 6, 8 ($18)
  • Race 7: $2 Double   2, 5, 6 w/ 5, 6, 8 ($18)
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  • Best Bet: Race 5 / #8 – Scattered Dreams (7-2)
  • Longshot: Race 3 / #1 – Perigee Moon Slide (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 Mostly Cloudy skies and cold with high temps near freezing with no chance of precipitation until after the races. The below selections are based on the main track condition being listed as “Fast.”

* * Frigid temps could mean a speed favoring surface * *

Race 1

  1. #4 – Delightful Erin (8-1): Beaten 3-5 favorite in last outing which was 1st race off nearly 2 month layoff      
  2. #8 – Supsa (5-2): 1st race after M. Eppler claim out of open $7,500 Claimer, now goes against conditioned $5k Claimers  
  3. #3 – Alwaysacontest (3-1): Eligible for non-winners of 2 in past 6 months due to wins in for less than $5k not counting towards condition

 

Race 2  

  1. #1 – Closure (6-1): Fresh off $25k MCL victory as Brisnet#’s continue to climb; should be able to clear the rest of the early speed in here from the rail          
  2. #5 – Dr. Toole (8-5): Runner-up in last effort when first time in for a tag; add blinkers but protected today       
  3. #7 – Grand Notion (7-2): Good effort at this level following maiden score, in spite of a rough trip

 

Race 3  

  1. #1 – Perigee Moon Slide (10-1): $Longshot Play$ Can the thirteenth time be the charm and finally graduate? If track is kind to early speed, she’ll have no excuse  
  2. #11 – Mrs. Brenner (5-2): Lone entry for M. Nevin who has been shipping live ones in from NY (13:4-2-2) but this gal is one who has already run here and didn’t hit the board at 2 class levels higher
  3. #2 – Class Terms (10-1): Hasn’t been seen in the afternoon since debut on grass in late Sept.; steep drop in just second start may be part of effort to liquidate estate

 

Race 4         

  1. #4 – Up Hill Battle (7-2): Hard to fall in love w/ any in here who have already run, so at least this FTS by Street Magician has nice work pattern for M. Trombetta    
  2. #7 – Paradise Bird (9-5): Breeding suggests she should be racing around two-turns but instead Ness continues to shorten her up; no published works since last race on Dec. 27; vulnerable fav.
  3. #3 – Desert Voodoo (8-1): Alberts is an incredible 41% (7 for 17) “2nd race after claim”; drops after setting lofty expectations in last outing; 2nd race w/ blinkers

 

Race 5

  1. #8 – Scattered Dreams (7-2): *Best Bet* Adds blinkers in second start for K. Magee and drops after stepping up in 1st start that did not provide typical “Magee Magic”         
  2. #10 – My Jersey Boy (6-1): Best three races of 13-race career have come on turf and off track; wide trips in past 3 races might be masking better efforts
  3. #9 – Splitter (9-2): Stretching back out might help him be prominent early on; frigid temps should help carry his early speed further

 

Race 6           

  1. #2 – Include a Check (2-1): Second race w/ blinkers after runner-up finish v. MSW group; drops in for $40K Tag while speed figures have improved each outing
  2. #7 – Miss Nosy (12-1): Was a buzz horse coming off the bench for second career start, but was never a factor; could surprise getting more distance today  
  3. #8 – Sweetest Yet (5-1): PA-bred by Drosselmeyer is screaming for more distance after four sprints; one mile may still not be enough  

 

Race 7  

  1. #6 – Candida H. (8-5): Awfully quick turn-around for this filly who ran HUUUUGE, winning the state-bred Conniver stakes just 13 days ago, but she’s the class of this field         
  2. #5 – Lady Terp (8-1): Digging deep for a hunch play on a sub-freezing day at the track? How about the top “Lady Terp,” Maryland women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese? No?!       
  3. #2 – Printasticat (5-1): 7-year-old mare may have lost a step or two but is still a threat second race after layoff; needs to get out on top early

 

Race 8

  1. #6 – Dirty Dozen (10-1): Based on 4 furlong times, this gal should be able to get out early and set a leisurely pace and hold off any maiden who is interested in passing her late        
  2. #5 – Dewdrop’s Heart (12-1): From first three career outings she has the look of runner who wants more distance and gets it today        
  3. #8 – Roaring Tide (3-5): Woke up in second and third career races, but did the muddy track have anything to do with that? Hmmm         

 

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • On Monday February 8th at Laurel Park had 6 winners from the 8 race card (6 Top Selections; payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $5.80 (2nd race), $3.80 (3rd), $5.40 (5th), $5.20 (6th), $3.60 (7th), and $4.60 (8th). Of the suggested Multi-Race wagers hit the $2 DOUBLE in R7-R8 for $11.80 (cost: $12) and 50 cent Pick-4 in R5-R8 (two times due to scratch of #1 in R7, as PT fav. won) for $67.30 ($27). Note: Year-to-date Top Selections are 53 for 182 (29.12%).
  • Track Bias: To date in 2016, 34 runners (8 – 5½f; 13 – 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 182 races. Note: In the past three racing days (Sat., Sun. & Mon.) there were seven (7) runners that went gate-to-wire over a fast track from 25 races. All came in sprint races (six at 6 furlongs and one at 7 furlongs).
  • BEST BET of the Day (20: 9-2-0) Clockstrucktwelve (3rd race: 3-1 M/L; 4-5 PT) set the pace in the two path, was under steady handling in the drive and gradually drew out to win by 2½ lengths and returned $3.80 to WIN, $3.20 PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY of the Day (17: 0-1-3) Bold Curlin (4th race: 6-1 M/L; 3-1 PT) went straight to the lead, set a reasonable pace, handled pressure from the outside to about the quarter pole then succumbed to finish last (6th).
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.