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 ($7,720 carryover), 50 cent Jackpot Pick-5 ($5,897 carryover), as well as Pick-4s and rolling Doubles, Pick-3s and the Super High-5.

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  • Race 1: $2 Double   3, 5, 7 w/ 3, 5, 6 ($18)
  • Race 3: $1 Pick-3   1, 6, 9 w/ 1, 4, 5 w/ 4, 9, 12 ($13.50)
  • Race 5: $0.50 Pick-4   4, 9, 12  w/ 12, 13  w/ 1, 4, 6  w/ 3, 9 ($18)
  • Race 7: $2 Double   1, 4, 6 w/ 3, 8, 9 ($18)
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  • Best Bet: Race 1 / #3 – Diamondback Fire (5-2)
  • Longshot: Race 5 / #12 – Slews Love (10-1)



[su_heading size=”21″ align=”left”]Analysis[/su_heading]

* 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 Sunny skies and cold with high temps in the low-20’s with no chance of precipitation. The below selections are based on the main track condition being listed as “Fast.”

* * Happy Valentine’s Day * *

Race 1

  1. #3 – Diamondback Fire (5-2): * Best Bet* Late running style on cut back with a field that should insure a quick early pace gives this best chance to get second career victory      
  2. #5 – Schlosser (4-1): Thought for sure this one could never win beyond 5½ furlongs and he proved me wrong winning at 6f in most recent effort; cuts back to 5½ today  
  3. #7 – Jarvis Steel (7-2): This gray has gone south in a hurry after promising debut three races back; Karamanos staying on is a good sign


Race 2  

  1. #6 – Piney Blues (9-5): Gets blinkers in third career outing after disappointing debut (4th at 1-1) then came up empty in next start; drops from MSW to $25k tag
  2. #3 – Maryland Monroe (5-1): Took some action (7-1) in debut but lost all chance with a tardy start; never showed interest yet was only 4-lengths behind today’s M/L fav. in the end
  3. #5 – Champion Rose (3-1): House Horse has been on the bench since debut in Oct. when taken off the grass; drops in for $25k tag as trainer J. Corrales wins at 21% clip “first tag”


Race 3  

  1. #9 – Cutty Shark (6-1): 5-year-old has struggled since coming back from layoff five races back; takes steep drop looking to get confidence; hard to believe one year ago he lost G3 Gen. George by just a neck    
  2. #1 – Ore Pass (4-1): Gets favorite distance (4:3-0-0) today after struggling at shorter sprints and on an off track (6:0-1-2)  
  3. #6 – Sir Sidney (7-2): Magee hasn’t been able to perform magic on this one off the claim so far; drops back to level where he was claimed; Blinkers Off angle scores at 32%


Race 4         

  1. #1– Magic Harbor (3-1): Looking to turn tables on the heavy favorite in here (#4) as a different pace scenario may occur      
  2. #4 – Harbor Breeze (7-5): Has been feasting on rivals at this Starter Allowance level $5k; difference today is he’ll have company on the front end
  3. #5 – Gansett Bay (8-1): Earned career best Brisnet# at Pen in 1st race after layoff without much effort, has a chance to repeat w/ some pace help


Race 5

  1. #12 – Slews Love (10-1): $Longshot Play$ Drew lines through off track races and concentrated on those at this level w/ Carrasco in the irons to determine he can a strong Hunch Play as well         
  2. #4 – Mr. Al (6-1): Eppler has brought this maiden along to make him competitive at this bottom level; 25th start could be the charm
  3. #9 – Pro Daddy (15-1): Beaten favorite for Magee in 1st race after claim; made nice late run and gets extra half furlong today 


Race 6           

  1. #12 – It’s My Perogative (12-1): Was ambitiously placed in $7,500 open claiming event 1st race after claim; drops back in to have a more realistic shot in here  
  2. #13 – Flavor (10-1): Old-timer needs plenty of help up front early in order to unleash his late kick in hopes of getting 13th victory in 63rd start
  3. #9 – D N A Approved (10-1): Gave good effort after awkward break in first start at Laurel when shipped up from Gulfstream


Race 7

  1. #1 – Subtle Intent (12-1): Outclassed but looks like Lone Speed who could steal it; like the fact that Toledo signs on to ride even after such an ugly showing in last outing             
  2. #4 – Long Blooming Rose (6-5): Something that every Valentine would like to get a dozen of today; NY shipper for B. Levine whose only other shipper to Lrl was OTB is far from a standout       
  3. #6 – Max’s Warrior (10-1): Laid an egg in last outing at this level when trying for a natural Hat Trick; comes right back two weeks later to makes amends


Race 8

  1. #9 – Glorious Ride (2-1): Has had a few chances to graduate at this level only to be denied; has best speed figures among this group in last two starts        
  2. #3 – Maggie Wag (9-2): Tends to be wide and hang as do most low level maidens; asking a lot to beat top pick after chasing that one in vain in past four starts
  3. #8 – Britt’s Fortune (10-1): Second of two shippers J. Englehart brings down from The Big Apple; one would think at least one of them has a shot or is he just trying to unload them? Eased in debut when 74-1 v. MSW; add blinkers         



  • On Saturday February 13th at Laurel Park had 4 winners from the 9 race card (2 Top Selections; payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $3.60 (4th race), $7.20 (6th), $10.80 (8th) and $5.80 (9th). Of the suggested Multi-Race wagers hit the $2 DOUBLE in R8-R9 for $46.60 (cost: $8) Note: Year-to-date Top Selections are 57 for 199 (28.64%).
  • Track Bias: To date in 2016, 35 runners (8 – 5½f; 13 – 6f; 5 – 7f; 3 – one mile; 3 – 1 1/16 miles; 3 – 1 1/8 miles) have gone gate-to-wire at Laurel Park from 199 races. Note: Though the local temperatures never went above the freezing mark, which one would think the main oval dirt surface would be hard as a rock and favor early speed, it did not on Saturday only the winner in the nightcap went gate-to-wire, travelling 9 furlongs.
  • BEST BET of the Day (22: 9-3-0) Hot City Girl (8th race: 9-5 M/L; 9-5 PT) cleared leaving the chute and secured the lead inside, was confronted by the winner near the five eighths, maintained the lead under coaxing around the turn, could not withstand the pressure of two rivals to her outside entering the lane and weakened a furlong from the wire, fading to 6th.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY of the Day (19: 0-1-4) Silent Critic (3rd race: 12-1 M/L; 6-1 PT) four deep on the turn, was not a factor while finishing 5th.
Long-time racing fan and analyst Gary Quill brings his ‘capping insights to The Racing Biz. Follow him on Twitter @HorseRacingNut.