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RACE 4: #7 – Silver Bouquet (3-1)

Time to Best Bet









RACE 2: #5 – Bret’s At Caddies (10-1)

Time to Longshot








[su_heading size=”21″ align=”left”]Multi-race wagers[/su_heading]

  • Race 1: $2 Double   1, 2, 3 w/ 4, 5 ($12)
  • Race 3: 50 cent Pick-3 3, 5  w/ 5, 6, 7  w/ 1, 4, 7 ($9)
  • Race 6: $0.50 Pick-4   1, 2  w/ 6, 7  w/ ALL w/ 3, 5 ($28)


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

* Laurel Park turf courses has not yet opened 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-50s and a 50-70% chance of precipitation throughout the day. The below selections are based on the main track condition being listed as “Good.”

Race 1

  1. #3 – Niccatasha (7-2): Lesser of the two T. Keefe runners in here? Takes huge class drop and McCarthy signs on      
  2. #1 – Bella Yolanda (4-1): A rare C. Gonzalez claim that hasn’t panned out yet continues to take action at the windows 
  3. #2 – Bringonthethunder (9-5): The other T. Keefe runner gets M/L oddsmaker nod on smaller drop than stablemate and should handle stretch out to two turns


Race 2  

  1. #5 – Bret’s At Caddies (10-1): $Longshot Play$ Appears to be only candidate who may have willingness to pass horses in the stretch; adds blinkers and needs a smooth trip, something that hasn’t happened lately     
  2. #4 – Zillions (9-2): Failed as PT favorite @ CT v. N3L; has done best work locally and gets Boyce back in the irons
  3. #1 – Excellent Royale (7-5): Recent success on dirt at this level after switching turf & synthetic is why he’s 7-5 but can he stretch speed to 7f w/ pressure from others?


Race 3  

  1. #3 – Pcoaltrain (6-1): Usually against my religion to tout a FTS in for a $16k tag, but A.M. drills indicate promise and his competition is suspect    
  2. #5 – Tomo Chachi (5-2): Seeing the improvement in second and third start as far as Brisnet# and taking a short break to get educated makes his the one to beat
  3. #7 – R Lucifier (9-2): Like the 1st race after layoff going one mile as an unintentional refresher? Needs to show early foot v. these for chance to graduate


Race 4         

  1. #7 – Silver Bouquet (3-1): *Best Bet* Third race after layoff/claim showing late foot sprinting in previous two; wants this two turn distance (6:3-2-0) and has been runner-up in all 3 starts @ Lrl            
  2. #5 – Anythingicandoforu (5-1): Reunited with Toledo after even effort @ Prx when stepping up; should get a nice stalking trip   
  3. #6 – Onegreatstep (6-1): Been picking up small purse checks at this level prior to taking off for a couple months; will need pace help to threaten late       


Race 5

  1. #7 – Manando (2-1): Is the speed of the speed and may be running on a sloppy track (2:1-0-1); runner-up in only two tries over the Lrl oval       
  2. #4 – Indian Bucks (9-2): Like this sequence for Ness runner who stepped up after claim while “in jail” and now returns to winning/claimed level… in the mud to boot
  3. #1 – Joe Tess (9-5): May try to get first run on the top pick as H. McMahon turns to A. Rodriguez, his only mount on the card


Race 6          

  1. #1 – Rolin With Olin (5-1): Looks like potential Lone Speed from the rail based on past 4f times; been on the bench since late Oct. ’15; resumed training last month in Tam; First time Lasix  
  2. #2 – Pizmo Time (9-5): Impressive 5¼ length debut victory in mud here and can boast top Brisnet Prime Power rating
  3. #3 – Grecian Prince (12-1): Beaten favorite at CT returns to Lrl where he’s squared off against many of the top local sophomores; should run well if track is “off”; in for tag is a concern


Race 7

  1. #6 – Golden Glint (6-5): Class of this field hence the short M/L odds; chances get even better if the rains come (3:2-0-1) as expected; should get pace help from #1 and #8         
  2. #7 – Double Whammy (6-1): Trainer M. Eppler appears to be working another Page McKenney-like miracle, claimed this one for $5k three back and preceded to be runner-up twice v. N1X but was put up via DQ in last       
  3. #2x – Classic Giacnroll (5-1): Brooks got too aggressive thinking he could handle John B. Campbell competition; takes a couple steps back trying to get to Winner’s Circle     


Race 8

  1. #6 – Emelina (9-2): Stoddard seems to be a good fit for this six-year-old mare who should lead this group early and set a reasonable pace and hang on late to get the “W”   
  2. #2 – Cinderella’s Mind (8-1): Connections will be doing a rain dance (4:1-1-2); traveling 5-wide in most recent effort could be reason for poor effort when sent off 2-1 second choice v. similar here
  3. #1 – Long Blooming Rose (2-1): NY shipper missed as favorite after having lead in deep stretch, gets a break in distance cutting back 1/16th so is logical choice but iffy on “off” track         


Race 9  

  1. #3 – Maggie Wag (4-5): Been knocking on the door of Commencement Hall trying to graduate from maiden ranks; cuts back in distance but is has been off-the-board in two starts over an “off” track        
  2. #5 – Just Em (7-2): Another Ness runner returning from spending winter @ Tam; shows nice early speed but Tam dirt oval has held speed better than Lrl            
  3. #2 – New York Posse (10-1): Makes third start after layoff and racing better since offered for tags while having troubled trips in both; yet another drop makes her a player     



  • On Saturday March 12th at Laurel Park had just 2 winners from the 9 race card (1 Top Selection; payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $3.80 (3rd race) and $2.60 (8th). Note: Year-to-date Top Selections are 63 for 233 (27.04%).
  • BEST BET of the Day (26: 9-5-1) Flash McCaul (6th race: 5-2 M/L; 5-2 PT) secured the rail early on, edged up a bit nearing the half mile marker, came under a ride soon after, hugged the rail progressing under a drive into the lane and kept on gamely to close the gap to finish 1½ lengths behind the winner and returned $3.60 to PLACE and $4.00 to SHOW (that’s OK).
  • LONGSHOT PLAY of the Day (23: 1-1-4) Hey Kid (5th race: 12-1 M/L; 4-1 PT) chased the pace, was three wide turning for home and gave way to finish 8th.