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RACE 6: #5 – Stone Crazy (9-2)


RACE 8: #6 – Gursky (6-1)

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  • Race 1: $2 Double   1, 2 w/ 2, 3, 6 ($12)
  • Race 3: 50 cent Pick-3   2, 5, 8  w/ 1, 7, 8  w/ 4, 6, 8 ($13.50)
  • Race 6: 50 cent Pick-4   5 w/ 2, 5  w/ 2, 4, 6  w/ 1, 3, 6, 8 ($12)
  • Race 8: $2 Double   2, 4, 6 w/ 1, 3, 8 ($18)

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* 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-40s and a 90% chance of precipitation throughout race day. The below selections are based on the main track condition being listed as “Good” to possibly “Sloppy”.

Race 1

  1. #1 – Favorite Niece (3-1): Wide in both career outings w/o making any impact; Motion trainee takes steep drop from MSW to $16k MCL; still no Lasix      
  2. #2 – Ms. Shosho (6-1): WV-bred First time starter by Limehouse shows modest workouts; trainer R. Graham has scored with 2 of 10 FTS in MCL     
  3. #4 – Destination Love (9-5): Appropriately if we’re talking tennis as she’s 0 of 8 while being bridesmaid 4x burning $$$ as prohibitive PT fav 3x; a case of Second-itis?   


Race 2  

  1. #6 – Keezheekoni (9-5): Tossing that last one @ Prx due to poor start going 5½f; has been PT favorite in 6 of her last 10 starts, winning just once; an “off” track should help  
  2. #3 – Love That (7-5): The Lynch Mob (Cathal & Feargal) w/ their only entry / mount on the card have a tall task getting this one to go 7f; very vulnerable favorite IMHO
  3. #2 – Clowns to the Left (30-1): This mare runs a decent one when you least expect it; if track is “off”, then it might be today (5:0-3-1)  


Race 3  

  1. #2 – Bravest (9-5): Third start after one year layoff; drops from $25k to $16k MCL desperately seeking maiden win (7:0-3-2)    
  2. #5 – Tricky Lion (5-2): Drops backs to level he got claimed from four races back; connections hope this “Baker’s Dozen” start earns him winners “dough”
  3. #8 – Figaro Figaro (3-1): Stablemate of top pick for B. Houghton barn hasn’t raced since last May; has a few decent works lately but was he entered just to fill the race?  


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  1. #8– Marching Charging (3-1): Drops back to level and distance where this 3-year-old filly made every pole a winning one… convincingly first race after layoff at a price ($32.80)             
  2. #7 – Swayed (7-2): Beat winners in last outing; A. Cruz only mount on card to try to make another trip to Winners Circle    
  3. #1 – First Dance (6-1): Soundly beaten when tardy at the break by a few foes who show up in here as well; switch to Carrasco is a plus      


Race 5

  1. #8 – Tough Teddy (3-1): Show horse from last race came back to Show again on Friday; has improved speed figure in past couple efforts       
  2. #6 – Bobcat (6-1): KY-bred gelded son of Orientate has a nice work tab in preparation of career debut; like the final tune-up from the gate
  3. #4 – Praise the Moon (5-2): Lukewarm M/L favorite here surprised connections in debut w/ runner-up effort @ 21-1 in mud locally  


Race 6          

  1. #5 – Stone Crazy (9-2): *Best Bet* A “‘reclaim” for Wayne Potts; wheels this one right back while “in jail” at a level he can compete and reunited w/ X-Man who had 3 straight wins on him late last year    
  2. #2 – Kowboy King (4-1): Has improved greatly on speed figures in his past two; dictated slow pace in last one; all 3 career wins have come @ Lrl from just 8 starts
  3. #7 – Hauler (12-1): Troubled trip sprinting last outing; tries to stretch out and will get a boost if track comes up “off” (son of Super Saver is already 1 for 1 when track is “off”)  


Race 7

  1. #2 – Printasicat (4-1): Third race after layoff for this 7-year-old who has shown vast improvement in previous two     
  2. #5 – Tallow (6-1): Speed figures are a picture of consistency but performances aren’t, as in past 3 have been filled w/excuses… “steadied,” “Tight at start,” and “6-wide at ¼”     
  3. #1 – One Proud Gal (7-2): Claimed by Trombetta on Jan. 29 when beaten favorite but on the shelf since and offered for reduced claiming price     


Race 8 $75,000 Ben’s Cat Stakes

  1. #6 – Gursky (6-1): $Longshot Play$ Took this four-year-old gelding 13 races to break maiden and has blossomed since being claimed by P. Schoenthal prior to that win; who’d da thunk a Lemon Drop Kid runner would become a very nice sprinter    
  2. #4 – Sonny Inspired (9-5): Hit the board in the G3 General George while earning his first triple-digit Brisnet#; cut back in distance is a plus  
  3. #2 – Jack’s in the Deck (10-1): Away since late Dec. but runs well first after layoff; would be appropriate to win race named after a horse he beat just 5 months ago         


Race 9  

  1. #1/1A – Compulsive / The Pulse (2-1): This L. Gaudet duo have been on the upswing since she’s claimed them; BOTH are a threat here and could run 1-2        
  2. #3 – Trusted Choice (20-1): Coming off a short (50 day) layoff after facing open claimers most of last year; won only race v. beaten claimers… at 23-1; same scenario today            
  3. #8 – I’ll Run the Show (3-1): Can’t count out Gonzalez/Carrasco combo (30%); troubled trip @ Pen v. open $6,250 claimers     



  • On Friday March 18th at Laurel Park had 6 winners from the 9 race card (2 Top Selections; payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $6.20 (1st race), $5.60 (2nd), $7.20 (3rd), $5.80 (5th), $11.40 (8th) and $13.40 (9th). Of the suggested Multi-race wagers hits the $2 DOUBLE in R1-R2 for $26.60 (cost: $12). Note: Year-to-date Top Selections are 67 for 251 (26.69%).
  • BEST BET of the Day (28: 11-5-1) Town Leader (2nd race: 9-5 M/L; 8-5 PT) patiently rated along the rail around the turn, eased out to the two path entering the stretch, closed inside of the 4-5 PT favorite (Came Up Rosie) to take command approaching the sixteenth pole then drew off to win by 5¼ lengths and returned $5.60 to WIN, $2.40 to PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY of the Day (25: 1-1-5) Supah Czech (3rd race: 8-1 M/L; 7-2 PT) was three wide on the far turn, offered nothing and gave way.