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RACE 6: #4 – Runninginthevale (4-1)


RACE 10: #5 – Seventy Niner (6-1)

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

  • Race 1: $2 Double   4, 5 w/ 1, 2, 6 ($12)
  • Race 3: 50 cent Pick-3   5  w/ 1, 4, 6 w/ 3, 8, 10 ($4.50)
  • Race 6: 50 cent Pick-3   4, 10, 11  w/ 5, 6, 8  w/ 1A, 2x, 4 ($13.50)
  • Race 9: $2 Double   2, 3, 6  w/ 5, 6, 7 ($18)


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

* Laurel Park has two (2) races (6th and 8th) scheduled to be run on the TURF. Forecast for the northern D.C. suburbs is for Sunny skies with high temps in the mid-60s and zero chance of precipitation. The below selections are based races being run ON FIRM TURF and a FAST main dirt track.

Race 1

  1. #4 – Pagan Power (1-1): The Capt. Obvious Best Bet but when you’re talking about bottom level maidens going 9f for first time, anything can happen      
  2. #5 – He’s Roaring (12-1): Has been closest to winning going at least two turns; OK, he’s only 1 of 3 in here to have gone two turns
  3. #2 – Henrys Way (7-5): Runner-up in last @ Pen two levels higher… but again, @ Pen; M. Shuman has won with 4 of 11 when dropping two class levels     


Race 2

  1. #2 – Schlosser (5-1): Lrl dirt oval on Friday hinted at holding speed; if Boyce rides him as she did two races back, he could turn in a repeat performance at a price
  2. #6 – Great Smoke (2-1): Cuts back a furlong after being distant runner-up as PT favorite at this level
  3. #1 – Patrick Rocks (4-1): Trainer J. Robb drops gelding to lowest level of career in search of win or just hitting board for first time @ Lrl (5:0-0-0)


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In honor of… Troy Hill

  1. #5 – Paradise Bird (7-5): Denied diploma by a head in 5½f outing v. similar while finishing 9½ lengths clear of Show horse    
  2. #2 – Hollywood Tomcat (4-1): Strangest positive angle in horse racing from last race… “Eased”; adds blinkers and S. Lake was able to coax T. McCarthy off Ness’ M/L favorite
  3. #3 – Sweet Curls (12-1): Made a 5-6 wide move to circle field and show late interest going 5½f in debut; stretches out to 7f for second start  

Race 4

  1. #4 – Chilly Start (7-2): Taking calculated risk that she didn’t care for Prx oval and/or didn’t ship well when 6th as PT favorite; back @ Lrl where she’s had success (6:2-1-1)                 
  2. #6 – Stormin Wendy (5-1): Finally cuts back to her best distance (5:3-1-1); had less than ideal trips in her past two races      
  3. #1 – Epic Story (7-2): Tough assignment breaking from the rail but field has enough early speed that should help his Closing style if the track does not come up speed favoring      


Race 5

  1. #10 – Longer Terms Doug (5-2): Potts seems to be pushing the right buttons on this 8 year old gelding since claim three races back; there’s back class and stretch out to 7f helps as well       
  2. #8 – Cherokee Pass (5-1): Appears to be Lone Speed among this field of 10; has been running out of gas going longer; if track is holding speed, give him a closer look
  3. #3 – Magic Lion (6-1): Old-timer makes 73rd career start but only 3rd @ Lrl; first two resulted in victories; 3rd race after layoff      


Race 6 is ON the TURF

  1. #4 – Runninginthevale (4-1): *Best Bet* Lrl turf season opened yesterday w/ two races on the grass… both were won in gate-to-wire fashion; this gelding is quickest from the gate regardless of surface; only turf start for this maiden came in state-bred stakes race last Fall, enough said      
  2. #11 – Cherokee Cousin (5-1): Away since Nov. because he’s only been tested on synthetic & turf; owns 2nd best turf Brisnet# but 3 year old facing elders for 1st time is a challenge
  3. #10 – Keepyuriondabalado (12-1): Breeding says he should like the turf; is quick from the gate and 2nd time blinkers     


Race 7 – $75,000 Primonetta Stakes

  1. #5 – Love Came to Town (5-1): Versatile filly won $75k Nellie Morse here going long in Jan. very impressively; been idle in the afternoon since but has been firing bullets in the A.M.; cut back no problem as she’s never been OTB at distance (6:3-1-2)
  2. #8 – Lady Sabelia (6-5): Loves the local dirt (13:7-2-3); 3rd in G2 Fritchie going 7f was a furlong too far; leery about that sizzling 46 3/5 work 7 days ago… was it too much?         
  3. #6 – Sweet On Smokey (5-1): A typical C. Gonzalez success story… claimed for $12,500 last July and has climbed the class ladder all the way to 4th place finish in G2 Fritche @ 53-1; 4 for 4 going 6f


Race 8 is ON the TURF

  1. #1A – Vasten (9-2): Luzzi listed on both parts of entry for L. Gaudet; would prefer the #1 to be scratched as stablemate should try to take this group from gate-to-wire    
  2. #4 – Siete de Oros (5-2): Lone turf effort wasn’t too shabby (91 Brisnet#) v. OC$25k/n2x but that was last May while w/ Prx based trainer R. Preciado   
  3. #2x – Professor Palmer (6-1): Only AE in here but should draw in when trainer (if he’s smart) scratches #2; will give #1A a run for his money early         


Race 9

  1. #3 – Stitcher (4-1): Pen based trainer T. Kreiser struck gold claiming this one for $12,500 6 races back and is now seeking fourth consecutive victory, the most recent v. OC$25k/n2x; won only Lrl start by 4 in OC$16k        
  2. #2 – Elevated (7-2): Dull effort @ Prx in first race off the bench; should show better today 2nd time blinkers and cut back to best distance (6:3-0-1)              
  3. #6 – Troubled Waters (3-1): Has the early speed to go gate-to-wire but wonder if 5½f is too short (4:0-1-3)? Only runner other than the #7 not in for a tag       


Race 10

  1. #5 – Seventy Niner (6-1): $Longshot Play$ A year ago A. Eubanks claimed this now 8-year-old and taken this long to make him competitive again; last few races have been promising in spite of traffic troubles and wide trips 
  2. #7 – D N A Approved (10-1): The positive item here is record at 7f distance (3:1-1-1); been crying to further but there’s nothing but 5½ – 6f races in past 10 outings 
  3. #6 – Blimey (9-2): Just one win in his past 19 starts but L. Gaudet has been sending out live runners recently and the rest of this group’s resume’ looks less promising         



  • On Friday March 25th at Laurel Park had 4 winners from the 9 race card (3 Top Selections; payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $4.80 (2nd race), $3.00 (3rd), $7.20 (4th) and $5.60 (6th). Note: Year-to-date Top Selections are 73 for 278 (26.25%).
  • BEST BET of the Day (31: 12-5-2) Justlookatmenow (6th race: 2-1 M/L; 3-2 PT) broke alertly but jock elected to concede early lead to eventual winner, was steadied behind horses along the rail at the far turn and never got back on track as jock put her under wraps for the stretch drive to finish a well beaten 4th all on her own courage.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY of the Day (28: 2-1-6) Lightnin Fast Girl (4th race: 12-1 M/L; 5-2 PT) cleared leaving the chute, set a rated pace off the inside, responded when set down in upper stretch and steadily pulled away under a stout drive to win by 6¼ lengths to return $7.20 to WIN, $3.40 to PLACE and $2.40 to SHOW.