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RACE 3: #2 – Fairy Cat (3-1)


RACE 4: #3 – Cotton Letters (12-1)

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

  • Race 1: $2 Double   2, 5 w/ 2, 5, 8 ($12)
  • Race 3: 50 cent Pick-3   2  w/ 3, 5, 7 w/ 2, 4, 6 ($4.50)
  • Race 6: 50 cent Pick-4   1, 3  w/ 4, 5, 11  w/ 3, 6, 8  w/ 2, 7, 10 ($27)
  • Race 8: $2 Double   3, 6, 8  w/ 2, 7, 10 ($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.

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  1. #5 – Onegreatstep (4-1): 7f is a unique distance not easily mastered by racehorses, but this one must love it (4:3-0-0) 
  2. #2 – Anythingicandoforu (5-2): Blinkers come off for first time since Brooks added them after claim 6 races back; no excuse in last; a case of Second-itis?       
  3. #6 – Follow the Kitten (8-5): Third race since layoff after a pair of third place efforts @ CT as prohibitive favorite in both; 6-year-old worth $4,500 claim now that turf season has arrived [/su_box]


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  1. #5 – Over Saver (5-1): Running line of all six career starts sprinting has the look of a runner who desperately wants two turns; gelded son of Super Saver would also love an “off” track
  2. #8 – Pcoaltrain (7-2): Had a rough debut when pinched and steadied at the break sprinting while sent off as 5-2 second choice; stretches out to two turns
  3. #2 – Mediador (8-1): Only among this group could one have hope for a gelding that has never hit the board in 9 starts, sent out by a conditioner who is 1 for 53 @ Lrl current meet [/su_box]


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  1. #2 – Fairy Cat (3-1): *Best Bet* Sneaks into this race via exception to “non-winner since Oct. 1st condition” based on win in $4k claimer @ Pen last outing; has back class to repeat      
  2. #1 – The Boot Wildcat (5-2): Shipper from CT does well @ Lrl (6:2-2-1); should clear field from the rail post but will likely have company into the turn
  3. #8 – Billy the Bull (2-1): Top candidate to keep #1 company on the front end early; away since being claimed last Nov. for $10k @ Prx; in here for $5k but Lynch is 2 for 8 on drop off claim[/su_box]


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  1. #3 – Cotton Letters (12-1): $Longshot Play$ Away since last May after back to back wins, only two of her career, when equipped w/ blinkers; looks like lone speed & “off” track would help           
  2. #7 – Pony Romo (8-1): Premature come back in Dec. (dull 4th by 11) off 9-month vacation; work tab since looks encouraging      
  3. #5 – Star Eighty (7-2): Took ill-advised step up in class after convincing win v. $10kN2L; drops back to $10kN3L today [/su_box]   


[su_box title=”Race 5 – GQ Ta-ta Turf ” style=”glass”] … is ON the TURF


  1. #6 – Kowboy King (6-1): On or off the turf, should show early speed to take this field gate-to-wire; competed on turf early in career against tough than these       
  2. #4 – Dancing Lounge (9-2): Claimed by G. Brooks in first start in over 15 months… obviously for turf season; if races taken off turf, expect this one to scratch
  3. #2 – Helm (7-2): Though Jacobson NY shippers are far from “Locks” but have to respect fact that E. Esquivel comes down just for this mount… or will he? [/su_box]


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  1. #1 – Sugimoto (3-1): Has been chasing plenty of nice local runners who no longer meet this condition; running back to his prior to races gets win #2 today       
  2. #3 – Diamondback Fire (15-1): Game as they come but often too late on the scene to have picture taken; M/L seems a bit generous unless Keith knows something that I don’t
  3. #4 – Lanier (7-2): Has yet to get by top pick here in past two match-ups, but positive jock change might be what turns the tables [/su_box]


[su_box title=”Race 7 – GQ Last Hoorah Lawn Special” style=”glass”] … is ON the TURF     


  1. #5 – High Above Georgia (7-2): 2nd time blinkers and returns to MCL ranks after getting buried against MSW for second time in his career; return to turf is reason for believing it’s graduation day         
  2. #11 – Western Willie (5-1): Drops from a key $25k to $16k MCL; first time turf and two turns; bloodlines indicate he can handle both
  3. #4 – Calle de Oro (8-1): Kali signs on to ride Calle, a 6-year-old steeplechase runner w/ just 3 lifetime starts… all over the hurdles; stamina will not be an excuse [/su_box]


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  1. #3 – Monkey’s Medal (10-1): Has faced some heavy hitters in both ’16 starts; gets class relief v. this group today; one mile is his best distance (4:2-0-1)    
  2. #6 – Top of Mind (7-2): Makes 4-year-old debut after being on the shelf since last Aug. and getting gelded in the process; start of career at age 3 was very promising, but must be a handful in the barn and on the track   
  3. #8 – Demon Buster (5-1): House Horse didn’t embarrass his connections in $100k Dave’s Friend when last seen on the track in the afternoon in late Dec.; McCarthy/Corrales have won at 33% clip the past year[/su_box]    


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  1. #10 – Addones Lasthurrah (3-1): Appropriately named gelding has had issues getting to the races more than every two months; has improved on Brisnet# in each subsequent start        
  2. #7 – Indifferent (8-1): The comment lines indicate this maiden has encountered more trouble than Mo Tom along his Road to the Roses; in spite of jocks 0 for 22 at meet, going contrarian here      
  3. #2 – Scip’s Honor (10-1): Back in the old days, first time starters in for a low-priced tag wouldn’t find the Winners Circle in debut; that angle, like 8-Track and Beta videotapes no longer exist  [/su_box]   



  • On Saturday March 26th at Laurel Park had just 3 winners from the 10 race card (1 Top Selection; payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $2.60 (1st race), $5.60 (2nd) and $2.80 (7th). Of the suggested Multi-race wagers hits the $2 DOUBLE in R1-R2 for $12.20 (cost: $12). Note: Year-to-date Top Selections are 74 for 288 (25.69%).
  • BEST BET of the Day (32: 12-5-2) Runninginthevale (6th race: 4-1 M/L; 9-5 PT) got to the early lead but never looked comfortable while soon joined by rivals on either side, was headed entering the stretch and had nothing left for the final furlong and faded.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY of the Day (28: 2-1-7) Seventy Niner (10th race: 6-1 M/L; 12-1 PT) wide on the turn, was carried out approaching the stretch, entered the lane seven deep and rallied then got beat a neck for Show purse to return $7.40 to SHOW.