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RACE 5: #11 – Academic Affair (5-1)


RACE 8: #2 – Retire Fifty Five (12-1)

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

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



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

* Laurel Park has four (4) races (5th, 6th, 8th and 9th) scheduled to be run on the TURF. Forecast for the northern D.C. suburbs is for Partly Cloudy skies with high temps in the mid-60s and 60% chance of showers early in the card. The below selections are based races being run ON FIRM TURF and a FAST main dirt track.


Race 1

  1. #4 – First Bid (7-2): Huge reversal of form in winning last/second outing after claim for J. Ness barn      
  2. #7 – Turbin (6-1): Has the back class to improve off that first effort in after a four month layoff 
  3. #5 – Winding Road (9-5): 9-year-old makes first start since mid-Nov. and first time in for tag in nearly two years; impressive record at distance (29: 10-5-2)         


Race 2

  1. #8 – She Rolls (2-1): So-so effort in MD Million Lassie last Fall after debut win v. $16k MCL; been away since to work out the kinks
  2. #3 – Baleroom Dancer (10-1): Buried @ CT in just 9 days ago when in v. N3L; should find these N2L a bit easier w/ Camacho back in the irons    
  3. #1 – Maggie Wag (9-2): Looking for the “Lightbulb Theory” as she comes off maiden win in 15th career try in $12,500 MCL; last 3 Brisnet#’s are among the best in this group


Race 3

  1. #8 – It’s Bull Bat Time (9-2): Woke up in latest when equipped w/ blinkers to be runner-up at 31-1; catches weak field as everyone except #2 is stepping up      
  2. #6 – Dr. Abramson (5-2): Had been beaten favorite 4 consecutive races until finally getting diploma in latest as prohibitive choice; boasts top Brisnet Prime Power#
  3. #2 – Humbolt Street (20-1): Not many NY shippers are 20-1 M/L but this MD-bred has been wallowing in N2L for 15 races @ Aqu, Bel and Sar    


Race 4

  1. #6 – Promise and Hope (7-2): One of two on the card that G. Contessa ships in from NY; this claim hasn’t worked out but class relief and first trip to Lrl may help reverse fortunes           
  2. #5 – I’ll Play My Hand (7-2): Allowed to ship to CT first off claim seemingly for a workout when a late running third, but don’t tell those who backed him at 4-5        
  3. #1 – Stormy Invasion (5-2): Always popular at the betting windows, missed by a neck when checked prior to rallying v. class higher      


Race 5 is ON the TURF

  1. #11 – Academic Affair (5-1): *Best Bet* Started career @ GG on synthetic at higher level hitting board on both efforts; should take to turf like a duck to water       
  2. #4 – Zipping By (6-1): Bred top and bottom to run on the grass; gets blinkers and drops a few levels seeking maiden win after getting buried by very good ones
  3. #1 – Mr. Stream (9-2): Been away since last Oct.; hopefully been learning to be a racehorse but sprinting isn’t in his DNA (Colonel John out of Mr. Greeley mare) but J. Salzman, Sr. trains them to be quick early       


Race 6 is ON the TURF

  1. #8 – Cruise More (6-1): Capuano set him to Tam for the winter to stay on turf but just lollygagged to four 5th place finishes; at least he’s fit       
  2. #7 – Captial Fellow (6-1): Only one in here who normally wants the lead; only knock is he shortens stride that last 1/16th; if anyone can nurse him along early it’s F. Boyce
  3. #6 – Going to Market (7-2): Looks attractive at this level and distance (5: 3-0-0) on the turf ; L. Gaudet has been sending out live runners lately    


Race 7      

  1. #9 – Colmont Fire (5-2): Loves to be on the lead but has never “finished the job”; not much speed in here to go with him and gets a slight break in distance for best chance to graduate         
  2. #4 – Pistol Posse (5-1): Sire was a great Miler and this home bred got an education in debut going 6f for “Magic” Magee who does much better (29%) w/ 2nd career race runners and stretching them out
  3. #3 – Jump Jive an Wail (2-1): Backers were wailing after third place effort as PT favorite; Eppler has a way of getting her trainees to improve w/ each outing


Race 8 is ON the TURF

  1. #2 – Retire Fifty Five (12-1): $Longshot Play$ No surprise this gelding has been doing well for C. Gonzalez since claim in Dec.; been protected at lower level waiting for turf season    
  2. #4 – My Giant (3-1): Morley shippers (13: 4-4-0) get plenty of attention locally and likely another cappers Best Bet w/ ‘The Queen of the Laurel lawn” (F. Boyce) at the helm     
  3. #11 – Mutasaawy (8-1): 6-year-old can boast the highest career Brisnet# (93) on the lawn; needs an honest pace to be heard from late         


Race 9 is ON the TURF

  1. #1/1A – Tide Is High/Valued Strike (6-5): Michael “The Mad Genius” Dickinson saddles a runner (#1) for the first time in over eight years! Look for a triumphant return; stablemate just as good gets 1st Lasix and sent out by G. Motion        
  2. #6 – Spun Copper (10-1): Hard Spun won Spiral Stakes on synthetic and offspring have done well on the grass; faces elders for first time which is a challenge for 3-year-olds in the spring       
  3. #2 – Wavy Needle (3-1): ITM 7 of 8 outings on the grass; away since turf season ended @ Prx last year but shows A.M. drills @ Pen       


Race 10

  1. #7 – Desert Voodoo (5-1): Takes big drop seeking diploma as L. Albert is 3 for 10 in this scenario; attract; possibly change in tactics (stalk cheap speed) is formula for victory
  2. #2 – Roaring Tide (6-1): Been racing at this distance the past three while showing early interest; loses L. Luzzi to top pick here
  3. #3 – Northern Prancer (5-2): Surprisingly was ignored by bettors (31-1) when runner-up in last after being third as PT favorite in prior race at same level; tries to stretch out to one mile which could be a problem or solution… flip a coin         



  • On Friday April 1st at Laurel Park had just 3 winners from the 9 race card having $2 WIN pay-off of $4.00 (1st race), $9.80 (5th) and $32.20 (9th). Note: Year-to-date Top Selections are 74 for 297 (24.91%).
  • BEST BET of the Day (33: 12-5-2) Fairy Cat (3rd race: 3-1 M/L; 3-1 PT) outrun, swung to the five path in upper stretch, ran on his left lead and failed to be a factor finishing 6th.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY of the Day (29: 2-1-7) Cotton Letters (4th race: 10-1 M/L; 14-1 PT) sped to the front, took outside pressure from the winner, ceded command three furlongs out and tired soon into the lane and was eased shortly before crossing the wire.