The GQ Approach – Laurel December 26

by | Dec 25, 2016 | Breaking, Handicapping, Maryland, MD Racing

Mizz Money (#9) held off Vielsalm (in between) and Heath (#12) to win the Grade 3 Gallorette. Photo by Laurie Asseo.

The GQ Approach features full-card selections from Laurel Park (w/ live racing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout 2016; Post Time 12:30pm EDT), including a daily Best Bet, Longshot Play, and multi-race wagers — including the 20 cent Rainbow Pick-6, 50 cent Jackpot Pick-5, as well as Pick-4s and rolling Doubles, Pick-3s and the Super High-5. 



  • Rainbow Pick 6: $5,936
  • Super High 5: $5,241
  • Late Pick 5: no carryover


Race 7 / #3 – Our First Candy (4-1)


Race 4  / #5 – Maryland’s Best (12-1)

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


  • Race 1: $2 Double 1, 6, 9 w/ 7  ($6)
  • Race 3: $0.50 Pick-3  2, 4, 6  w/ 1, 2, 5  w/ 5, 6, 8  ($13.50)
  • Race 6: $0.50 Pick-4  1, 4, 8  w/ 3, 4  w/ 7, 8  w/ 1, 2, 7  ($18)
  • Race 8: $2 Double 7, 8  w/ 1, 2, 7  ($12)


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

  • Weather: Mostly Cloudy, highs in the mid 40s
  • Projected condition of main track: FAST
  • No turf racing until Spring 2017


Race 1

  1. #9 – Include Gold (9-5): Adds blinkers and drops a couple class levels; lone victory came on this course but on an off track sprinting
  2. #1 – Weatherurnot (3-1): Speed from the rail will be tested early by NY shipper #5; if either scratched a gate-to-wire score is possible; like this one’s ascending speed figures
  3. #6 – Y’er Wan (6-1): Got SHOW purse v. better in last two @ PA tracks after adding blinkers; makes Lrl dirt debut while never OTB at this distance (3:0-2-1)


Race 2

  1. #7 – Holiday Blues (8-5): Stands out with three consecutive 80+ Brinset#s, by far the best in this field; exits turf sprint which came after nose loss at this level going 6f on dirt locally
  2. #4 – If You Believe (5-2): Import from SoCal via D. Jacobson private purchase; shows some uninspiring works and eligible to be claimed doesn’t give a warm and fuzzy feeling in spite of recent races at SA and Dmr
  3. #3 – Maryland’s Love (10-1): Recent purchase via liquidation of the late Howard Bender estate; worth a look as lone win came in debut sprinting on Lrl dirt     


Race 3

  1. #4 – Finito (4-1): Was in waaay over his head in latest; drops back to level where he was claimed 3 back and won v. N3L
  2. #2 – Mongolian King (6-5): Barely lasted in latest going long @ Pen v. 5 rivals; returns to Lrl where he’s never been worse than runner-up (3:1-2-0)
  3. #6 – After the Cut Off (6-1): Takes multi-level drop due to suddenly being off form in last two; T. McCarthy getting leg up for first time is a positive sign             


Race 4

  1. #5 – Maryland’s Best (12-1): $$$ LONGSHOT $$$ Plenty early speed in this event, so this one can let the speed duel ensue and let the early leaders get leg weary in deep stretch
  2. #1 – In Arrears (5-2): Speed from the rail, will dictate pace in a catch me if you can effort; cut back from 7 furlongs is key
  3. #2 – High Roller (1-1): Failed as Post Time favorite in minor stakes here last month; just one work since but obviously one to beat


Race 5

  1. #6 – Manille (5-2): Could be a gate-to-wire winner as she’s been facing much better and others in here aren’t the “need the lead to win” type; biggest concern is the pilot, 7 lb. bug J. Torres is just 1 for 18 at meet
  2. #8 – Pret Say Eye (8-1): 0 for 7 on natural dirt but gets class relief in order to pay barn bill during winter racing; L. Gaudet/K. Gomez have teamed up for 4 wins from 6 outings this meet
  3. #5 – Lemon Lover (6-1): First race after W. Potts claim (24%); 3 y.o. filly catches a fairly weak open $15k claimer; interesting that A. Cintron lands here instead of on #1 for Rickman/R. Alfano


Race 6

  1. #8 – Painter’s Rags (5-1): KY-bred FTS by Union Rags has extensive work tab with a couple recent bullets; like the string of 5 furlong works which should indicate readiness to go long in debut
  2. #1/1A – Cruzin With Pachi/El Manut (15-1): #1 is KY-bred Awesome Again FTS out of Tiznow mare should like one mile distance as #1A comes off runner-up debut effort in w/ $16k MCL
  3. #4 – Valhalla (5-1): Supposedly the weaker of the two T. Pletcher uncoupled entries; this colt had look of wanting more distance in 6½f debut; nice works since; should improve on stretch out     


Race 7

  1. #3 – Our First Candy (4-1): *** BEST BET *** Been having wide trips while still improving on speed figs; finally gets an additional 1/16th of real estate to help has she does her best running in deep stretch
  2. #4 – Socialize (7-2): Dangerous duo in G. Motion/T. McCarthy w/ Broken Vow filly making her third career start; bridesmaid by just a neck in latest w/ late rally going 7f at this same $25k MCL
  3. #7 – Scarlett’s Ransom (12-1): It’s not by accident that trainer J. Robb, one of the best in MD w/ 2 y.o., gets 30% of his runners to Winners’ Circle in their second career race; took action v. better in debut   


Race 8

  1. #7 – Concordia’s Way (9-2): Looks to score natural Hat Trick as he moves up into N2X company; interesting that loses services of J. Toledo who opts for Jacobson 6-1 runner (#4)
  2. #8 – Service for Ten (5-1): Will need some pace help as this 7 y.o. does his best running in deep stretch; runner-up v. at same level when 7-wide on turn
  3. #11 – Gursky (12-1): Away for over 5 months after failed effort first time v. N2X; previously had been a darling for bettors (PT fav. in 5 of past 8); typically part of Trifecta at this distance (6:1-3-1)


Race 9

  1. #7 – My Giant (9-5): Makes dirt debut in 14th career start; drops to bottom of the claiming barrel as if he won’t run a lick on dirt, but breeding doesn’t suggest he won’t; might be a bargain claim
  2. #2 – Run for Zach (6-1): Very impressive run in first try around two turns to beat N2L; faces a mixed bag of runners whose 3rd win has eluded them, so a repeat performance could land him in Winners’ Circle
  3. #1 – Thought Partner (7-2): Has been dropping through the claiming ranks like a rock while trying to get win #3; failed as Post Time favorite in last outing at this level; J. Toledo back aboard   



  • On Saturday December 24th at Laurel had just 4 winners from the 9 race card (2 Top Selections; payoff in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-off of $10.00 (1st race), $12.40 (2nd), $5.00 (3rd) and $8.40 (9th). Of the suggested multi-race wagers hit R1-R2 $2 DOUBLE for $33.00 (cost: $18). Year-to-date Top Selections are 295 for 1,186 (24.87%).
  • BEST BET of the Day (125: 31-27-19) Risky Guy (3rd race: 2-1 M/L; 3-2 PT) prompted pace outside a rival then gained lead approaching the stretch, sprinted clear in upper stretch and held sway under brisk urging to win by ¾ of a length to return $5.00 to WIN, $3.40 to PLACE and $2.60 to SHOW.
  • LONGSHOT PLAY of the Day (122: 13-13-16) Waves On the Sea (9th race: 8-1 M/L; 6-1 PT) hesitated at the break spotting the field a few lengths, circled six wide to loom a factor mid-turn, pursed into the lane then gave way in the final furlong to finish 6th.