Laurel Park: Spot plays and horses to watch, December 11

by | Dec 11, 2017 | Breaking, Handicapping, Maryland

Edgar Prado

Edgar Prado smiles after Always Thinking won the Sensible Lady Turf Dash. Photo by Dottie Miller.

Gary Quill is taking a brief hiatus from his GQ Approach full-card picks and analysis. In his stead, we present daily spot plays and horses to watch. Good luck!

First post today 12:30 p.m. The late Pick 5 has no carryover. The Super Hi 5 has a carryover of $5,144.74. The Jackpot Rainbow Pick 6 has a carryover of $4,612.24. Eight races are on the card, all on the dirt.

  • The fourth is a maiden special weight test for two-year-olds going seven furlongs on the main track, and the favorite here is #4 Maynooth (8-5), who gave a pretty good accounting of himself last out when second behind a 7-10 favorite at this level. The added ground may help, though it’s also worth noting this one was under a ride from midway on the turn. If he moves forward off that one, he could be tough in here, but it’s worth looking around at least a little, and there is another in here worth a gander. #6 Old Time Revival (6-1) returns off a five-month break for Kenny Decker, and while his two prior tries aren’t great, they’re not terrible either; among the runners that have beaten him are the graded stakes-placed stake winner Barry Lee, stakes-placed V. I. P. Code and Onemoregreattime, and multiple winner Cheese On. He’s been training forwardly towards this event. The Brethren colt may also appreciate the added ground on offer today versus the five-eighths he saw in his first two tries. Angel Serpa will be in the irons.


  • Race 1 – 2-6-4-7
  • Race 2 – 2-4-5-3
  • Race 3 – 5-6-1-3
  • Race 4 – 6-7-4-1
  • Race 5 – 8-7-3-4
  • Race 6 – 10-1-4-5
  • Race 7 – 5-6-3-7
  • Race 8 – 3-4-1-6
  • Race 9 – 4-5-7-8

  • #4 Angel At War (2-1) was life and death last out to win a first-level allowance — which she did to run her record to five-for-five, but the water only gets deeper in the eighth, a second-level allowance sprint on the main track. The speedster may have early company, too, further complicating matters. All of that might put #3 Jessica Krupnick (4-1) in a good spot. The Uncle Mo filly arrives here off a decent fourth-place finish — beaten just a length — last out against similar in what was her first try since January. That was a solid enough group, and one of three to run back has won. Trainer Tres Abbott takes the blinkers off this miss, and she should have a chance to sit back and make one run at her speed rivals. Feargal Lynch is up.