The GQ Approach – Laurel December 30

by | Dec 30, 2018 | Breaking, Handicapping, Maryland, MD Racing

Something Awesome

Something Awesome ran through the snow to win the Grade 3 General George. Photo by Laurie Asseo.

The GQ Approach features full-card selections from Laurel Park for the live Fall racing meet, Post Time 12:35 pm EDT including a daily Best Bet, Longshot Play, and multi-race wagers — including the 20 cent Rainbow Pick-6, 50 cent Early and Late Pick-5s, as well as Pick-4s and rolling Doubles, Pick-3s and the Super High-5.

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  • Rainbow Pick 6: $3,383
  • Super High 5: $2,477
  • Late Pick 5: $14,563[/su_box]

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[su_box title=”Best Bet of the Day” style=”glass” box_color=”#66ADCC”]Race 8/ #6 – Smart Step (3-1)[/su_box]

[su_box title=”Longshot Play of the Day” style=”glass” box_color=”#66ADCC”] Race 9 /#2 – Setubal (6-1)[/su_box]

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  • Race 1 – $2 Double: 2, 5 w/ 4, 6 ($8)
  • Race 5 – 50 cent Pick 5: 3, 7, 9 w/ 3, 5 w/ 1, 6, 8 w/ 2, 6 w/ 2, 3, 7 ($54)

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

  • Weather: Sunny with highs in the upper 40s
  • Projected track conditions: Main – FAST / Turf – NONE
  • 1st Race Post Time 12:30pm EST

Race 1

  1. #5 – Top Hat Warrior (9-5): Overmatched in first start off trainer W. Potts $16k claim catches weaker foes in today’s opener; best two speed figures of six race career will be good enough to get to wire first in this contest    
  2. #2 – Good Wheels (10-1)
  3. #7 – Ricardito (4-1)

Race 2

  1. #6 – One More Tom (5-2): Could be a R. Montanez Early Double as trainer R. Sillaman will give him a leg up on this More Than Ready 3-year-old claimed out latest when runner-up in a $30kN2L at Kee  
  2. #4 – Glengar (2-1)
  3. #5 – Crush It (9-2)        

Race 3

  1. #1 – Knock Out Kid (5-2): Tough rail assignment in a field loaded with early speed; hoping J. Toledo, riding for first-time can get a stalking position as he has ability to pass foes in deep stretch
  2. #4 – Sip of Sunshine (3-1)
  3. #6 – Ellanation (6-1)

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Race 4

  1. #7 – Sipping Champagne (3-1): Lucky #13 start for this MD/home-bred whose been making serious preparation for Graduation Day of late with runner-up finishes in last two at this level
  2. #6 – Hard Rockin Blues (6-1)
  3. #2 – Loveanor (5-2)

Race 5

  1. #3 – Gold Bridle (6-1): Has shown steady progress in 13-race career as BRIS#s have been inching northward in last five starts; chance to catch leg-weary foes late
  2. #7 – Candymankando (4-1)
  3. #9 – Menacing (8-1)

Race 6

  1. #3 – By the Sey Shore (6-1): With the scratch of the #1 and #7, this Capper believes that this gelding will be quicker in the early stages than #6 with an opportunity to make every pole a winning one 
  2. #5 – Danz a Rebel (5-2)
  3. #6 – Statesboro (6-1)

Race 7

  1. #6 – You Can Never Tell (9-2): Speedster stopped on a dime twice when facing Alwn1x on dirt then turf which came nearly two-months ago; trust that trainer M. Trombetta has put some stamina in this gelding
  2. #8 – Sonic Boom E Jet (7-2)
  3. #1 – Pascal Chant (8-1)

Race 8

  1. #6 – Smart Step (3-1): *** BEST BET *** Second start with blinkers; exits two-turn event where he couldn’t go the last pole; cuts back to distance where he earned best BRIS# (85) of this bunch
  2. #2 – Souper Warrior (7-2)
  3. #4 – Known But to God (5-2)

Race 9

  1. #2 – Setubal (6-1): $$$ LONGSHOT $$$ Been competing at this level or against better all year without getting to Winners’ Circle at Lrl (6:0-4-0) but both career victories have come at this distance
  2. #3 – Ridgmont High (12-1)
  3. #7 – Thesweetesttaboo (2-1)

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

  • On Saturday December 29th at Laurel had 5 winners from the 10-race card (1 Top Selection; payoff in BOLD below).
  • Top Selections are 463 for 1649 (28.08%). In 2017, Top Selections went 340 for 1,197 (28.40%). The payoffs of the winners…
    • R1: xxx
    • R2: xxx
    • R3: $7.20
    • R4: $7.80
    • R5: $13.40
    • R6: $5.40
    • R7: xxx
    • R8: xxx
    • R9: xxx
    • R10: $5.60
  • Of the suggested multirace wagers, hit the R3-R5 50 cent Pick-3 for $68.15 (total wagered: $13.50).
  • BEST BET of the Day (164:51-41-14; in 2017 119: 39-25-19) Press Virginia (3rd race: 3-1 M/L; 2-1 PT) stalked the pace, circled the turn, was fanned four wide turning for home and faltered to finish sixth. 
  • LONGSHOT PLAY of the Day (157:24-28-17; in 2017 107: 18-13-15) Taco Supream (5th race: 8-1 M/L; 7-1 PT) prompted the pace outside JOHN JONES, drifted to the four path in upper stretch and weakened to finish fourth.