Laurel Park picks and ponderings January 5, 2020

by | Jan 5, 2020 | Breaking, Handicapping, Maryland, MD Racing

Anna's Bandit

Anna’s Bandit. Photo by Laurie Asseo.

In which we pick the races from Laurel Park each day…

Post time: 12:25 p.m.

Carryovers: Rainbow Jackpot Pick 6 — $1,048; Super High 5 — None; Late Pick 5 — None

Notable: Happy New Year!



  • 4-2-7-1
  • Top choice #4 Imagine Winning (5-1) gave an improved account of himself last time behind a repeat winner despite a troubled trip; with a couple of speedy types in here, he might sit the right trip under Carrasco… 


  • 3-5-1A-6
  • Just a couple of races removed from defeating $16,000 claimers, #3 Blame the Kids (2-1) drops to the bottom after a couple of middling tries versus much better; will need a pace to develop up front… Wondering if #1A Stolen Love (6-1) may be forging back to better efforts after an improved try in last…


  • 8-1-9-3
  • Nothing but questions in this maiden claimer, so let’s give a look to first-timer #8 Lucky Ember (9-2); the Jamie Ness trainee appears to have been training in company with Mighty Molly, who ran third on debut against much better yesterday, and leading rider McCarthy has the mount… #1 My Lila (12-1) gets back to the level and six-furlong distance at which she delivered best effort four back; there was also some moisture in the track that day…



  • 2-1-6-7
  • Ok, sure, it took #2 Iam a Dancer (5-1) 25 tries to graduate, but she did so in style, overcoming a challenging trip to win by a pole; let’s see if the lightbulb’s gone on now… Tepid morning line favorite #1 Youknowwhatitizzz (3-1) drops from better company after several failures, owns an off-track victory…


  • 8-5-1-3
  • Likely favorite #8 Justin Front (2-1) trounced better last time out and makes first start in the Chris Englehart barn in this spot… If he doesn’t go favored, the Claudio Gonzalez-trained #1 D C Fireman (5-2) will, but the question for this runner is: why here? He beat maiden special weight foes at first asking before being well-beaten in the Maryland Million Nursery; you’d imagine he’d show back up in an allowance for his first start in three months…


  • 6-4-5-3
  • The deserving favorite in this maiden event is the Gonzalez trainee #4 Hoss Kitten (8-5), who finished second last out in a race from which three of four to run back have won… We’re gonna try to beat her, though, with the Linda Rice shipper #6 Bow Maker (6-1); Rice has won with 8 of 14 maiden claimers she’s raced at Laurel, including 5 of 8 who, like this one, were not making their career debuts; go-to rider Karamanos is up… #5 Meet Michelle (10-1) ran poorly last out but is just a couple of races removed from good efforts against better and may offer value…



  • 6-5-7-2
  • We keep thinking that #6 Bobby G (6-5) is going to go off form, but he keeps proving us wrong and looks to be a handful in here… #5 Cloud Chaser (4-1) may be rounding back into form, has efforts that would win here on the page, and brings rider Gonzalez along…


  • 2-1-5-3
  • Not too enthralled with this contest: the most likely winners are #5 Lunar Rille (8-5), who probably gets the right trip to win (but what’s fun about that?) or #2 Esterina (9-5), who won an open allowance easily two back but figures to have pace company early from the stretching-out sprinter #3 Don’tbaggagecheck (5-1), who ran well against similar two back…


About The Author

Frank Vespe

Frank Vespe, the founder and publisher of The Racing Biz, has owned, bought, sold, claimed, written, and talked about horses, in varying combinations, for a decade. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on twitter @TheRacingBiz.

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