MIDLANTIC RACING HEADLINES: MARCH 20
What’s been going on in Mid-Atlantic racing? Plenty. An upset at CT and the return of a couple of promising runners, plus a flashy winner at Laurel Park, an intriguing contest, and a promising Maryland-bred returns to action.
Racing headlines from the Mid-Atlantic:
- Laurel Park picks and ponderings: February 5, 2023We provide full-card picks and analysis for this afternoon’s races at Laurel Park.
BOMBS AWAY AS DAZZLE ME TAKES CT ALLOWANCE
- All eyes were on the stakes winner Stowe Angel in her first start of 2021 Friday at Charles Town, but by race’s end, the story of the day was Dazzle Me, who rallied from last to win by a head in the allowance contest under Ramon Maldonado. Dazzle Me, a nine-time winner in her career, had been claimed by trainer Mike Butts for $5,000 out of her prior start. Stowe Angel, who was up close early, settled for third.
PARADISE SONG ROMPS
- Paradise Song, a three-year-old Frosted filly, made short work of her rivals in an allowance/optional claimer Friday at Laurel Park, winning by five lengths against a talented field in a fast time of 1:10.71 for six furlongs. Julian Pimentel was in the irons for the Mike Trombetta trainee. Paradise Song was a $250,000 auction purchase at last May’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic two-year-old sale and now has two wins from four starts.
JAXON TRAVELER RETURNS
- Jaxon Traveler, the Maryland-bred sophomore who has kicked off his career with three straight wins, will return to action Saturday at Oaklawn Park in the $150,000 Gazebo Stakes. The Munnings colt last raced when a hard-fought winner in December’s Maryland Juvenile Futurity at Laurel Park. Francisco Arrieta will ride for trainer Steve Asmussen.
BUBBA GRUMP, HOPPING HENRY SQUARE OFF IN CT SATURDAY FEATURE
- A $29,000, 6 ½-furlong allowance tops Charles Town’s Saturday card, and among the major contenders are the Javier Contreras trainee Bubba Grump and Hopping Henry, for conditioner Michael Sterling. Bubba Grump returned from a 15-month break this past December to win two straight but hasn’t raced since January 7. Hopping Henry, a son of Juba, won the Henry Mercer Memorial Stakes last September but hasn’t run since a sixth-place finish on West Virginia Breeders’ Classics night.
FAST BREAK LOOKING FOR TWO STRAIGHT AT LAUREL SUNDAY
- On the Sunday card, Fast Break, a son of Uncle Mo who was a $400,000 auction purchase guns for his second straight win in a first-level allowance. Trained by Brittany Russell, Fast Break broke his maiden at Aqueduct in his last start – but that was over a year ago when trained by the now-indicted Jason Servis. He’s the morning line favorite and will have Sheldon Russell up.