The one where we pick the Laurel Park races every day…
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remnants: Rainbow jackpot pick 6 — $0 super high 5 — $0 Late Pick 5 — $0
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RACE 1: CLAIMING $5,000 (CONDITIONED), 3 YEARS OLDER, FILLIES AND MARES, 1 MILE
Thursday races are back! We are also just a week away from the scheduled return of turf racing. #5 Congress Hall (9/5) he made a serious move in the final stage but ended up flattening out and finishing third. She is falling off open claims and is one of two in the field with brisnet figures in the 70s in three of his last four starts. the other is #1 Ravenel (3/1), who has been visually unimpressive in his two starts since returning from a bye. However, his low 70 figures are competitive with these. #3 Simmard’s Antics (9/2) he essentially won by default at Penn National last out, and returns to a track where he has enjoyed more success.
RACE two: SINGLE CLAIMING $10,000, 3, 4 AND 5 YEARS OLD, FILLIES AND MARES, 6 FURLONGS
#6 DIxieland Dancer (2/1) he has improved markedly with each start, and ran well for second place in his first start at this level. His kryptonite could be his jockey; Joseph Trejos shot 1-for-24 in the recently completed winter meet. #2 Beast (5/1) it drops from the $40,000 maiden claim level, which is not unlike the maiden special weight races around here. He couldn’t get to the lead in the last out and showed little, but he should run well if he can take the lead and the rail in this six-furlong run. #5 Star Amaretto (12/1) he last ran well at Charles Town despite a wide ride. She will be making her first start since Dec. 10 and could enter the exotics in decent numbers.
RACE 3: CLAIMING $25,000, CHILDREN AGE 3, 7 FURLONGS
Anthony Farrior recently claimed some from various Midwestern tracks; #2 Just valid (4/1) is one of those statements. He made an impressive head-on effort to break his maiden at Fair Grounds and should be tough on the leader here as well. #3 ridiculous (7/2) made the trip and got up to beat a similar field here last, posting a career-best 84. He’ll be the first to tap if Simply Valid tires. #6 Five Star Phil (4/1) he has led late and flattened in his last two, and looks to improve in his first start for Rodolfo Sánchez-Solomón.
RACE 4: SINGLE CLAIMING $25,000, CHILDREN AGES 3, 4 & 5, 1 MILE
#1 Solomon’s Choice (1/8) he has run between 68 and 72 in each of his four starts. He ran well for third 1 1/16 miles last out and should benefit from a reduction in distance. #5 Happy now (4/1) He is coming out of the same race as Solomon’s Choice and finished second in his first gravel start and first race after a long layoff. He has shown good tactical speed. #7 soft drink (9/2) he’s been caught late on his last few but he should have a very easy ride here as he’s the only one who likes to go up front.
RACE 5: OPTIONAL START CLAIMING $25,000, CHILDREN 3 YEARS AND OLDER, 5 1/2 FURLONGS
#4 WW Spring (3/1) he fell back to this level last time out and held on to third place, edged out by a nose for second, behind Eastern Bay, who came back to win an allotment/w2x optional claim race on Sunday. It is almost certain that he is going to set the initial pace here. #8 The ride (5/2) saw his five-race winning streak snap for the last time after a rough ride. He may have hurt himself a bit in that race, since he hasn’t raced since Feb. 10, but now he’s back and should be ready for a big effort. #2 Lost in Manhattan (3/1) is another recent Farrior Midwest claim. He closed out well for second after a bad break on the last out at Turfway Park.
RACE 6: SINGLE CLAIMING $40,000, CHILDREN 3 YEARS OLD, 5 1/2 EDUCATION
Here are the first two that they think will attract a lot of money. I lean towards Cal Lynch #3 Union Fleet (9/2), who has had a steady and sharp worksheet at Fair Hill for a stable that has a decent winning percentage with first-time starters. As usual, look at the board. #2 That’s right (7/2) He attracted big money in his first start off the bench, but was stopped badly after trying to pick up the pace. He will be back in the lead and should improve. He narrowly missed out after leading his last two races last year. #6 Our Freedom (1/8) he closed out well in the debut despite a rough ride and looks like a potential value play.
RACE 7: ALLOWANCE (N/W1X), CHILDREN 3 YEARS AND OLDER, 1 MILE
There are many ways to go in a competitive Featured Event. #8 Spittoon (5/1) it packs a punch in the middle and always works well down the stretch. He’s in the 80s in each of his last five starts, including a 94 two starts back, and should be able to handle the extra distance. #1 Great Venezuela (5/1) he looks quick enough to outrun the rest of them early on and should at least stick around to enjoy a portion of the exotics. #5 Excellent (3/1) he crossed the wire first in his last start, the Tesio Stakes, was disqualified and placed second. This will be his first race in almost a year. He showed a lot of promise when he was 3 last year, but he may need a run first off the bench.
RACE 8: SINGLE CLAIMING $10,000, 3 YEARS OLD, FILLIES, 6 FURLONGS
#4 Kobe’s girl (9/2) he stopped poorly after a wide ride in the last outing, but is now down seven furlongs and has been competitive at this level of late. #6 Stock Market (7/5) it drops to this level for the first time for Brittany Russell, and she’s looking for a better effort after fading late in her last few starts. #3 Heidi T (5/1) he showed a new dimension in the last outing, when he showed speed and held on well until the last eighth. She will try to take advantage of that career.