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'Immortal' victory at Laurel was a Team Effort

Immortal Eyes wins 2013 De Francis Dash.
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club



Last weekend, the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash was won by Immortal Eyes, an 8 year old gelding trained by Maryland local conditioner Damon Dilodovico. It didn’t take long for Damon to make me sound like a genius, as it was just 10 days ago in my Laurel Park Opening Day blog, that I touted him as one to watch during the meet. 

Immortal Eyes got an assist from Mother Nature as the heaven’s opened a few hours before post time, dumping a healthy amount of rain on the Laurel Park main oval, fit for a duck. The 8 year old son of Greatness had 5 ITM finishes from 7 outings on an off track, earning his second best career speed figure last December over a muddy Laurel surface.

The sloppy going and strategy to “gun from the get go” paid off handsomely, as Immortal Eyes was never challenged throughout the 6 furlong event, winning by 6 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:08.47, giving Dilodovico the biggest victory of his training career and the short-term investors $21.60 to WIN.

Maryland Jockey Club’s racing analyst Gabby Gaudet caught up with the crew who helped make the victory in the De Francis Dash an immortal one. Here’s her VBlog…




Throughout the Laurel Park Fall Meet, I’ll post full card selections for Saturday race days.

Recapping Laurel Park’s Fall Festival of Racing Day (Saturday, Sept. 21st) 11-race card had 6 winners (but just 1 Top Selection in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $9.00 (1st race), $4.40 (2nd), $16.80 (3rd), $3.80 (4th), $3.20 (8th) and $13.00 (11th).

BEST BET (2:1-1-0): Eagle Poise (4th race 6-1 M/L; 6-1 PT) lacked speed early as expected, circled foes on the final turn, entered the lane six wide and rallied nicely, but came up a neck short, returning $8.00 to PLACE and $5.80 to SHOW.

Longshot Play (2:0-0-0): Greek Default (1st race 12-1 M/L; 21-1 PT) prompted the pace outside the eventual winner, then faltered on the far turn to finish last (5th).

Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Sept. 28th card are posted below. If need be, an update will be posted after scratches are annouced on race day morning.

Selections for all races posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s.

1st race – $12,500 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#4 – Armstrong (7-5)
#1 – A Train Alex (9-5)
#2 – Ara Diamond (8-1)

2nd race – $7,500 Claiming N3L for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#3 – Compatriot (8-1)
#1 – Chief Dispute (5-1)
#6 – Haywired (8-5)

3rd race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#4 – Bookin for Love (5-2)
#7 – Plated (3-1)
#10 – Got What (5-1)

4th race – $7,500 Claiming N3L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#1 – Tooth n Claw (6-1)   ***  BEST BET  ***
#5 – Peasant (8-5)
#2 – Touchdowntony (6-1)

5th race – $40,000 Maidens for 2 y.o. – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#2/2X – Defining Product / Captainofindustry (5-2)
#9 – Rockinn On Bye (15-1)
#10 – Lulu Le’ Mon (5-1)

6th race – $7,500 Claiming N2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#5 – Talk Me Into It (5-2)
#4 – Charmed by Danger (6-1)
#2 – Beyond Midnight (6-5)

7th race – $25,000 Claiming N2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ f on TURF
#1 – Honor the Truth (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#4 – Sky Given (8-1)
#8 – Storming Rage (7-2)

8th race – $40,000 Maidens for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#9 – Ilikecandy (5-1)
#3 – Sundae School (9-2)
#7 – Classy Broad (6-1)

9th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming N2X for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/8 miles on TURF
#5 – Readyshakego (9-2)
#9 – Scat About (15-1)
#4 – Sharp Omar (7-2)

10th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming N2X for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on TURF
#6 – Chulula (8-5)
#8 – Agatha K (8-1)
#3 – Pennies Appeal (8-1)

11th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#5 – Coldblack (9-5)
#4 – Ramsey Branch (5-1)
#6 – Son of the Sun (9-2)

Good Luck!

 


 

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Champions come in many forms,Immortal Eyes makes @Gary Quill a Champion Handicapper!!
What a quirky and cool horse, Immortal Eyes!

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