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Drawing Courtesy of Daily Racing Funnies by Mel Live Maryland racing switches to historic Pimlico Race Course on Thursday, April 3rd for a 35-Day Spring Meet highlighted by the 139th running of the $1.5 million Preakness® Stakes on May 17, 2014.
Live racing is scheduled to take place four days a week, Thursday through Sunday prior to Preakness and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday (plus Memorial Day). The meet will end on June 7, Belmont Stakes Day.
The marquee meet of the Maryland racing season will feature 25 stakes races for purses totaling $4,680,000. More importantly to the horseplayer will be the potential of full fields thanks to more than 40 turf races written in the Condition Book 1, which only covers the first 15 racing days. Expect even more for the other 20 days.
The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) hopes that the 10 cent Jackpot Pick 5 will entice horseplayers to pay more attention to all races conducted at Pimlico as they have in playing the Rainbow Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park.
The Opening Day card features nine races, including the first two turf races of 2014 in Maryland along with FREE admission and FREE live racing program. First post is 1:10 p.m. EDT.
For every live racing day at Pimlico, I will post a blog to share my “opinions” for that days card, as well as information on Preakness runners, trainers, jocks, etc. after we find out who wins the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Recapping previous blog posted selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, March 29th (Closing Day) had 7 winners from 10 races (4 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $2.40 (1st race), $5.60 (2nd), $7.80 (4th), $5.20 (5th), $32.20 (7th), $4.40 (8th) and $9.60 (10th).
The BEST BET of the Day (10: 2-3-3) Aunt Ellipsis (9thd race: 5-1 M/L; 3-1 PT) bobbled leaving the starting gate, circled the turn four deep and finished willingly but only good enough for third, returning $2.60 to SHOW.
The LONGSHOT PICK (11: 3-5-0) Bluebrass Belle (6th race: 12-1 M/L; 5-1 PT) cleared early and set a slow pace in about the five path, dropped in a bit into the turn, was joined from her inside past the three eighths pole, gave brief resistance then tired through the final quarter mile to finish fourth.
FYI – the BEST BET of the Day selection will never be a M/L favorite and the LONGSHOT PICK will simply be the runner having the highest M/L odds among my top picks for an entire card.
PLEASE NOTE: Statistics provided for the BEST BET and LONGSHOT PICK in parentheses represent the Number of Picks: Wins-Places-Shows. For example, the BEST BET (10: 1-2-3) was picked 10 times resulting in 1 winner, 2 places and 3 shows. In the past, I would reset these numbers at the start of each meet. For 2014, I reset these numbers on Jan. 1st in order to chart results on a yearly basis.
As an extension of my mission to promote Maryland racing beyond the borders of the Free State, I've decided to ride the Selfie wave of popularity. For each blog during the Pimlico meet, my mission is to provide exposure (or embarrassment) for willing jockeys, trainers, MJC staff and/or anyone who shares my passion for Maryland thoroughbred racing via Twitter with yours truly. Tweet yours while at Pimlico with #PimlicoSelfie.
Here's ol' GQ with Gabby Gaudet, MJC's Racing Analyst.
Selections for OPENING DAY Thursday, Apr. 3rd at Old Hilltop posted below based on FAST TRACK and OFF TURF(due to chance of rain) and will be updated after scratches are announced on race day morning (typically 9am EDT).
Selections posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.
1st race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#3 – Sea Lord (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#6 – Art Class (3-5)
#1 – Dry Run (4-1)
2nd race – $6,250 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#3 – Real Estate (7-5)
#2 – Zuerstgold (3-1)
#4 – Puget Sound (5-1)
3rd race – $25,000 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#4 – Twelve Stone (9-5)
#2 – Il Toro d’Oro (3-1)
#1 – After the Bell (5-1)
4th race – $40,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#3 – Corinthian Order (6-1)
#5 – He’s Achance (5-2)
#2 – Mybrotherjohnnya (2-1)
5th race – $25,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1 16 mile OFF TURF
note: M/L were based ON TURF
#10 – Glich (7-2)
#4 – McKnife (20-1)
#5 – Chambers Bay (5-1)
6th race – $40,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#7 – Bid (6-1)
#5 – Wonderfella (6-1)
#3 – Monkey’s Medal --- SCRATCHED ---
#1 - Phlash Phelps (7-2)
7th race – $42,000 Allowance N1X for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile OFF TURF
note: M/L were based ON TURF
#8 – Breezy Girl (12-1)
#2 – Steal the Deal (10-1)
#6 – Foursouthernbelles (12-1)
8th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming for 4 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#7 – Warrioroftheroses (8-1) *** BEST BET ***
#2 – Don Tito (5-2)
#3 – Broad Rule (7-2)
9th race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. or N3L 4 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#10 – Bishamon (3-1)
#3 – Runnin From Love (8-5)
#4 – Strike Ahead (15-1)