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Happy New Year: 2013 Gets Underway at Laurel Park


   Should old acquaintance be forgot,
   and GQ’s last Best Bet and Longshot of 2012,


   Should old acquaintance be forgot,
   in hopes that GQ will pick winners in 2013.



It’s a new year, every thoroughbred in the world is a year older and what better way to start 2013 then to take a stab at the New Year’s Day card at Laurel Park. There are 9 exciting chase scenes on tap, each having no less than 7 runners.


Recapping the final posted selections at Laurel Park from Saturday, Dec. 29th had just 5 winners from 9 races (only 1 Top Selections; pay-offs shown in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $19.40 (1st race), $10.60 (2nd), $3.60 (3rd), $21.40 (7th), and $3.60 (9th).


Even though the day got off to a great start with a $124.60 Double payoff in the 2nd race followed by having the chalk on top in the 3rd, the day quickly headed south.     


The BEST BET of the Day (13 5-1-2) D C Dancer (7-2 PT; 5-1 M/L) appeared to have a tough time getting going over the sloppy surface. He made a middle move but never got into contention and was not asked for his best as the jock recognized it wasn’t going to be his day, as he was 5th under the wire.


The LONGSHOT PICK (11 3-0-0) Laurie’s Choice (7-2 PT; 10-1 M/L) took a lot of action early in the wagering as she opened at 2-1. It seems that many others took note of the fact she had never been off-the-board (OTB) in 5 lifetime outings over an Off Track. That was until this race. On paper she was the only early speed in the race, but the jock on #2 (Senteya) decided to push his mount early. All that maneuver did was kill both Laurie’s Choice and Senteya, as both faltered after at the ¼ pole, finishing next the last (6th) and last (7th), respectively.


The end of 2012 brought the Laurel Park Fall Meet to a close, as well as finalizing GQ’s BEST BET and Longshot Plays record. Both took a hit in the last two postings of 2012 as neither hit the board. Still, a strong start helped the BEST BET realize 5 winners (38%) with 8 finishing in-the-money (61%) from 13 selections. Due to a few scratches, the LONGSHOT pick was in play 11 times resulting in 3 winners (27%).         


For New Year’s Day races the weather forecast calls for Cloudy skies with just a 10% chance of precipitation, meaning the track will be FAST at Laurel Park on Tuesday Jan. 1st. Selections for all races 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 – $10,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies 3 y.o . – 1 mile

#4 – French Mistress (2-1) 

#2 – Bwana Miss  (9-5)

#1 – Brahms Bracelet  (20-1)  


2nd race – $7,500 Claiming N2L for 4 y.o.and up – 6 furlongs

#2 – Kincaid  (5-2)

#8 – Notable Player (9-5) --- SCRATCHED ---

#5 – Never Stop Looking  (3-1) 

#7 – Lacrosse Moon (12-1)   


3rd race – $12,500 Claiming for fillies 3 y.o. – 5½ furlongs

#3 – No More Fives (9-5)

#8 – Sing the Blues (15-1)   

#5 – Shirts and Shoes  (5-1) 


4th race – $35,000 Claiming for F&M 4 y.o. OR N3L 5 y.o. & up – 1 mile

#7 – Malibu Creek (12-1)  $$$ LONGSHOT $$$

#5 – Queen Concerto  (3-1)

#3 – Cypress Isle  (6-1)      --- SCRATCHED ---

#1 – Donttangowithmango (9-2)  


5th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for F&M 4 y.o. and up – 1 mile

#9 – I’vegotadate (9-5)  

#5 – Lil Cyd (20-1)

#4 – Brightlingsea  (3-1) 


6th race – $10,000 Claiming for 4 y.o. and up – about 1 1/16 miles

#8 – Seguro (9-2) 

#6 – Tisnow Julie (10-1)

#2 – Jax Maxx (5-1)   


7th race – $7,500 Claiming for 4 y.o. OR N3L 5 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs

#8 – Summer Robin (4-1)   *** BEST BET ***

#3 – Cat in Motion (6-1)    

#9 – Spanish Officer (3-1)


8th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming N1X for fillies 3 y.o. – 6 furlongs

#5 – Sea Lady (5-1) 

#1A – Sky Given (9-2)

#3 – Heart of Rome  (3-1)


9th race – $5,000 Claiming N2Y for 4 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs

#9 – Beaureal (10-1)  --- SCRATCHED ---

#4 – Peaceadaaction  (2-1)

#6 – Call the Natives (30-1)

#1 – Three O'Clock Rock (7-2)   




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Best of luck to Lacrosse Moon!
I printed out the selections for Race #2 to show Moon. Not sure how he will react to it though!
  • marylandgq · Hopefully he won't be intimidated... and can prove me wrong... cuz it won't be the 1st time. GL · 1754 days ago
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  I am the most passionate person on the planet when it comes to thoroughbred horse racing! One sunny summer day in 1964 at Timonium Race Track is where my Dad and mentor introduced me to “The Sport of Kings”. Since that day, I have had the pleasure to visit over 40 different tracks across North America. Though an IT professional by trade, I’ve had a part-time gig with the Maryland Jockey Club since 1988.

here are thousands of rail-birds who claim to be great handicappers. Well, I don’t claim to be the best… just the most passionate and one that won’t tout “chalk”. Like a savvy stock broker, I look for value and often find it. Unlike the talking heads on horse racing television networks and the dozens of websites featuring handicapper’s opinions, I’m ACCOUNTABLE. That is, good or bad, you’ll always know how my previously posted picks performed along with a running record of my BEST BET and LONGSHOT Play of the Day selections for Maryland tracks (Laurel and Pimlico) at TheRacingBiz, see "The GQ Approach".

   In addition to focusing on the Maryland thoroughbred racing circuit, each year I follow the Derby Trail and post “GQ’s Derby Double Dozen” in early February. 

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