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Preakness Tickets: The Early Bird Gets The $aving$


Tickets for 2014 Preakness day went on-sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday, October 1st. The 139th running of the Preakness® Stakes will take place May 17, 2014 at Pimlico Race Course. Ticket renewals were mailed out on September 27th. 

The annual running of the Preakness Stakes, first contested in 1873, is one of thoroughbred horse racing's most valued Grade 1 stakes races and one of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, "The People's Race...The People's Party" has hosted up to 121,309 for the pivotal middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

Preakness InfieldFest is a multi-entertainment festival featuring national headlining artists on two stages, the popular MUG Club and unique attractions throughout the day to give fans an unparalleled entertainment experience, featuring thirteen (13) exciting races, headlined by the Preakness Stakes.

Just as in previous years, there will be tiers of pricing, based on calendar days, for Infield and MUG Club tickets:

                         October     Nov & Dec     Jan-Apr 2014   May 2014

General Infield      $40             $50                 $60              $70

MUG Club             $60             $70                 $80              $90

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Preakness ticket office (877-206-8042) or by logging onto www.ticketfly.com.

Seating information and ticket reservation forms for Preakness 139 can be found at http://www.preakness.com/tickets.

According to Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, the results from the 2013 Fastig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic Fall Yearling Sales held at Timonium this past Monday speak for themselves. The sale saw gains across the board. Eleven (11) six-figure sellers were topped by a
Quality Road colt consigned by CandyLand and purchased by Bortolazzo Stables for $260,000.

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

Recapping Laurel Park’s Saturday, September 28th 11-race card had 6 winners (but just 1 Top Selection in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $2.80 (1st race), $3.80 (2nd), $3.60 (4th), $5.20 (5th), $4.60 (6th) and $27.80 (11th).

BEST BET (3:1-2-0): Tooth n Claw (4th race 6-1 M/L; 5-2 PT) hugged the rail while well back, swung wide entering the stretch, had aim on the leader near the sixteenth pole but hung, beaten a ½ length by the 4-5 favorite to return $3.00 to PLACE and $2.60 to SHOW.

Longshot Play (3:0-0-0): Honor the Truth (7th race 8-1 M/L; 6-1 PT) was in mid-pack early along the rail, then moved outside of rivals on the turn, rallied between horses in the stretch but was on the short end of a 3-way PLACE photo to finish 4th.

Selections for Laurel Park, Saturday, Oct. 5th are posted below. If need be, an update will be posted after early scratches are announced 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 – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#2 – Feet Included (2-5)
#5 – Seven Again (5-1)
#1 – Secret Knock (6-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#1 – Access Love (3-1)
#7 – Tripplite (9-5)
#3 – Witty Kid (12-1)

3rd race – $10,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on TURF
#13 – True Tradition (5-1)
#4 – Hesagoldmine (10-1)
#12 – Father Hughes (12-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#3 – Fuhr Town (6-1)
#7 – Cross Town Rival (8-5)
#6 – Edson’s Ridge (5-1)

5th race – $20,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on TURF
#9 – Dan’s Last Stand (9-2)   ***  BEST BET  ***
#5 – Regal Nurse (8-1)
#8 – Vianney Lane (5-1)

6th race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#5 – Versailles Fox (3-1)
#1 – Bet the Cat (8-1)
#3 – American Cat (5-2)

7th race – $42,000 Allowance N1X for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ f on TURF
#8 – Red Hot Ride (15-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#3 – Happy Face (4-1)
#1/1A – Nikki B. Bad / Miss Dayna Lee (5-2)

8th race – $40,000 Maidens for fillies 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#4 – Tizgale (3-1)
#7 – Holly Red Rocket (12-1)
#10 – Debbie’s Tude (15-1)

9th race – $42,000 Allowance N1X for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#3 – Ek Haseena (5-2)
#6 – Chief’s Prize (6-1)
#1 – Brenda’s Way (9-2)

10th race – $32,000 Optional Claiming N3X for 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile on TURF
#10 – Powder Mountain (8-1)
#8 – Fan Base (3-1)
#3 – Hamp (12-1)

11th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#3 – Bret’s At Caddies (9-2)
#6 – Crossing (5-1)
#4 – Red October (10-1)

Good Luck!


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                Meet Gary Quill

  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. 

   My personal mission is to rejuvenate interest in thoroughbred horse racing. Being able to share my energy, thoughts and opinions on this sport via HRN will certainly help the cause.


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