Stan Salter's betting tips and best bets for Friday's racing at Laurel Park:
Race 1, 1:10 p.m. post time
Selections: No. 6 Lockupthebourbon, No. 4 Antietam Creek, No. 5 Bust
Lockupthebourbon was second at this level last time out and gets Trevor McCarthy to ride. Antietam Creek was the favorite last out and finished second to a horse who came back to win. Bust had a sharp win last time out. Should be part of the early pace.
Race 2, 1:40 p.m.
Selections: No. 3 Little Miss Lupe, No. 6 I Just Wanna Win, No. 1 Charm City
Little Miss Lupe has won her last two races and is going in the right direction for top barn. I Just Wanna Win has been in top form recently, but is stepping up in class in here. Charm City had a rough trip last out and was claimed by a barn who is 30 percent first time off the claim.
Race 3, 2:10 p.m.
Selections: No. 1 Heaven's Creation, No. 3 Indian Paint, No. 4 Grace Isabella
Heaven’s Creation has been very consistent over the last three races and the barn is 5-for-10 here. Indian Paint is well-bred and has been improving in each of her three starts. Grace Isabella runs today with first-time blinkers for strong connections.
Race 4, 2:40 p.m.
Selections: No. 4 Billy the Bull, No. 5 Against the Win, No. 11 Flyingtobechilders
If Billy the Bull is ready, he’ll go right to the front and smoke this group. Against the Win is capable of a big effort in his first start since being claimed. Flyingtobechilders has earned over $100K on the turf and has two wins over this course.
Race 5, 3:10 p.m.
Selections: No. 4 Gold Braid, No. 7 Honor the Fleet, No. 2 No More Talk
Gold Braid likes this track and comes into this race off two strong efforts. Honor the Fleet had a very strong win last time out at this track when stretching out in distance in second start. No More Talk exits stakes company and tries to regain his best form.
Race 6, 3:40 p.m.
Selections: No. 5 Freudie Anne, No. 9 Janine Melnitz, No. 8 Speak Up Sailor
Freudie Anne brings her top form from the Fair Grounds into this race and will likely be in front early. Janine Melnitz ran a strong second last out and just got beat by a horse who came back to win. Speak Up Sailor's best effort puts her right there vs. this group.
Race 7, 4:10 p.m.
Selections: No. 10 Grecian Prince, No. 8 In Arrears, No. 5 It's the Journey
Grecian Prince brings consistent strong form into the race and gets McCarthy to ride. In Arrears was a strong second last out at this level for his new barn. It’s the Journey had a strong win last out & the show horse from that race came back to win.
Race 8, 4:40 p.m.
Selections: No. 1 Markakis, No. 7 Highly Prized, No. 3 Zinger
Markakis has the talent and runs fresh today for a top barn who can win with this move. Judging off his win last out, Highly Prized is the horse to beat in here. Zinger gets back to his preferred surface today for top connections.
Race 9, 5:10 p.m.
Selections: No. 2 Takeashot, No. 8 Mesmerize, No. 4 Hydro
Takeashot has a patient trainer who has also won with this filly’s dam first time out vs. MSW company. Mesmerize runs fresh today and tries to regain her top form. Hydro is making her first start for new barn.
Best bet: Race 7, No. 10 Grecian Prince (7-2)
Price play: Race 8, No. 1 Markakis (6-1)