Gabby Gaudet's betting tips and best bets for Saturday's race card at Laurel Park:
Race 1, 1:10 p.m. post time
Selections: No. 5 Say Cin Cin, No. 8 Alpine Sky, No. 4 Tiz a Diamond
Say Cin Cin has proven that she is capable of handling an off track, something that may come in handy today. Today is the day she needs to deliver but she has competitive company lines including Alabama runner-up Going For Broke. Alpine Sky posts one workout at Laurel since relocating from Ocala, Florida. She regressed in her turf number last out, however, and that figured to be a more preferred surface. Tiz a Diamond has already been exposed at the maiden claiming level but does look like she’ll be best at this distance versus sprinting.
Race 2, 1:40 p.m.
Selections: No. 4 Porte Cochere, No. 12 Seeking Gold, No. 7 Theresa’s Honor
Porte Cochere has posted two of her best numbers on dirt and turf respectively since transitioning to the new barn. The rail post cost her last out on the turf but seems to have set her up nicely going back to dirt today. Seeking Gold is the one to beat if she runs back to her recent form, but not really a vote of confidence having been recently claimed for $25,000 and immediately dropping. Theresa’s Honor did little to no running last out but her natural speed could take her a long way here.
Race 3, 2:10 p.m.
Selections: No. 6 Snuck a Little Fun, No. 8 Claravoyant, No. 5 Crookit
Snuck a Little Fun drew the rail and was pressed on the lead in her most recent dirt try. Most likely an preferred position given her running style in her turf efforts. Given more options with better post today. Claravoyant takes a big drop in class and runs for a trainer who has been very successful with trainer switches on the dirt. Crookit has enough speed to stalk and looks like she’ll improve getting back to dirt.
Race 4, 2:40 p.m.
Selections: No. 11 Street Bullet, No. 6 Young Dude, No. 8 I’m Da Big Man
Street Bullet was soundly defeated last out as the favorite when Seventy Niner turned the tables on him, but he comes back to a more suitable course today has gets a more favorable pace setup. Young Dude held his own against open company when he last campaigned on the dirt. He too looks to benefit from an honest pace ahead. I’m Da Big Man is extremely hot and cold on either surface so he’s very hard to gauge, but on his best day he could be live against this group.
Race 5, 3:10 p.m.
Selections: No. 3 Little Cyclone, No. 5 Kittery, No. 1 In Mid Heir
Little Cyclone has dabbled at multiple different distance and surfaces in the past but she’s been well spotted in her recent two races under trainer Phil Schoenthal and it’s paying off. She too has enough speed to keep In Mid Heir honest to her inside who is fast but figures to take pressure from the rail. Kittery has run her two best races on a track with moisture. She’ll be doing the rain dance.
Race 6, 3:40 p.m.
Selections: No. 9 Sisella, No. 6 Neyami, No. 11 Grateful Heart
Sisella takes a steep drop out of Ny-bred company at Saratoga behind a well-meant first timer, that also produced two next out winners. Neyami looks to press U Know That Rite and utilize her early footing on the drop. Grateful Heart had to break from the rail post in her debut but draws a better post today and Jenkins is often known to improve with maidens making their second start.
Race 7, 4:10 p.m.
Selections: No. 4 Charlie Bravo, No. 12 Bill’s Passion, No. 11 All Fired Up
Can’t hold Charlie Bravo’s first and only dirt start gaginst him too much considering it was followed by a year-plus layoff. Was ready enough to win off the shelf last out and is bred to like a track with moisture in it. Bill’s Passion has an outside, controlling position and may possibly be the fastest early. All Fired Up sits atop a strange performance last out but was compromised at the start of his race two starts ago when bumped coming out of the gate. Looks to stalk.
Race 8, 4:40 p.m.
Selections: No. 3 Loveable Lady, No. 6 Brenda’s Way, No. 2 Street Cruizer
Loveable Lady is a five-time winner because of her positional speed and versatility. She can handle an off track, fast track and can win from any position. I admire her consistency in a field where some tend to go in and out of form. Brenda’s Way can sprint – she’s a two-time winner at this distance, in fact. I like her at a decent price but it’ll all depend on how wet the track becomes. Street Cruizer was given a break after a poor effort against stakes company over the summer and did experience some trouble in her last. Think her best hope is to be close to the pace.
Race 9, 5:10 p.m.
Selections: No. 7 Mylute, No. 4 Connemara Coast, No. 3 Rockinn On Bye
Mylute is a closer in a race that figures to have a decent pace with the presence of Final Prospect, Big Guy Ian and Chief Istan, and although he’s been effective at two-turns (or one-turn distance races at Belmont), he looks like he’ll relish the cut back to a true sprint distance. Connemara Coast gave his career-best last out off of a 7-month layoff. He’s been shelved since but that race figured to be legitimate as two horses came back to improve their figures. Rockin On Bye gets the right pace flow in front of him. The last time he went 7 furlongs was against one of the top sprinters in the nation in A.P. Indian.
Race 10, 5:40 p.m.
Selections: No. 9 Cold Spice, No. 11 Scatastrophe, No. 5 So Quiet
Cold Spice experienced trouble in his first start on the dirt as a gelding. He now revisits the surface and should be forwardly placed with the added distance. Scatastrophe was well beaten in his lone dirt try but against much tougher than what he faces here. So Quiet improved with distance on the turf and looks to transition that effect back to the dirt.
Best bet: Race 8, No. 3 Loveable Lady
Price play: Race 7, No. 4 Charlie Bravo