Stan Salter's analysis and betting tips for Friday's race card at Laurel Park:
Race 1, 3:40 p.m post time
Selections: No. 8 Pax Orbis, No. 1a Habanero Gold, No. 6 My Jersey Boy
Pax Orbis is getting a class relief today and is making his first start for trainer Phil Schoenthal. He was last running down at Gulfstream last February and he earned a 78 Beyer when he won there in the slop in early January. He is 6-for-6 in the money here at Laurel
Park with two wins. Top rider Feargal Lynch takes the call and should be able to get a nice trip stalking from the outside. Habanero Gold is a two-time winner at Laurel Park, but is also coming off a layoff. My Jersey Boy was a sharp winner last out going longer but is cutting back in distance today.
Race 2, 4:09 p.m.
Selections: No. 6 Bronze Bull, No. 1 Just Been Jammin, No. 3 Gin Fuzz
Bronze Bull ran his career-best last out when he overcame all kinds of trouble to still finish second at this level. Since then, trainer Cal Lynch has freshened him a bit and there are three nice works showing up on the work tab, including a bullet work. There is enough other early speed in here to allow jockey Trevor McCarthy to get a stalking trip. Also, McCarthy is 24 percent when riding for this barn. Just Been Jammin set the pace last time out and just missed at this level. Gin Fuzz has been running okay against better and is capable of showing up in this spot today.
Race 3, 4:38 p.m.
Selections: No. 5 Rider On the Storm, No. 3 Djulpan, No. 1 Speightshill
Rider On the Storm is out of multiple-stakes winner Your Flame in Me, who won three stakes races good for $206K in earnings. I like how trainer Mike Trombetta shipped him down to Laurel to give him a couple of works following a bunch of solid works at Fair Hill. Luis Garcia rides this 3-year-old son of Lonhro (Aus) today. Djulpan was bet down to 2-1 in his debut against MSW company at Delaware and he ran a decent third. I expect another strong effort from him today. Speightshill was a game second last out and he takes a slight step up in class today.
Race 4, 5:09 p.m.
Selections: No. 5 Not Tonight Berta, No. 6 Ring of Truth (GB), No. 4 Sippy Cup
Best wagering opportunity of the day starts in Race 4 with the Rainbow Pick 6, which has a carryover today just shy of $16,000. Not Tonight Berta runs fresh today for leading trainer Tim Keefe, who has a positive ROI when running horses coming off a short break. Her race two back at this level was very sharp and an effort like that today can put her right there in
the mix. Angel Cruz, who is 29 percent for this barn, rides this filly again today. Ring of Truth was the beaten favorite last out at this level, but she did run well and will be tough to beat once again today. Sippy Cup was a good second on the turf at Pimlico against maidens last May and offers great value at 12-1 today.
Race 5, 5:40 p.m.
Selections: No. 3 Chips Included, No. 2 Glory Unbound, No. 5 Bravo Wilko
Chips Included made a big improvement last out in her second start when she finished second to a filly who just came back to win a stakes race at Delaware. Also Hailey's Flip, who finished behind Chips Included last out, just came back to win a Maiden Claiming $40,000. Trainer John Salzman, Jr. gives my top pick a slight class relief today and it's good to see Angel Serpa back on her again today. Glory Unbound is by top sire Jump Start and has some nice works for her debut today. Bravo Wilko didn't do much in her debut, but takes a drop and gets first-time Lasix today.
Race 6, 6:11 p.m.
Selections: No. 6 Hollywood Ice, No. 4 Real Estate Rich, No. 7 Peppermint Prince
Hollywood Ice is a classy 9-year-old who has 15 wins good for $277K in earnings. He just missed against tougher company last out after having to go wide. Trainer Gerald Brooks gives him a slight class relief today and Trevor McCarthy will ride again. Real Estate Rich was the beaten fav last out at this level and should be right there again today to get a piece of
it. Peppermint Prince weakened last out going seven furlongs to finish third, but should like today's distance better.
Race 7, 6:42 p.m.
Selections: No. 1 Ringold, No. 5 Intrepid Citizen, No. 3 Young Dude
Ringold had to rally six-wide last out and just missed at this level. Daniel Centeno should be able to save all the ground today breaking from the rail for trainer Jamie Ness. Intrepid Citizen won at this level two back, but faltered in his most recent start against better. Young
Dude came from way back last out to finish a sharp second at this level.
Race 8, 7:12 p.m.
Selections: No. 3 Boheme de Lavi, No. 8 Cursive, No. 5 Everlasting Secret
Boheme de Lavi is proven at this level, which was evident in her last start when she rallied from just off the pace to win at Penn National. Trainer Aparna Battula puts her right back in the same condition to get the money again with Daniel Centeno up. Cursive ran like a wild horse last time and came running over top of horses to get the win. Everlasting Secret was a sharp second to Cursive last out.
Race 9, 7:41 p.m.
Selections: No. 10 Elusive Joni, No. 9 Glad Your Back, No. 4 Southern Peach
Elusive Joni had a sharp win three back against MSW company at Pimlico and has been knocking on the door at this level in her two most recent races. Last out, she ran a winning race only to finish second to a potential freak. Trevor McCarthy was aboard for the win at
Pimlico and gets back aboard today for trainer Gary Capuano. Glad Your Back had a strong win against MSW company last out at Parx and must face winners for the first time today. If there is a fast early pace, Southern Peach will benefit and rally to get a piece of the action.
Best bet: Race 6, No. 6 Hollywood Ice (9-5)
Day maker: Not Tonight Berta (6-1)
Play of the day
Race 4, Rainbow pick 6 starts here
Today's carryover is $15,951
4th: 4, 5, 6
5th: 2, 3
7th: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11
8th: 3, 8
9th: 4, 9, 10