Analysis and betting tips for Friday's race card at Laurel Park

Gabby Gaudet's betting tips and best bets for Friday's race card at Laurel Park:

Race 1, 12:30 p.m. post time (note new time)


Selections:  No. 3 So Quiet, No. 4 Dawn of Time, No. 1 Middle English

So Quiet stays at two turns, but hops over to the main track today for a barn that is 50 percent (3-6, $4.16 ROI) with maiden claimers going from turf to dirt. Dawn of Time is the one to beat while getting a class relief from maiden claimers at the Spa. Middle English might've preferred the longer stretch-run to the second wire finish last out, a little more than today's distance.


Race 2, 1 p.m.

Selections: No. 1 Outfielder, No. 4 Royal Almighty, No. 6 Cue

It took a while for Outfielder to break his maiden but once he did, the lightbulb clicked immediately next out. Like the move back to dirt. Royal Almighty is in the right spot but the barn has yet to find the winner's circle this meet – will wait and see at 4-5 odds. Cue prefers turf but his speed at this level could be dangerous.

Race 3, 1:30 p.m.

Selections: No. 11 Grecian Prince, No. 4 Momma's Mark, No. 12 Straightaway

Grecian Prince goes back to turf today, a surface that he tried only once prior and that race doesn't seem like a fair gauge given the pace and the conditions of the course. Hugh McMahon barn is also red hot right now. Momma's Mark has been capable of showing speed in the past. I hope he can get in the game early on the turn back and we could see a more potent late kick. Straightaway drops to the right level but he hasn't been showing much follow-through lately.

Race 4, 2 p.m.

Selections: No. 6 The Great Provider, No. 10 Norm by a Nose, No. 8 Midnight Dance

The Great Provider has been awfully close in this condition in the past. Just needs to work out the right trip – and he meets a more manageable field today. Norm by a Nose will be able to pressure the pace with an advantageous outside post. Midnight Dance will be a short price for a barn that is 0-8 with turf sprinters the past few years, but I will use protectively.

Race 5, 2:30 p.m.

Selections: No. 1 Dorothyfromdublin, No. 12 Compelled, No. 11 Lucky in Malibu

Dorothyfromdublin went the flat mile in her first career start and her success was thwarted by trouble into the first turn and throughout the stretch. Think we haven't seen her best yet. Compelled comes out of a strong performance at Belmont where several behind her went on to have success next out. A must-use but does have to work out a trip from the outermost post. Lucky in Malibu looks like she'll improve stretching back out to two-turns.


Race 6, 3 p.m.

Selections: No. 5 Cho Time, No. 2 The Pulse, No. 6 Classic Wildcat

Cho Time cuts back to a distance where he's a five-time winner off of an encouraging effort at 7 furlongs last out. Has enough natural speed to sit a good trip. The Pulse looks to be the speed and the turf to dirt move worked out well last time. Classic Wildcat generally runs better numbers on a fast track, so has room to improve off his last effort – will need to.

Race 7, 3:30 p.m.

Selections: No. 11 Map Room, No. 3 Runninginthevale, No. 5  Swellelegent

Map Room didn't have enough breathing room for a confident run when bottled up on the inside during the stretch-run last out – worth another look. Runningthevale will be the speed. He tried to steal the Bert Allen last time out with that strategy and may revert back to it again today. Swellelegent hasn't won since May but many of his races in the meantime have been darkened by unfortunate trips. Can he luck out today?

Race 8, 4 p.m.

Selections: No. 12 Take Cover, No. 3 Rapid Dan, No. 8 Triple Burner

Take Cover beat an easy allowance field last time at Laurel, but he proved to be no fluke when he pulled the slight upset over Ben's Cat in the PA Governor's Cup. His last race is forgivable given the conditions of the turf. Rapid Dan is capable of some plucky performances but it's been over a year now since he's won and he needs to prove he still knows how to win. Quick turn-around for Triple Burner but if he can get back to the speed he showed in July he could have a tactical edge.

Race 9, 4:30 p.m.

Selections: No. 9 Thissongosaboutyou, No. 5 Vizi Girl, No. 6  Whirlybird

Thissongisaboutyou faced some heavy hitters in her lone turf try and it doesn't look like 1 1/16 miles is her best distance. Like the distance in her second turf attempt. Vizi Girl will try a one-turn distance for the first time, and given her speed/fade habits going longer, this looks like a better spot. Whirlybird may be vulnerable at a short price.

Best bet: Race 7, No. 11 Map Room

Price play: Race 5, No. 1 Dorothyfromdublin

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