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

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

Race 1, 1:10 p.m. post time


Selections: No. 1 Money Tree, No. 5 Classic Wildcat, No. 6 Fairy Cat

Money Tree comes out of mediocre races at Timonium and Penn National but is intriguing for an improved trainer off the claim. Classic Wildcat is an old war horse looking to get his 21st career win and is dangerous against this level. Fairy Cat looks to buck the 0-8 trend at the Laurel oval but it well spotted here.

Race 2, 1:40 p.m.

Selections: No. 5 Maggie Wag, No. 4 Delightfulstorm, No. 7 Wiredancer

Maggie Wag was uninspiring off the claim last out and considering the strength of that field, I think it's more a lateral move here, but what she does have that many don't in the field is experience against winners. Delightfulstorm has found success since switching to dirt and gained confidence on the lead last out. Not sure if she'll get the same setup today. Wiredancer hopes to repeat but the Potts barn only 10 percent  (3-30, $1.04 ROI) with maiden winners last out repeating.

Race 3, 2:10 p.m.

Selections: No. 9 Triple Black Jack, No. 1 Monte Man, No. 3  Charlie's Darlin

Triple Black Jack takes a big drop from maiden special weight competition and figures to be in a controlling position with outside speed. Monte Man had significant trouble when stumbling from the gate last out. Took a few strides for him to recover and rallied late – if it's a wet track, move him up even more. Charlie's Darlin drops as well but hasn't been seen since may and looks a bit pace dependent.

Race 4, 2:40 p.m.

Selections: No. 6 Rapid Rouge, No. 4 Joe Tess, No. 2 Twelve Stone

Rapid Rouge sits atop an underwheliming performance last out as the beaten favorite in a 4-horse field, but I don't think he necessarily needs the lead (where he was positioned last out). He figures to stalk as there are other speed-types in here that he's not faster than. One of them being Joe Tess who figures to be the fastest and the one to beat given his back class. Twelve Stone has been competitive at this level in the past and will be hoping for someone to soften up the favorite on the lead.

Race 5, 3:10 p.m.

Selections: No. 7 Gimme Kimmy, No. 2 Dream Your Dreams, No. 6 Sarah's Treasure

Gimme Kimmy debuts for a barn that does well with maidens and is a half-sister to stakes winner Eyeplayeveryday. Dream Your Dreams is a nicely-bred filly by Tapit and is a half-sister to G1 winner and sire Frost Giant. Was well bet in her first start but hopes dirt is a more preferred surface. Sarah's Treasure is improving with every start and looks like she'll prefer the cutback in distance for her late, closing move.


Race 6, 3:40 p.m.

Selections: No. 6 Slide by You, No. 7 Boon Companion, No. 5  Twisted Earl

Slide By You will have to run his best to beat these foes but does love a track with moisture in it and will relish the, what figures to be, hot pace. Boon Companion drops to the lowest level yet, but his lone dirt win was on the lead and he doesn't look like the fastest early here. Twisted Earl reunites with Glaser, a rider who had a nice rapport with this horse earlier this year.

Race 7, 4:10 p.m.

Selections: No. 3 Big Joe Candy, No. 9 Steel Sky, No. 6 Supah Czech

Big Joe Candy turned the tables on Supah Czech two starts back, and unfortunately didn't get out of the gate well last out. Not holding that performance against him and he looks to be a bigger price of the two. Steel Sky is out of a mare that was a three-time winner on the dirt. It's been a while since he's seen the main track but was capable of running competitive comparable to today's field.

Race 8, 4:40 p.m.

Selections: No. 3 Tru Greek, No. 5 Just Jack, No. 6  Whatsthequestion

Whatsthequestion looks like the most legitimate foe coming from out of town but the main concern is his inability to duplicate his races in Pennsylvania outside of Pennsylvania. Will look to beat him with Tru Greek who was taken back early after being pinched at the break last out. His other recent dirt race was against one of the top MD-bred right now. Just Jack really has been a gem of consistency and his last race was excusable given the strength of the field. Can he stretch his speed to two-turns on the dirt for the first time?

Race 9, 5:10 p.m.

Selections: No. 6 Class Terms, No. 8 My Adeline, No. 2 Northern Prancer

In Class Terms' lone dirt try, he was sandwiched from both sides leaving the gate and caught in a tricky inside position – that too was off a sizeable layoff. Giving her another chance. My Adeline drops and figures to be part of the speed – the one to beat. Northern Prancer sits atop two questionable performances but if she runs back to her races earlier this year she looks to be a useable fringe player.

Best bet: Race 7, No. 3 Big Joe Candy

Price play: Race 5, No. 7 Gimme Kimmy