Stan Salter's best bet and price plays for Friday's race card at Laurel Park. First post time is 1:10 p.m.
Best bet: Race 4, No. 7 Never Stop Looking (2-1)
This classy 8-year-old is back in top form now for the meet’s leading trainer Claudio Gonzalez. He’s an eight-time winner at this track, including his last two in a row, and it looks like he can get a perfect stalking trip from the outside with Katie Davis aboard. He’s beaten some of his rivals in here before and looks to be in a good spot to keep his sharp form for strong connections, who have been teaming up for some nice wins so far this meet.
Price play: Race 7, No. 6 Joy Drive (9-2)
This is a nice upper-level allowance co-feature of the day and I love the price I’m getting on this colt trained by Linda Rice, who is currently winning at a 48 percent clip so far this meet. This 4-year-old son of Quality Road won last time out at this track and I think he’ll get a similar trip stalking from the outside with top rider Horacio Karamanos riding. The barn has excelled with 4-year-olds so far this meet, and I think this guy, who has a win, a second and two thirds from four starts at this track, will continue that trend today and we should be able to get a nice price on him.
Early Pick 5:
Rainbow Pick 6:
Late Pick 4: