Maryland Millions: Saturday Laurel Park Analysis, Selections

Chris Adams

Arguably one of the biggest days in Maryland racing happens this Saturday. Laurel Park has a 12 race card. All 12 are stakes including the Maryland Million Classic.

Laurel Park- Race 1

Post: 11:30 AM ET; $50k Maryland Million Turf Starter H. going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 15

  • #12 SAMUI SUNSET (7-2) gets the top selection. This one looks to be the class of the field.
  • #6 PRETTY GOOD YEAR (4-1) could be in with a shot in this race. He goes out for the Pino barn and gets Lopez in the irons. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #7 HE'S A SHOOTER (8-1) seems to fit well enough here.
  • #4 BELTWAY BOB (12-1) is a price horse and makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 12- 6 – 7 – 4

Laurel Park- Race 2

Post: 12:04 PM ET; $40k Maryland Million Starter H. going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 14

  • #6 THE WOLFMAN (7-2) is the top pick. He is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race. He is likely to be there at the end.
  • #1 COMMANDING GENERAL (9-2) should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #7 TAUBER (8-1) looks to be the class of the field. This one will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.
  • #5 NO MORE TALK (6-1) may benefit from a hot pace up front.

Selections: 6 – 1 – 7 – 5

Laurel Park- Race 3

Post: 12:39 PM ET; $100k Maryland Million Turf Sprint S. going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf; Entries: 13

  • #10 JUSTWAVEANDSMILE (4-1) looks best here. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #5 GRATEFUL BRED (3-5) should be competitive in this spot. He has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #9 CAN THE QUEEN (5-2) has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #2 SKY'S NOT FALLING (9-2) feels like a fringe contender in this spot. He projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.

Selections: 10- 5 – 9 – 2

Laurel Park- Race 4

Post: 1:13 PM ET; $100k Maryland Million Nursery S. going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 14

  • #4 HELDISH (4-1) gets the top selection. He will likely be out on or near the lead and will look to hold off the charge to the wire.
  • #7 JOHNYZ FROM ALBANY (7-2) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #9 LOST WEEKEND (3-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #3 PAYMENGOLD (15-1) is a solid price and should be part of the early pace in this spot.

Selections: 4 – 7 – 9 – 3

Laurel Park- Race 5

Post: 1:47 PM ET; $40k Maryland Million Distaff Starter H. going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 16

  • #6 BETCHA BY GOLLY (6-1) is the top pick. She may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #3 MAVILUS (4-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #10 DULCE KIARA (15-1) is a price horse and could get the right setup in this race.
  • #7 UNREQUITED LOVE (8-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Magee and Rodriguez. This one makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 6 – 3 – 10- 7

Laurel Park- Race 6

Post: 2:20 PM ET; $125k Maryland Million Ladies S. going 1 1/8 miles on turf; Entries: 11

  • #2 MALDIVES MODEL (5-2) looks best here. She shouldn't have trouble with the 1 1/8 mile distance.
  • #1 MY THOUGHTS (6-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one makes sense on speed figures.
  • #7 COCONUT CAKE (2-1) looks to be the class of the field. This one will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #5 AMPLIO ESQUEMA (8-1) will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.

Selections: 2 – 1 – 7 – 5

Laurel Park- Race 7

Post: 2:53 PM ET; $100k Maryland Million Distaff S. going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 11

  • #2 MALIBU BEAUTY (5-2) gets the top selection. She looks to be the class of the field.
  • #11 EDIE MEENY MINY MO (2-1) comes into the race in really good form. This one shouldn't have trouble with the 7 furlong distance.
  • #1 FILLE D'ESPRIT (8-5) could get the right setup in this race. This one will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #6 WICKED HOT (5-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.

Selections: 2 – 11- 1 – 6

Laurel Park- Race 8

Post: 3:25 PM ET; $100k Maryland Million Lassie S. going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 16

  • #6 CHICKIENESS (2-1) is the top pick. She has races good enough to beat this group. This one has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #3 SKYLAR'S SISTER (15-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Capuano and Barbosa. This one will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.
  • #11 BLOME (12-1)is a price and has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #4 BOSSERATI (10-1) should be part of the early pace in this spot. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of Russell and Russell.

Selections: 6 – 3 – 11- 4

Laurel Park- Race 9

Post: 3:56 PM ET; $125k Maryland Million Turf S. going 1 1/8 miles on turf; Entries: 16

  • #7 MIDNIGHT HAULER (7-2) looks best here. He comes into the race in really good form. This one may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #8 CANNON'S ROAR (4-1) should be competitive in this spot. He seems to fit well enough here.
  • #3 MR. D'ANGELO (20-1) will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #15 MEGAYACHT (5-1) isn't without hope. He looks to be the class of the field.

Selections: 7 – 8 – 3 – 15

Laurel Park- Race 10

Post: 4:28 PM ET; $100k Maryland Million Sprint S. going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 16

  • #11 FORTHELUVOFBOURBON (8-5) gets the top selection. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #2 REDEEM EDDIE (10-1) will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #5 GOING TO THE LEAD (15-1) feels like the type that will outrun the odds for the gimmicks.
  • #6 TREASURE TRADITION (20-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one seems to fit well enough here.

Selections: 11- 2 – 5 – 6

Laurel Park- Race 11

Post: 5:00 PM ET; $150k Maryland Million Classic S. going 1 1/8 miles on dirt; Entries: 13

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  • #3 DOUBLE CROWN (9-2) appears to be a major player in this race. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one classes up well.
  • #12 CORDMAKER (7-5)is another solid choice. He has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #4 TORCH OF TRUTH (10-1) will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #11 MONDAY MORNING QB (15-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 3 – 12- 4 – 11

Laurel Park- Race 12

Post: 5:30 PM ET; $50k Maryland Million Turf Distaff Starter H. going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 16

  • #3 DOWNTOWN KATIE (7-2) looks best here. She has the top overall power rating in the group. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #7 BRUSHING (6-1) has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #4 MOSLER'S IMAGE (4-1) makes sense on speed figures.
  • #8 FOXTROT SEVILLE (15-1) is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.

Selections: 3 – 7 – 4 – 8

Chris Adams
Chris Adams

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.