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

Race 1, 1:25 p.m. post time

Selections:  No. 2 Ringold, No. 5 I’m Da Big Man, No. 7 Compliance Officer

Stan Salter’s analysis and betting tips for Sunday’s race card at Laurel Park:

I’m going to give Ringold a mulligan for his last race at Pimlico, as his four races prior were all very sharp and I think he gets back in top form today dropping to this level for trainer Jamie Ness. There doesn’t appear to be much early speed in here, so hopefully jockey Jevian Toledo won’t have to be so far back on this deep closer who has three wins on the grass good for almost $100K in earnings. I’m Da Big Man is another deep closer who woke up last time and should continue to improve today making his third start off a layoff. Compliance Officer is a 14-time winner on the grass, but his two races so far this year have just been average and he is taking a drop in class today.

Race 2, 1:57 p.m.

Selections:  No. 6 Sabbiadoro, No. 5 Rafidain, No. 1 Louis the Great

Sabbiadoro’s last three races have all been very sharp going longer, and I love the cutback in distance today to seven furlongs.  He’s been in the money four of five tries at Laurel Park, and I think today he’ll find the winner’s circle here for the first time to get his third lifetime win for trainer Phil Schoenthal. Top rider Jevian Toledo has won on him and takes the call again today. Rafidain is a closing sprinter who has won his last two races and should love the distance today. Louis the Great has early speed and will have to use it breaking from the rail today.

Homeboykris died of heart attack on Preakness Day, had high level of anti-inflammatory drug, necropsy shows

Homeboykris died of heart attack on Preakness Day, had high level of anti-inflammatory drug, necropsy shows Childs Walker Veterinarians say elevated medication level likely did not contribute to horse’s death. Veterinarians say elevated medication level likely did not contribute to horse’s death. (Childs Walker)

Race 3, 2:29 p.m.

Selections:  No. 7 Cruise More, No. 6 Barney Rebel (Ire), No. 4 Intrepid Citizen

Very nice Starter Allowance Race going long on the turf here with a bunch of well accomplished older classy horses.  Cruise More won two in a row at this level at Pimlico and is dropping back down to this level after running against better company in his most recent start. Trainer Dale Capuano has done a nice job with this turf veteran who has six wins on the grass good for $205K in earnings.  Jevian Toledo has ridden this Maryland-bred to victory four times and takes the call again today. Barney Rebel is pretty consistent and ran two sharp seconds to my top pick at Pimlico, and should be right there once again today. Intrepid Citizen is in sharp form right now and will be a factor to deal with in the final strides.

Investigations into horses' deaths ongoing

Caption Investigations into horses’ deaths ongoing

Sal Sinatra, general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club talks about the protocol when a horse dies after a race and the ongoing urine testing afterward. (Baltimore Sun video)

Sal Sinatra, general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club talks about the protocol when a horse dies after a race and the ongoing urine testing afterward. (Baltimore Sun video)

Fetty Wap performing at Preakness

Caption Fetty Wap performing at Preakness

Rapper Fetty Wap performed on the main stage during Infield Fest at Pimlico Race Course. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Rapper Fetty Wap performed on the main stage during Infield Fest at Pimlico Race Course. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Race 4, 3:02 p.m.

Selections: No. 2 Ring Knocker, No.  4 Southern Girl, No. 7 Nairet

Ring Knocker is a well-bred filly who is rounding into top form for the new barn of trainer Tony Dutrow. Her last win at Delaware Park was good enough to win this race today and journeyman Alex Cintron is up. Southern Girl is by Tapit, so the sky’s the limit for this filly who is making her first start this year after winning her debut last September at Delaware and finishing third in an Allowance Race at Keeneland last fall. Nairet ran a sharp second two back at Pimlico on the dirt and is switching back to the dirt today following a turf try in her most recent start.

Race 5, 3:35 p.m.

Selections: No. 7. Purnata, No. 1 Dancing Lucy, No. 5 Louise the Laser

Purnata cuts back in distance today for trainer Kieron Magee, who wins at a 31 percent clip with that move. She’s been showing speed going longer, but I think she gets a nice trip stalking from the outside today with Feargal Lynch in the saddle. Dancing Lucy was very impressive in her last start coming off the layoff for the new barn when she won gate to wire sprinting on the turf. Louise the Laser was sharp in victory in her last start and runs today first off the claim for Magee.

Race 6, 4:08 p.m.

Selections: No. 7 So Quiet, No. 12 Patriot Saint, No. 11 Thunders Fury

So Quiet made a big improvement last time when trainer Rodney Jenkins put blinkers on him for the first time. I think if he takes another step forward today, he can get the job done with Angel Cruz aboard. Patriot Saint was running well last Spring and had some traffic problems in his most recent race, which was coming off a two-month freshening.  He should improve today with Victor Carrasco up. Thunders Fury ran some decent races going long on the turf last year and is making his third start today following a long layoff.

Race 7, 4:41 p.m.

Selections: No. 8 Blu Moon Ace, No. 1 Struth, No. 4 Gursky

Blu Moon Ace is bred to be a real nice runner and he hasn’t disappointed yet, winning two of his first four races for trainer Larry Murray. In his last race he crushed a first-level Allowance field by almost seven lengths and I think he continues to impress today as he steps up the Allowance ranks. Jockey Jevian Toledo should be able to get a nice outside stalking trip and be in great position when they turn for home. Struth came back off a very long layoff to win impressively at Pimlico and just missed at this level last time to a sharp winner. Gursky has been in top form for the new barn since last November and comes into today’s race following a sharp win last out here at Laurel Park.

Race 8, 5:16 p.m.

Selections: No. 8 Elusive Joni, No. 4 Summer Frock,  No. 3 Coastal Sea

Elusive Joni had a sharp win against MSW company at Pimlico coming off the layoff for trainer Gary Capuano and just missed at this level last out at Delaware after having some traffic problems. Great to see leading rider Victor Carrasco hop aboard her for the first time today. Summer Frock was the beaten favorite at this level last time, but still ran a game second and should be right there again today. Coastal Sea was a very impressive debut winner here at Laurel Park on July 2, and the place horse just came back to win a MSW race on Friday.

Race 9, 5:51 p.m.

Selections: No. 7 Ring of Truth (GB), No. 8 Access to the Moon, No. 3 Porte Cochere

Ring of Truth had to come six-wide in her last start and still ran a very good second to a sharp winner. Any kind of effort like that today for trainer Niall Saville, and she will be tough to beat with Horacio Karamanos in the saddle. Access to the Moon closed for third last out behind my top pick and will be running late again today to get a piece of it. Porte Cochere was a sharp maiden winner last out and runs today first off the claim for trainer Kieron Magee.

Best bet: Race 2, No. 6 Sabbiadoro (8-5)

Day maker: Race 6, No. 7 So Quiet (5-1)