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

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

Selections: No. 4 Greatbullsoffire, No. 7 Good Reasoning, No. 8 Caribou Club

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

Greatbullsoffire has fired three consecutive bullet workouts for his debut today for trainer Hammy Smith, who does very well with 2-year-olds.  This son of Bullsbay is out of a Great Notion broodmare who has produced two other horses who both won at 2.  It’s also encouraging to see current leading rider Victor Carrasco take the call on this colt today.  Good Reasoning is by top turf sire Scat Daddy and his dam was a stakes winner at 2 who earned $101K.  Caribou Club’s dam was a multiple graded-stakes winner who earned $394K.

Race 2, 1:57 p.m.

Selections: No. 3 Because He Can, No. 2 Majestic Indeed, No. 4 Turbin

Because He Can kept his sharp recent form for his new trainer Kieron Magee when he ran a winning race only to get robbed at the wire by a neck in his most recent start at this level.  He loves this track and distance and should be very tough today with Kevin Gomez in the saddle.  Majestic Indeed ran a huge third behind my top pick in his last start at 37-1.  We won’t get that price today, but he figures to be right there.  Turbin has talent but is inconsistent.  If he runs his race, he should be able to get a piece of the action.

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Race 3, 2:29 p.m.

Selections: No. 9 Sister Nation, No. 10 Tigerette, No. 6 Lucky in Malibu

Sister Nation is a well-bred 2-year-old daughter of Into Mischief and is trained by Wesley Ward, who wins with 24% of his first-time starters.  This filly’s dam won twice on the synthetic good for $80K in earnings.  Top rider Feargal Lynch should benefit from an outside post on this filly who does have a bunch of nice works posted at Keeneland for her debut today. Tigerette is by top sire Jump Start and her dam did win once on the turf and earned almost $100K. Lucky in Malibu’s dam earned $123K and she has produced a few horses who have won a bunch of money, however.  None of her offspring have won on the turf.

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Race 4, 3:02 p.m.

Selections: No. 8 Triple Burner,  No. 3 Pool Winner, No. 5 A P Elvis

This is a very nice wide-open upper-level Allowance feature of the day to kick off today’s Rainbow Pick 6. Triple Burner is a four-time winner on the turf here at Laurel Park and judging by his most recent win here on July 3, he continues to keep getting better for trainer Linda Albert.  Yomar Ortiz is having a nice Summer Meet so far, and should benefit breaking from the outside today. Pool Winner is the deserved 7-5 morning-line favorite for strong connections.  He could get loose early and be long gone. A P Elvis runs fresh today off a layoff and might benefit from a fast early pace, as he likes to come with a late rally.

Race 5, 3:35 p.m.

Selections: No. 1 Pappa Portmore, No. 3 Stolen Love, No.  5 John Jones

Pappa Portmore has been running decent against better company and he should like the class relief he gets today for trainer Sam Davis.  He also likes this track and is a perfect 3-for-3 at this one-mile distance. Stolen Love has the back class to win this race, but faltered in his most recent try. Last time we saw John Jones here at Laurel Park going one-mile, he won.  His last two races at Pimlico weren’t very good, but I think he’s live today at a nice 6-1 morning-line.

Race 6, 4:08 p.m.

Selections: No. 5 Loyalty Spirit, No. 8 Boppin Anda Weavin, No. 9 Don’t Make Me Cry

Loyalty Spirit ran two big races on the turf for trainer Jamie Ness after he claimed this gelding last April. His last race in the mud here at Laurel Park is a throw out race, and I think he gets back to his top form today with Daniel Centeno up, who wins at a 32% clip for this barn. Boppin Anda Weavin should be the controlling early speed from the outside and has run two solid seconds at this level in his most recent races. Don’t Make Me Cry encountered some traffic problems in the stretch of his last race, but is capable of better for solid connections.

Race 7, 4:41 p.m.

Selections: No. 14 Pocket High, No. 11 Richard’s Gold, No. 9 Drive At Nite

Pocket High has turned in a couple of decent efforts with bug riders and today he gets top rider Trevor McCarthy in the saddle for trainer Robby Bailes. This race came up a bit soft, so if this guy runs his race and gets a good trip, he should be tough to beat. Richard’s Gold has improved in his two most recent races and gets Victor Carrasco to ride today. Drive At Nite has had the dreaded rail for his last three races and should improve today with a better outside post.

Race 8, 5:16 p.m.

Selections: No. 6 Northern Smile, No. 4 Freudie Anne, No. 7 Broken Bridle

Northern Smile ran a nice third last out in the All Brandy behind a couple of very tough horses.  Since then, she has a bullet-work posted up at Fair Hill for trainer Kelly Rubley.  There appears to be enough early speed in here to provide a nice set-up for Hall of Fame Jockey Edgar Prado to make a late rally on this Maryland-bred, who does have a nice record here on the grass at Laurel Park. Freudie Anne woke up last time at Pimlico and just missed going gate to wire at this level.  She is the most dangerous early speed in this spot today. Broken Bridle always runs well on the turf and figures right there today, however.  She has been the beaten favorite at this level in two of her last three races.

Race 9, 5:51 p.m.

Selections: No. 12 Multiflora,  No. 3 Flame of My Heart, No. 1 Mo Fun Lady

Multiflora is cutting back in distance today for trainer Ann Merryman, who does very well with turf runners.  Feargal Lynch stays aboard today and this trainer/jockey combo have a 21 percent win percentage with a positive ROI here at Laurel Park. Flame of My Heart will be in front turning for home but gets a little leg weary in the final strides. Mo Fun Lady ran a solid second at this level two back, but she must overcome breaking from the rail today.

Best bet: Race 8, No. 6 Northern Smile

Day maker: Race 9, No. 12 Multiflora