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Sprint races at Laurel Park as a rule and hard to decipher; Saturday’s featured Fire Plug at 6-1/2 furlongs fall neatly into that category. Half of the eight entrants can win this and I’m probably being a bit conservative.

The LAY-2 returnee Still Having Fun (4-1) is clearly the class and a graded stakes winner in NY, his most recent over the track was very good and he came back to out-work this field subsequently. This might not be his ultimate winter goal but he will improve here.

Linda Rice’s Tiz He the One (7-2) just might be as the tepid early line choice, is certainly working very well for this at his New York and has won five of six over the local surface. But it’s a sharp, battle-tested group he meets returning from a 112-day absence.

And who doesn’t like surface loving, key-race exiting Brother Chub (6-1) but who wouldn’t love Arch Cat (4-1) the best of all? With a lifetime (32) 11-3-10 slate, he owns the best percentage record of the field, is 3-for-5 at this tricky hybrid distance and has won twice in the wet (snow predicted for midday). Want more?

Victor Carrasco is en fuego and Danny Velasquez had a profitable 2019 which thus far has carried over into the new season. He finished second last out in his Laurel debut, an encouraging sign, angling out in midstretch to finish strongly for place. Check the Laurel Park Live video from DEC 28, RACE 3.

We’ll wager to win if anything close to early line odds are available and we’ll key-box multiples with those mentioned above. With the prestigious Gen George on the horizon, it’s not a bad idea to go to school on this event.

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