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LAUREL PARK LIVE-AUG 20

If there’s one variable that’s readily apparent in Thursday’s featured allowance sprint at Laurel Park is that there’s no shortage of early speed signed on.

Seven have been entered and five have done their best work on or on top of the early splits. Coming from shorter sprints into the always demanding 7 furlongs at this venue, Eastern Bay (3-1), 2-for-2 since Gonzalez’ claim, looms the speed of the speed.

Laki (8-5) always seems to show up, as his (25) 9-4-5 attests, and is a deserving favorite and most likely winner at a short price. Still, there is another worth considering. Arch Cat (6-1), a mid-Atlantic nomad, has found his way back to Maryland in top form.

Winless at this trip in three starts, he is a dual winner at 6-1/2 furlongs, a similar dynamic, and was a strong-rally second in the listed Dave’s Friend here DEC 28, so the surface is not at issue.

The most important dynamic is his late-running style in a match of speed and he’s tactical enough to place himself well from his outside draw in a short field.

Taking Arch Cat to win at 4-1 or more, key-boxing exactas with Laki and Cordmaker (6-1), who might finally wake up with switch to X-Man Perez. Also using 7F specialist Carlos L (8-1) in the super-exotic mix.

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4 Responses

  1. Took a look at the race you selected and you can relax as I have landed on Threes Over Deuces (full house, right?) The race is the third off of a layoff (heard that before, right?) and the two races in January were fast; the jock is Rosales, a comer; the trainer is Capuano, well respected; and the plater has finished ahead of Arch Cat. If Deuces duplicates those Jan efforts, s/be right there at the finish line.

  2. Can’t disagree strongly; tricky field that could have gone several different way. Just hoping my guy can get the earlier jump. May you have a safe and speedy journey.

  3. Wow! Nice pick! Exacta too! Hope you bet the race. Don’t think my plater has crossed the finish line yet. Post time will probably be delayed for the next race.

    Psst: Got twenty? Could use it.

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