Dan's Double: Projecting a Hot Pace at Laurel

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Saturday, Dec. 22

Laurel Park, Race 2, 12:56 p.m. ET

#5 Lonely Drifter: Wouldn’t ordinarily land on a horse taking a steep drop out of allowance company to this lower-level claiming spot but it looks like they just took a shot with this filly last out when they probably couldn’t find another logical spot for her. Now, she’s back in claiming ranks where she won back-to-back races by three lengths and 8 ¼ lengths. She’s also a tactical type who has speed but can also relax off the pace. It looks like at least three others in this race (Child’s Play, Polarization, and Madame Tiger) will be sent early. Lonely Drifter is perfectly drawn to sit a nice stalking trip. She’s also 3-for-7 at Laurel and has shown a liking for a wet surface, which she might get on Saturday since there was rain in the forecast heading into the day.

$10 Budget 

$2 win and place on #5 Lonely Drifter ($4)

$1 exacta box 1,5,8 ($6)

$25 Budget 

$4 win, place, and show on #5 Lonely Drifter ($12)

$1 exacta box 1,5,8 ($6)

$1 trifecta box 1,5,8 ($6) 

$50 Budget 

$15 to win, $5 place and show on #5 Lonely Drifter ($25)

$1 exacta box 1,5,8 ($6)

$1 trifecta box 1,5,8 ($6)

$1 trifecta key 5 with 1,6,7,8 ($12)

Laurel Park, Race 5, 2:23 p.m. ET

#4 General Downs: We’re looking at the potential for a very hot pace here too. This is actually a pretty solid field for non-winners of two. It features some horses who’ve had success in restricted stakes company — but this is a different ballgame. The horse we’re going with finished second to $250,000 earner Adulator two races ago. General Downs posted a career-best — and race-best — Equibase and Beyer Speed Figures in that race. Then he came back and finished fourth to next-out winners Tiz He the One and Divine Interventio. As mentioned, the pace should be hot, which will only stand to benefit General Downs. If he’s got one more race in the tank (in what has been a solid, yet winless, campaign in 2018), General Downs should be rolling past the pacesetters late.

$10 Budget

$2 win, place, and show on #4 General Downs ($6)

$1 exacta 4 with 1,5,6,7 ($4)

$25 Budget

$5 win, place, and show on #4 General Downs ($15)

$1 exacta key box 4 with 1,5,6,7 ($8)

$50 Budget

$8 win, place. and show on #4 General Downs ($24)

$4 exacta 4 with 1,5,6,7 ($16)

$1 exacta key box 4 with 1,5,6,7 ($8)

YTD BANKROLL: -$1,155.10

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