Dan's Double: Betting Against Speed at Laurel Park

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Each week, Tordjman will provide readers with his two best bets of the weekend and strategies for how to bet them. Good luck!

Saturday, Dec. 14

Laurel Park, Race 5, 2:18 p.m. ET

#4 Caladan: There’s a whole lot of speed signed up for this one and that should play right into the hands of jockey Feargal Lynch aboard Caladan. This horse relaxed just off a slow pace and an uncontested leader last out and was only able to get up for third against several returning rivals. He also covered more ground than the others in that race. If you go back three races, Caladan nearly won at this level (he lost by a nose). That was the last time he raced without blinkers and his next two races were on the turf. On Saturday, the blinkers come back off as he tries for a second straight strong effort on his preferred surface.

$10 Budget

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

$1 exacta 3,4 with 3,4,10 ($4)

$25 Budget

$4 win, place and show on #4 Caladan ($12)

$1 exacta box 3,4,10 ($6)

$1 trifecta box 3,4,10 ($6)

$50 Budget

$19 to win, $5 to place and show on #4 Caladan ($29)

$1 exacta box 3,4,10 ($6)

$1 exacta 4 with all ($9)

$1 trifecta box 3,4,10 ($6)

Laurel Park, Race 7, 3:20 p.m. ET 

#4 Lunar Rille: This is another race that should feature at least two, potentially three, speed horses who’ll vie for the early pace and set things up for a closer. Lunar Rille fits the profile and figures to improve in her second race off a layoff with some class relief for the leading barn at the meet. When last seen at this level on the dirt this filly ran a strong second. Jockey Victor Rosales jumps aboard for the first time. He’s winning on more than 40% of his mounts for trainer Claudio Gonzalez at Laurel.

$10 Budget

$5 win and place on #4 Lunar Rille ($10)

$25 Budget

$5 win and place on #4 Lunar Rille ($10)

$1 exacta key 4 with all ($7)

$4 exacta box 1,4 ($8)

$50 Budget

$10 win and place on #4 Lunar Rille ($20)

$1 exacta key 4 with all ($7)

$5 exacta box 1,4 ($10)

$1 trifecta 1,4 with 1,4 with all ($12)

Last Week’s Earnings: $0

Year-to-Date Earnings: $7,077.70

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