Dan's Double: Looking for a Laurel Park Score

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Saturday, Jan. 11

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

#9 Going to the Lead: This horse’s name says it all. He’s the type who is always sent to the lead, right out of the gate. In several of his recent starts he’s faced other horses with speed and he’s had to contest the pace. On Saturday, he’s drawn the widest post of all and there doesn’t appear to be a logical contender who’ll force him to go too fast early. He’s finished first or second in all five of his dirt tries at Laurel and he’s show ability at this level. Going to the Lead could be pretty tough in this spot, especially if he goes slowly enough early.

$10 Budget

$5 win and place on #9 Going to the Lead ($10)

$25 Budget

$6 win and place on #9 Going to the Lead ($12)

$1 exacta box 1,4,9 ($6)

$1 trifecta box 1,4,9 ($6)

$50 Budget

$15 win and place on #9 Going to the Lead ($30)

$1 exacta box 1,4,9 ($6)

$1 trifecta box 1,4,9 ($6)

$1 exacta 9 with all ($8)

Laurel Park, Race 6, 2:51 p.m. ET 

#6 Grace Isabella: Here’s hoping we can catch a nice price with this mare who has been around this circuit for years. Her trainer, Robin Graham, isn’t usually overly aggressive in where she places her horses so I interpret it as a good sign that Grace Isabella is moving up into this open allowance level off of a restricted win last out. The other thing I like here is that, unlike the first half of Dan’s Double, this race projects to feature a lot of early pace; #2 Firth, #5 Blue Eyed Girl, and #9 My Star Potential are all horses who usually gun it out of the gate. Given that sort of setup, the late-moving Grace Isabella, under the patient handling of Forest Boyce, should be able to roll past some of these late. If things work out just right, she’ll pass them all.

$10 Budget

$2 win, place and show on #6 Grace Isabella ($6)

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

$25 Budget

$4 win, place and show on #6 Grace Isabella ($12)

$1 exacta box 1,4,5,6 ($12)

$50 Budget

$10 to win, $12 to place and $16 to show on #6 Grace Isabella ($38)

$1 exacta box 1,4,5,6 ($12)

Last Week’s Earnings: $95

2019 Earnings: $7,619.70

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