Friday comes with 12 racecourses available for wagering at the BetOnline racebook. You can get a free $25.00 wager if you haven’t used that promo bet yet. Along with the free-bet, there is 7% cashback on losing horses. Perhaps my favorite part of BetOnline is their betting limits. They have the highest limits when it comes to horse racing wagering. You can use your free bet today, or maybe want to keep it for the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby tomorrow. That’s the final prep race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. We are only three weeks away from the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. It should be a good one with another Bob Baffert trainee going to be running in the field.
We have a selection for the Maker’s Mark Mile at Keeneland on Friday. Along with the Maker’s Mark Mile, there are two more picks in Lexington on the Keeneland page. We will make a stop at Laurel Park in Maryland on Friday afternoon. Laurel Park has nine races worth a total of $267,000 on Friday. Head below for our free Laurel Park picks for April 9, 2021.
Post Time: 1:51 p.m. EST
In our first look at Laurel Park, we take a look at Race 3 on the main track in Maryland. In this six-horse field, we have Polish Cookie and Memphis Mafia on our shortlist. Polish Cookie has been a consistent runner with three straight outings in the top-3. She has gone 5th, 5th, 5th, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd in six-career events.
Polish Cookie had one of her best performances on March 21. For a $41,712 purse, Polish Cookie placed 2nd behind Gold Finch by a nose. She continues to get better and should run better than the morning-line price of 6/1 indicates. A recent 4-furlong workout indicates good form, with a time of 49.40 seconds. Expect her to be close with Memphis Mafia.
Memphis Mafia made her debut on March 6 and ran well. She placed 2nd as a first-time runner. Memphis Mafia finished 2 ¼ lengths behind Darling’s Cure by 2 ¼ lengths in a $39,039 assignment. She came on nicely late, but just ran out of track. As a sophomore, expect Memphis Mafia to use her first attempt as a springboard on Friday. She is open to improvement and should do well here.
Post Time: 3:40 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 6 is a $15,000 event covering 1 1/16 miles on the main track. This is a field hungry for a win. No one has been running in the best of form, but class drops should help some horses out on Friday afternoon. Earned It and Marylander should have a big say in this race.
Earned It is 7 for 57 in his career, and hasn’t finished in the top-3 since September 24 at Pimlico. He has finished 4th, 4th, 4th, 6th in his previous four attempts. Improvement must be made for Earned It on Friday, but this looks like a good spot to do better.
After finishing 6th on March 30, he’s in a more manageable race on Friday afternoon. He will still have to deal with Marylander who is likely going to put up a tough fight in this race. Marylander is a three-time winner in 14 outings. He won about a year ago in a $33,669 event over Sassy King for an easy 5 length win.
Since then, Marylander has gone 9th, 7th, 7th, 6th, 3rd. In his most recent outing, Marylander showed 3rd for a $15,945 purse. He didn’t have the kick required to overtake that field in the stretch, but there isn’t anything to suggest that Race 6 is going to be more difficult than that entry.
Post Time: 4:13 p.m. EST
Race 7 is a $33,000 event covering a mile on the main track. Armando R and Ratify should have a strong presence in this event. Armando R is looking for his first win, but has been coming close. He’s winless in eight races, but has finished in the top-3 in six of his previous seven races. Armando R most recently placed 2nd behind Youngest of Five by 4 ½ lengths in a $50,000 assignment.
A little more was needed in that race, but he’s dropping down in class to a $33,000 race on Friday. With an easier race in his sights, expect Armando R to come closer this afternoon. He’s placed 2nd in two of his previous three attempts, so Armando R is getting there. Ratify should be tough for Armando R and the rest in this field to beat.
Ratify is winless in 11 races. He’s ran into some bad luck and probably should have had at least one win since November. Ratify has placed 2nd in five straight races. In his most recent, Ratify placed behind Galilean Moon by 3 ¼ lengths in a $40,722 event. Tired of finishing 2nd, he’s sliding down to a $33,000 assignment on Friday. This should be able to get him over the hump and into the winner’s circle.