If you like to play the horse racing board, then Saturday is going to be a good day. There are a lot of racecourses to get to if you want to go wild with your bets. I prefer to narrow my selections down to five or six horses a day. That can be just as profitable as playing 50 and just coming out ahead. If you are looking for a quick payday, then multi-race betting is the way to go. Gulfstream Park is popular for the Pick 5 and Rainbow Pick 6.
As we dig deeper into the winter meet at Gulfstream Park, I will look at some of the Pick 5 and Pick 6 action in Hallandale Beach. My biggest win was at Churchill Downs in May on a Pick 5. The payout equated to a +82500 win thanks to some underdogs. It would take some really terrible picks by me to dig myself a hole with that kind of win. The most frustrating part of that is the fact we were only one spot away from nailing the Pick 6.
We will begin our day at Laurel Park with a couple of selections. Laurel Park has nine races on the card worth a total of $386,000. With two horses on my card in Maryland, let’s make the most of it with two winners. There are a couple of $100,000 stakes races on the agenda at Laurel Park today, and we will get to one of them for later on in the afternoon. Head below for our free Laurel Park picks for December 5, 2020.
Post Time: 12:25 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 1 will get the day started at Laurel Park, and also the day going for us on the racetrack. The first event at Laurel Park covers 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $22,000 purse. There are a couple of horses to pay attention to in this event. Tiz Auction Time and Commissioner Biggs are expected to run close races at the wire in this one. Tiz Auction Time should do better in this race than he did in his first two outings.
He’s appeared in two races in his career, having finished 6th on October 10 in a $41,200 event. Tiz Auction Time didn’t have much to show in that race. He broke slowly and was never involved in the race. In his next outing, Tiz Auction Time raced on November 14 in a $28,292 event and it was more of the same for him. He was down in class, but Tiz Auction Time was still down against the competition. He finished 5th after weakening in the final quarter of the event.
That said, Tiz Auction Time moves even further down in class today and should run closely. However, if this drop in class doesn’t help, then another slide in class could be in order until he finds his sweep spot. He’s coming off a fairly nice workout on November 28, with a recorded time of 49 seconds at 4 furlongs. He will be tested by the No. 5 horse Commissioner Biggs. Commissioner Biggs has finished 5th and 3rd in his career. He was 5th in his debut run on February 13 in a $46,761 event.
Commissioner Biggs moved on to show 3rd on May 31 in a $40,608 assignment. He was the favorite in that race, so it was disappointing. In any case, this race in his return after a layoff should be much easier. He is coming off a 5-furlong workout on November 24, with a recorded time of 1:01.40. Expect Commissioner Biggs to be too much to handle for the rest in this field to handle. Tiz Auction Time might be able to hang for a while, but should fade.
Race 8 – Maryland Juvenile Futurity
Post Time: 3:53 p.m. EST
Distance: 7 Furlongs
Race 8 is a co-feature event at Laurel Park on Saturday. This running of the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity is one of $100,000 races at Laurel Park today. Alwaysinahurry and Jaxon Traveler are the most likely candidates to hit paydirt. Alwaysinahurry has finished in the top-3 in six of seven entries in his career. In his last four, Alwaysinahurry has finished in the top-2 in all of them.
In the biggest outing of his career, he placed 2nd behind Kenny Had a Notion in the $101,960 Maryland Million Nursery Stakes (Black Type). Alwaysinahurry came back out to the track on November 7 to win for the second time in his career. He is 2 for 7 in his career, and looking for another tonight. In that win, Alwaysinahurry defeated Tate by a neck in a $53,508 event. Now Alwaysinahurry is back up in class and stakes racing for the second time in his career.
Jaxon Traveler is a repeat winner to open his career. In two career races, Jaxon Traveler has won both outings. He made his first outing on September 25 at Pimlico and ran a really solid race. Jaxon Traveler was good for the win, as he blew out Lugarno by 10 lengths for a $54,440 purse. While Alwaysinahurry needed a neck to win his race in the same class, Jaxon Traveler excelled in that company.
In his next and most recent performance, Jaxon Traveler beat Sir Wellington by 4 lengths in another comfortable win on October 23 in a $50,442 event. Purchased for $140,000 in April, Jaxon Traveler is expected to win those races easily. He will be making his stakes debut on Saturday at Laurel Park and stands a good chance of earning the top prize.