Saturday was a good day, but it could have been great if Princess Noor didn’t pull up in the stretch. After entering the stretch with a comfortable lead, Princess Noor was stopped and exited the Starlet Stakes (Gr. 1). It was a bad break for Princess Noor, and bad break for us because she was on her way to a win. If she didn’t get injured, it’s likely she pulls away even more for an easy win. That prevented a perfect four of four day between Laurel Park and Los Alamitos. Laurel Park was a two-horse sweep, while we took a split at Los Alamitos because of the Princess Noor loss. Princess Noor was the right side, but bad luck can be part of gambling.
The good news is that it doesn’t appear that the injury is serious for Princess Noor. No structural damage was done to the bone, fortunately, and Princess Noor is expected to make a full recovery. However, tendon inflammation can take a while to come back from. This is a $1,350,000 horse that hasn’t scratched the surface in her career yet, so that would be quite the loss if she is unable to run in her previous form, though. We’ll see what comes of her injury and what Bob Baffert has to say in the coming weeks.
BetOnline is offering eight racecourses on Sunday, with some afternoon and night racing throughout the country. We will open the day at Laurel Park in Maryland where we are coming off a sweep on Saturday. There are a total of $207,000 in prize money at Laurel over eight races. Head below for our free Laurel Park picks for December 6, 2020.
Post Time: 12:25 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 1 at Laurel Park has a $18,000 event covering 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt to get the day started in Maryland. Worstbestidea and Aspen Rose are expected to be tough runners in this event. Aspen Rose is 1 for 8 in her career and has been in good form recently. She has looked good to place 2nd in back-to-back events on October 30 and November 12.
Aspen Rose placed 2nd behind Awesome Pal by 2 ¼ lengths in a $18,414 event, and then followed up a month ago to place 2nd behind Don’tbaggagecheck by 3 ¼ lengths for a $20,415 purse. Expect Aspen Rose to be in the mix in the stretch. Worstbestidea should pressure Aspen Rose for the win close to the wire. She arrives in good form on Sunday as well.
Worstbestidea is 1 for 14 in her career and should come on strong Sunday. She has been winless since winning on September 10. That was a 3 ¼ length win for Worstbestidea over Bodemax for a $25,000 purse. She has gone 8th, 4th, 3rd, 6th, 4th since that win. Worstbestidea tried a higher class following the win in September and didn’t go too well.
She is down in class, though, and should benefit. Worstbestidea finished 4th for $29,568 in her last outing. It wasn’t the worst run, and she showed nice kick going into the stretch, but the field was too tough. Look for Race 1 at Laurel Park on Sunday afternoon to be an easier run for her.
Post Time: 1:55 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Race 4 brings us a $29,000 event for 1 1/16 miles of racing on the main track. Team Effort and Automate are going to be horses to watch in this event. Team Effort is 2 for 12 in his career, and has finished in the top-3 in five of six performances. He placed 2nd on July 4 two races ago in a $40,348 event. Team Effort was 2 ½ lengths behind Rising Perry in that assignment on the turf.
He returned on August 22 to beat Toe Curlin’ Kiss by a neck for a $28,000 purse. Team Effort needed to go all out in the stretch. That one turned into a duel, which he was able to come out on top in. Team Effort will likely need everything in the tank to repeat as a winner on Sunday. Automate is searching for a hat-trick on Sunday after winning on November 5 and November 21.
In the win a month ago, Automate beat Paradise Pride by a half length for a $29,670 purse. Automate followed up to beat Buff’s Eye View by 5 lengths for an improved form in a $29,000 event. His speed reading was considerably quicker in that race. In fact, it was the fastest Automate has run in his career. Anything like that again for Automate and a hat-trick awaits.
Post Time: 3:23 p.m. EST
Race 7 is our final selection at Laurel Park on Sunday. This event comes with a $15,000 purse for a mile of racing on the dirt. We have He’s Zippin On By and Charging Lion on the shortlist here. This is a rematch between He’s Zippin On By and Charging Lions. Charging Lion will look for revenge from the outside post position. He is 4 for 33 in his career and has been in good form recently. Charging Lion has finished in the top-3 four of his previous five entries.
His most recent win was on August 26 for a $18,000 purse. That was a tie with Solar Warning in a dead heat at the wire. In that case, both horses are rewarded with a win, so it counts as a win for Charging Lion. We must go all the way back to June of 2019 to locate his last solo win. Since the tie on August 26, Charging Lion has finished 2nd, 7th, 3rd, 2nd. He placed 2nd behind He’s Zippin On By by a nose on $15,450 in his most recent performance.
He’s Zippin On By is 8 for 22 in his career and searching for a hat-trick today. He won on October 17 over Borsa Vento by a half length, and then followed up to beat Charging Lion at the wire. He’s Zippin on By had a couple of nice 4-furlong workouts recently. He’s Zippin On By was clocked at 47.80 seconds and 49 seconds to indicate pretty decent form. I will side with He’s Zippin On By, who should have a slight advantage over Charging Lion again.