There is plenty of racing to get to on Thursday, as we have a full card at BetOnline. You have 11 racecourses to handicap if you’re looking to play the board. New additions to the card this week include Oaklawn Park, Laurel Park, and Turfway Park, as they begin their weekend cards today. Gulfstream Park was really the only big name racing yesterday. It was a major success in Hallandale Beach for us. We had three horses and three winners to make it a profitable day at the office. It can’t get any better than that.
We will try to add more winners to the tally at Laurel Park. There aren’t any stakes racing to speak of Thursday. There are a few small stakes races on Friday, with a couple of $35,000 events at Turf Paradise and a $75,000 race at Santa Anita Park. Laurel Park has nine races on the schedule for Thursday. You can find a total of $210,000 in prize money in Laurel for this card. Head below for our free Laurel Park picks for February 4, 2021.
Post Time: 12:25 p.m. EST
Our first selection at Laurel Park on Thursday afternoon is Race 1. This event goes for 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $33,000 purse. It’s the co-feature event with Race 7, which also carries a purse of $33,000. This race should come down to Chauffeur and Trustyourinstinct in the stretch. Chauffeur is winless in ten races, but might strike Thursday. The terms of this race look better for Chauffeur in this one than past outings.
It might have taken a little too long to find Chauffeur a better race that suits his interests. Chauffeur has finished in the top-3, placing in both, in two of his ten entries. He was able to do that two races ago on December 31. After finishing 7th on November 19, Chauffeur placed 2nd behind Come and Get Me by a half length in a $36,288 event.
However, fell out of favor in his most recent performance to finish 4th. Trustyourinstinct should provide a nice challenge from the outside. He has finished 3rd, 4th, 2nd, 2nd in his career. Trustyourinstinct looked good in most recent outings, placing 2nd behind Push to Start by 1 ¾ lengths in a $27,000 race, and then a half length loss up in class at the $36,399 level on January 9. Chauffeur and Trustyourinstinct met in that race, with Chauffeur finishing 4th. I would back Trustyourinstinct to win.
Post Time: 1:23 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 is a $18,000 event on the dirt covering 5 ½ furlongs. Luxero and Moonzano should have a solid chance of going to the winner’s circle in this race. Moonzano will start from the outside, with a decent enough shot of getting the win. He is winless in four races, finishing 7th, 9th, 7th, 4th in his assignments thus far.
Moonzano is coming off the best performance of his career on December 19. He came on strong to finish 4th in a $19,854 event. It doesn’t look like much, but an encouraging sign after falling flat in a $20,700 event. Perhaps another slight class drop will help get Moonzano where he wants to go. I wouldn’t write him off too quickly in Race 3.
Luxero has had a similar story, finishing 7th, 5th, 7th in his first three outings, and then showing 3rd in his most recent race on January 15. He came along nicely in his last race to show 3rd in a $22,554 outing. That was much tougher than Luxero is going to experience on Thursday. In fact, this will be the easiest race of her career.
Post Time: 3:53 p.m. EST
Our final selection at Laurel Park on Thursday afternoon is a $28,000 event covering 6 furlongs on the dirt. We’re likely going to see a close one between Fugitive and Push to Star. Fugitive has been a consistent runner recently, finishing 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, in four straight performances. In his win on November 26, Fugitive beat Positive Impact by 9 ¼ lengths in a $27,000 assignment.
That was impressive, though Fugitive hasn’t been able to get into the winner’s circle since then. He has still been consistent, though, showing 3rd in three straight outings. Fugitive showed 3rd in his most recent appearance on January 17. That was for a $29,960 purse, with Fugitive getting edged out by Push to Star by a neck and the winner Sugar Daddy by a length and a neck.
Fugitive and Push to Start will meet again on Thursday. Push to Start has gone 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 2nd in his career and has been up close in all of his performances. In his win, Push to Start defeated Trustyourinstinct by 1 ¾ lengths. It was a really nice effort by Push to Star, as he was leading out of the gate for a wire-to-wire win in a $27,000 assignment.
Push to Start wasn’t as crisp in his most recent outing, but still was good enough to place ahead of Fugitive. He came up a length short of the win, finishing behind Sugar Daddy. Push to Start has looked good in the morning as well, with a time of 49 seconds at 4 furlongs. If all goes well for Push to Start, a win should be within reach against this field.