The long weekend provides an extra day of big name racetracks operating on Monday. Today is Martin Luther King Day, which means there will be afternoon games in the NHL and NBA, along with horse racing throughout the day. This is typically a day that is reserved for just three or four racecourses. However, as a result of the holiday, the options are plentiful. Some of the big boys like Aqueduct Racetrack and Santa Anita Park are racing. We’re going to pass on Santa Anita Park, but have Aqueduct covered on Monday. The Maryland based Laurel Park has a rare Monday card today as well. We have three selections at Laurel Park, which is hopefully a winning experience.
Laurel Park has $192,000 available in prize money across nine races on Monday. If you want more horse racing picks, be sure to check out our Aqueduct Racetrack page. Head below for our free Laurel Park picks for January 18, 2021.
Post Time: 1:53 p.m. EST
Race 4 will get us started at Laurel Park on Monday afternoon. This is a mile long race for a $18,000 purse in Maryland. 11 horses are scheduled to participate in the race, with the two horses on the inside, Roof Top Bar and Pardon the Pun, likely going to be running strong in the stretch run.
Roof Top Bar is winless in 12 races, but this should be a winnable outing for him. He has finished in the top-3 in 5 of 12 entries. Roof Top Bar showed 3rd on November 29 in a $21,294 event, losing by two necks. It was close and could have gone either way between three horses.
Roof Top Bar struggled to follow up with the same effort, finishing 7th and most recently, 8th, on January 10 in a $22,860 event. That was disappointing, hence Roof Top Bar dropping in class. Is this a far enough drop, though? I don’t think so to get to the winner’s circle, but he should be close at least. Pardon the Pun is winless in 11 races in his career, but is in the best form right now.
He has been in the top-2 in three straight performances, and hasn’t been outside of the top-3 since September 11. Pardon the Pun placed 2nd behind Blue Sky Painter by a nose in a $23,778 event. He did the same in a $21,294 race prior to that race by a neck. After a slight class drop, expect Pardon the Pun to finally get over the hump and crack the winner’s circle.
Post Time: 3:53 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 8 is a $30,000 event on the dirt covering 1 1/16 miles. It should be a good race between Annika Gold and The Circle Game. They are both in good form and should go far in Race 8. Annika Gold is 11 for 44 and has finished in the top-3 in 8 of her last 9 performances, including five wins during that stretch.
Annika Gold beat Mary Alice by 10 ¾ lengths in a $25,000 event on October 18, and then came back to place 2nd behind Its a Journey by 1 ½ lengths in a $33,300 event on November 20. In her most recent showing, Annika Gold showed 3rd in a $34,500 race on January 3.
She is looking to get back in the winner’s circle after dropping to a $30,000 race on Monday. Anything less would be a disappointment for her connections. The Circle Game is sitting on back-to-back and is looking for a hat-trick on Monday.
She beat She’s Primo by 3 ¼ lengths in a $23,000 race, and then returned to win again on January 3 in a $34,500 outing to clear Take Me Home by 1 ½ lengths. The jump in class was justified for The Circle Game. In the form of her career at the moment, expect The Circle Game to score the win.
Post Time: 4:32 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
The last race at Laurel Park on Monday is a 1 1/16 mile race for a $18,000 purse. Seven horses are expected to arrive at the gate for this one. Wicked Solution and Nana’s Shoes should have the inside route to the winner’s circle. Wicked Solution is 4 for 16 in her career and one of the likely winners in Race 9.
She has finished 1st, 4th, 2nd, 1st in her last four and in nice form at the moment. Wicked Solution beat Current Situation by 4 ½ lengths in her most recent assignment for a $28,000 purse. This was after Wicked Solution placed 2nd behind Juluca by 3 ¾ lengths in a $28,000 event. We have to expect Wicked Solution to get close at the wire in this race. Nana’s Shoes has been in nice form as well, having finished in the top-2 in six straight outings.
In her most recent win, Nana’s Shoes beat Wowhatabrat by 2 ¾ lengths in a $18,000 assignment on December 11. She followed up to place 2nd behind Makin’ Out by a head. Solid horse that is running well and consistently recently right now, but I will shade towards the horse that has proven to be a winner in bigger races than this. I will side with Wicked Solution to close out the day at Laurel Park.