It was a good day on Friday, as Laurel Park was a sweep with three selections and three winning horses. Friday the 13th didn’t stop us from We also had some Golden Gate Fields picks, though racing was suspended because of a Covid outbreak in the backside. Golden Gate Fields was unable to get off the ground on Friday and the whole card was scrapped. Racing will be halted until at least next Friday.
This wasn’t a track decision, but the city that closed down Golden Gate Fields. You can find Golden Gate listed at BetOnline. It indicates that they are racing on Saturday, though this is false. Fortunately, there are more than enough racecourses open for racing on Saturday. BetOnline is offering 11 other tracks for wagering today.
That provides an ample sample size of racing to dissect. We’re back at Laurel Park for Saturday. It was a profitable day yesterday, and hopefully we can add to it this weekend. There are three more horses that have caught my attention in Maryland. Head below for our free Laurel Park picks for November 14, 2020.
Post Time: 12:54 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
We’ll get started at Laurel Park on Saturday with Race 2, which covers 5 ½ furlongs on the main track for a $27,000 purse. It will run 5 ½ furlongs and is expected to include eight runners participating. It’s Sizzling Time and Portal One should give a good run in the stretch in Race 2. It’s Sizzling Time will be making the third race of his career on Saturday at Laurel Park.
He’s been high and low so far in his young career. The gelding made an impressive debut on October 18 in a $31,941 event. It’s Sizzling Time finished a neck behind the winner, Kentucky Cool, as an underdog. He had the lead from the ¼ pole to the top of the stretch, but tired out late, allowing Kentucky Cool to jump up and steal a win.
His next performance wasn’t quite as promising. It was more of a disappointment. It’s Sizzling Time finished 7th in a $43,121 event. He faltered after the ½ pole and never recovered. For a $1,000 horse, you can’t expect too much from It’s Sizzling Time. The fact he’s running in this class is an accomplishment.
Portal One has finished 5th and 3rd in two career races and continues to show improvement. He finished 5th in a $31,000 event at Churchill Downs, and then 3rd in a $20,000 event on October 8 at Keeneland, which is adequate. What I’ve most been impressed with is his recent workouts in November. Portal One completed 4 furlongs in 47 seconds on November 7, and continues to show signs of getting better. A win isn’t out of reach here.
Post Time: 2:52 p.m. EST
Race 6 covers 6 furlongs on the main track for a $15,000 purse on Saturday afternoon. Swirrlie Shirlie and Starting Tour should be expected to run a strong race from the inside rail. Swirrlie Shirlie is 9 for 35 in her career. She went 1st, 1st, 1st, 3rd, 4th in her previous five races. In her most recent win, Swirrlie Shirlie won by a nose over Dat Dares Gold in a $22,470 event. Swirrlie Shirlie followed up for 3rd in a $16,050 race and 4th in a $20,910 assignment.
This should be a slightly easier outing for Swirrlie Shirlie on Friday, so expect her to run closer in this assignment. If she doesn’t win, it’s likely going to go to Starting Tour, who will be starting right next to her in the gate. They can get friendly with one another in the gate, but when they’re possible close in the stretch, the gloves are going to be off. Starting Tour is 5 for 13 in her career, and will be tough for Swirrlie Shirlie to overcome.
Starting Tour has finished in the top-2 in six of her previous seven entries, which includes four wins. She is a winner in two of her previous three races, winning in August by 3 ¼ lengths over Grace Isabella in a $30,600 event. Starting Tour won in her most recent race as well, with a 2 ¼ length win over Majestic Pic by 21/4 lengths in a $20,910 race. Swirrlie Shirlie was in that race, the outing she finished 4th in. I’m going to back Starting Tour to make it back-to-back wins over Swirrlie Shirlie.
Race 7 – Smart Halo Stakes
Post Time: 3:21 p.m. EST
Race 7 is one of the two $100,000 stakes races on the billing at Laurel Park on Saturday. The Smart Halo Stakes will feature 6 furlongs of racing on the main track. Eight horses are scheduled to participate in the event, which is tied with three other races as the biggest event in the US on Saturday. Prodigy Doll and Street Lute are on my watchlist for this race. Both horses have been in great form recently and will likely bring it on Saturday.
Prodigy Doll is looking for a hat-trick after wins on October 2 and October 22. She beat Life Mater Cathy by 4 ¾ lengths in a $27,100 event, and then came back a few weeks later to win again. This time it was a 9 length blowout in a $43,260 race. Note that Prodigy Doll was one of the underdogs in that five-horse field, so it was not expected out of her.
Overall in her career, Prodigy Doll has finished 2nd, 4th, 1st, 1st. Prior to those two wins, she was 4th in a $79,000 event at Churchill Downs. That was the toughest assignment of her career, so we’ll have to see how she reacts to a $100,000 race on Saturday. I believe she should be close based on recent form.
Street Lute gets the inside rail and is 2 for 3 in her young career. She opened up her career with two wins on September 7 in a $40,000 race by 1 length. Street Luted followed up to win on September 26 in the $100,000 Small Wonder Stakes by 5 lengths over Plane Drunk under moderate urging for a wire-to-wire win.
In her latest race, Street Lute came a neck away from winning another $100,000 event on October 24. Street Lute is coming off a blistering hot workout with a time of 58.80 seconds at 5 furlongs on November 11. You have to like her current form, and she has experience running good in events similar to the Smart Halo Stakes. I’m siding with the No. 1 horse.