Thursday is a big day on the horse racing circuit, with an action packed day and evening of racing throughout North America. Some of the bigger players are available for wagering on Thursday, including the return of Churchill Downs. Churchill Downs is open for racing, as they open their fall meet in Kentucky this afternoon.
Laurel Park, Woodbine, Gulfstream Park, and Delaware Park are all live for racing today as well. If you want some night racing, Remington Park, Charles Town, and Canterbury Park have races scheduled for the evening hours. There can’t be any complaints that there aren’t any ponies to bet on Thursday.
Yesterday made for a big day at Canterbury Park. We swept the board to go 3 for 3 with our selections. We needed Bandurria to close things out with a win in Race 8, and he delivered for a 5 ¼ length win. Bandurria took over in the stretch and pulled away from his exhausted rivals.
Midnight Current and Stone Arch Bridge made it look really easy as well. More of that on Thursday would be nice. For this racecard, we’re at Laurel Park in Maryland for a ten-race card worth $301,000. Head below for our free Laurel Park picks for September 17, 2020.
Post Time: 12:40 p.m. EST
We’ll go with Race 1 for our first selection at Laurel Park. Post time is scheduled for 12:40 p.m. EST in Maryland. A decently sized purse of $28,000 will be up for grabs in the opening race at Laurel, which will cover 6 furlongs on the grass.
There is a less than 50% chance of rain today, but something to keep in mind. Midship Lady and Defy Expectations should have their say in the stretch in Race 1. Defy Expectations is coming off a strong performance on July 11 for her first win.
Defy Expectations has finished 2nd, 4th, 6th, 6th, 1st in her career. In those two efforts for 6th, she was running for a $20,000 and $16,000 purse. In her win, Defy Expectations won a $34,290 race by 3 lengths as the favorite. The hike in class is all Defy Expectations needed to find the winner’s circle. Since that win, Defy Expectations has continued to run in good form in morning workouts.
She completed 4 furlongs with times of 48.60, 49, 48.20, and 49.40 seconds in the last two months. Defy Expectations was a $42,000 purchase at auction in September of 2018, and is expected to run in this class with some level of success. Expect her to get into the money again on Thursday afternoon.
After taking a sizable drop in class, Midship Lady should be her biggest threat. Midship Lady has gone 1 for 9 in her career, with finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 8th in her previous four entries. Her best effort during that stretch was in June, where Midship Lady placed 2nd in a $60,552 race. She started off well in her career for 2nd and 1st, with the win for a $40,000 purse.
In her latest performance, Midship Lady drifted back to finish 8th in a $49,980 event on August 21. She will enter into the easiest race of her career on Thursday afternoon. If Midship Lady wants to run today, then this should be a beatable field.
Post Time: 2:10 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 4 is the co-feature race of the day at Laurel Park on Thursday afternoon. We’re on the dirt for this race, which has $42,000 in prize money available. The event will take us 1 1/16 miles around the main track at Laurel. Miami Mumbles and Galerio will both likely be mentioned in the stretch in Race 4. Miami Mumbles has been in nice form recently through the summer, with four races in the top-3 since June.
Miami Mumbles is coming off 2nd on July 15 to finish a half length behind Steadytillready in a $30,000 event, and then broke through in his next showing to win a $39,000 contest by 5 ¼ lengths. He’s moving up in class slightly to a $42,000 race. Overall, he’s 1 for 6 in his career, so this would be the biggest win of his career if he can pull it off. Galerio will likely be the biggest roadblock between him and the winner’s circle.
Galerio is 5 for 17 in his career and has been feeling really good recently. He has finished in the top-2 in eight straight races, which includes five wins. In his previous three, Galerio has gone 1st, 1st, 2nd. In his two wins, he recorded wins by 9 ¼ lengths in a $27,000 race in July, and then a month later cruised to a 4 ¼ length win for a $38,850 purse.
He moved up in class to a $48,972 race on August 27 and was well suited in that event. However, Galerio came just short by a head in a duel down the stretch against Universal Payday. His latest workout on September 12 was in good form with a time of 49.40 seconds at 4 furlongs. Another bold run seems likely on Thursday.
Post Time: 4:40 p.m. EST
Race 9 is our final selection at Laurel Park in Maryland on Thursday. We’re looking at 6 furlongs for a $35,000 purse on the main track in the second last race of the day. Coconut Cake and Quiet Imagination, who line up right next to each other in the gate, should both be involved in the stretch.
Quiet Imagination has been in good form with finishes of 2nd, 1st, 2nd in her previous three outings. In her win, Quiet Imagination won by 1 ¼ lengths over Deco Strong for a $42,000 purse. Nice victory for Quiet Imagination to win as the second favorite and to beat the primary favorite. That was the second win of her career, and is currently 2 for 10 going into Thursday.
She followed up to place 2nd by 3 ¼ lengths in a $37,450 event. Quiet Imagination was the slight favorite and failed to deliver. Following that performance, Quiet Imagination completed a 4-furlong workout on September 12 with a recorded time of 49.40 seconds. You have to imagine that Quiet Imagination is going to put up a solid fight for a win in this one.
Coconut Cake has gotten off to a rocking start in her career. After finishing 3rd in her debut on May 31, Coconut Cake is a back-to-back winner, with wins on July 18 and August 22. Coconut Cake won by 1 ¼ lengths over Perfect Kind in a $41,382 event, and then went up in class to a $57,011 and took care of the field there as well.
Coconut Cake had to fight for it as a mid-tier underdog, but got there by a nose over favorite Break Curfew. She stands another good chance of getting back to the winner’s circle in a race that is down in class compared to her most recent win.