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Laurel Race 3 7 furlongs Claiming $5,000 (1:30 ET)
Best Value Play: #5 I Will If You Will (9/2)
Most Likely Winner: #7 Stone of Scone (8/5)
Other Contenders: #1 Brush Creek Honey (7/2), #4 Rettalfa (7/2)
Analysis: Stone of Scone runs for a good barn and may be the controlling pace. Her Vet scratch in late December is the only real question mark. Brush Creek Honey is a game old warrior that drops in class and gets the rail, which has been good over the last week or so. Rettalfa has been claimed a couple of times in the last few months and has the back class to whip these. I Will If You Will has looked terrible in her last two starts, but now ships back in from West Virginia, takes a big drop and Karamanos gets on board…what’s up?
Laurel Race 5 6 furlongs Claiming $5,000 (2:29 ET)
Best Value Play: #1 Third Avenue Cello (15/1)
Most Likely Winner: #7 Maybrys Challenge (4/5)
Other Contenders: #2 Rocky’s Affair (6/1) #8 Part (8/1)
Analysis: Maybrys Challenge is trained by the crafty Jamie Ness, drops in class and has the speed to control everything, especially the Winner’s Circle. Rocky’s Affair drops to his lowest level ever and ran his best race in three months last out. Part runs for solid connections and has been consistent in his efforts since arriving in Maryland. Third Avenue Cello has shown the speed figures necessary for this level, drops in class and gets the blinkers-sounds like a good recipe for a longshot.