Frank Carulli: Laurel Park Bet $100/Get $20 Strategy | Friday, March 1, 2024

Be 1/ST in line to take advantage of a Bet $100/Get $20 promo this Friday, March 1 at Laurel Park. Bet to win-place-show, bet exactas, trifectas or superfectas, bet what you want to become eligible for the bonus. The Bet $100/Get $20 promo will be at the starting gate every Friday throughout the month. Bet on your own picks or bet on these 1/ST selections to try and build your bankroll:

LRL Race 1 (12:25 p.m. EST) -- SPICY MARGARITA has two wins, a second and a third in her last four starts sprinting on a fast track. She won off a two-month freshening for her new barn to become the third starter allowance winner to exit the December 10 race at Laurel. She shook free in early stretch and held on to win at 6F, making her equally dangerous to repeat at 5-1/2F. ROYAL WHISPER finished between three next-out winners when second from post 10 in a 6F sprint two back. She validated that effort with a near miss in the one-mile Geisha Stakes for Maryland breds and should benefit from a lively pace today.

1/ST Bets on Race 1
$15 win and place #1 SPICY MARGARITA
$10 daily double 1-4 (#1 SPICY MARGARITA/#4 NASTY HABIT)

Race 2 (12:55 p.m. EST) -- NASTY HABIT gave way chasing runaway Full Irish at 7F two starts back, no knock considering that same rival went wire-to-wire in a follow-up 6F allowance in 1:10-2/5. Then he traveled to Parx, where he chased and caught well-meant first-time starter Hundred Grand, who accelerated on the lead through rapid fractions at 6F. He finished 11-1/2 lengths in front of Respirator, who came back to win a 6-1/2F MSW sprint by 3-1/4 lengths with an 84 Beyer speed figure.

1/ST Bets on Race 2
$30 win #4 NASTY HABIT

Race 6 (2:52 p.m. EST) -- Will CRUSADER RABBIT live up to the hype of an 8-5 morning-line in her debut? Considering her sire, Into Mischief, led all North America sires last year with more than $25 million in progeny earnings and considering her dam, Constellation, romped in her debut at Saratoga and was multiple graded stakes-placed as a 2-year-old, lean toward a “yes” answer. For better value, play her on top of straight exactas with DETERMINED CANDY, a $130,000 sales buy with steady workouts and a debut-winning dam, and GATE SONG, who gets Lasix and blinkers after a well-bet and useful debut for a 17-percent trainer with second-out starters in the last three years.

1/ST Bets on Race 6
$10 exacta 5-3 (#5 CRUSADER RABBIT/#3 GATE SONG)

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