Frank Carulli: Laurel Park Pick 4 Analysis Friday, December 9, 2022

Laurel Park’s Late Pick 4 this Friday, Dec. 9, will span four distances on the main track – 5-1/2F, 6F, 7F and 1-1/16 miles. Solve the 50-cent wager and  you’ll have a nice stocking stuffer for the holidays. Here’s a closer look at the action:

LRL 6th race (2:56 EST) -- CAPTAIN QUINT stalked a fast pace and was no factor in a MSW sprint, but he looms a major danger on the class drop in his first try at 7F. The pace-setting runner-up in that race, Mr. Cash, came back with a wire-to-wire MSW victory at Tampa. NOTIMELIKEPRESENT ran well in the same spot when claimed two starts ago, but he drifted on the turn and in the stretch to compromise his winning chances. The race produced two next-out winners and three runners-up. GIG gets Lasix and gets in light-weighted for his debut. His dam was 4-for-5 going a route of ground to start her career, so GIG could rally into a projected lively pace at a price.

LRL 7th race (3:27 EST) -- SHE IS WISKY swung 5-wide for the stretch drive two starts back at this distance, but she settled for third behind Bandits Warrior (3-11, $135k) and Noble Bid (3-8, $124k). R B’S STAR, hounded on the lead by the 14-1 upsetter at 7F, battled bravely but gave way late. She won twice at 5-1/2F this summer and can bounce back.

LRL 8th race (3:58 EST) -- ICY STARE DOWN goes from one top barn to another and worked in :48 flat over the track last Friday, earning a spot on the ticket at her winning distance. WINKED pressed the runner-up on a sloppy track, surged clear in mid-stretch and continued strong on the gallop out in the top effort of her career.  

LRL 9th race (4:29 EST) – CIRCLING THE DRAIN took aim at the 7-1 winner at the quarter-mile pole but settled for second best in his 7F debut in MSW company. The added ground should be no problem for the son of multiple Grade I-winning router West Coast. GAMING SOUL also has the bloodlines and trainer to win at first asking. His sire, Frosted, was a multiple Grade I winner of $3.9 million and his dam, Mariisima, was 11-for-18 and multiple Grade I-winning router in Panama.

Suggested 50-cent Ticket

LRL 6th Race: 6, 7, 8
LRL 7th Race: 1, 5
LRL 8th Race: 4, 6
LRL 9th Race: 1, 2

COST: $12

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