Spot plays and Pick 3 for Laurel Park July 15

July 14th, 2023

The Prince George’s County S., Caesar’s Wish S., and Big Dreyfus S. highlight a nine-race card at Laurel Park on Saturday.

Below we offer spot plays for the Big Dreyfus (Race 5) and Prince George’s (Race 7), as well as a 5 1/2-furlong claimer in Race 6, and provide a Pick 3 ticket combining all three.

$1 Pick 3: 1, 2, 3 with 3, 5, 6, 10 with 2 ($12)

Race 5: Big Dreyfus S., 1 1/8 miles (turf), 3yo and up fillies and mares

Slight morning line favorite #6 Atomic Blonde (9-5) has failed to win in three starts since shipping to the U.S. The Christophe Clement pupil led to deep stretch before caught on both sides to finish third by 1 3/4 lengths in the 1 1/2-mile Orchid (G3) back in April. She then came home more than three lengths back in third in the 1 3/8-mile Sheepshead Bay (G2) before dropping in class and recording a two-length second in an allowance optional claimer at today's distance at Belmont Park in mid-June.

The Grey Gatsby daughter will get a rider switch to Jaime Rodriguez, who's a 22% winner this meet but just a 10% winner on turf. We'll fade the favorite and back #3 Sparkle Blue (2-1), who flashed a 102 BRIS figure last out when third in the 1 1/2-mile Keertana S. at Churchill Downs.

The Hard Spun filly recorded an 88 BRIS figure two back when sixth in the 1 1/8-mile Modesty (G3) and was beaten less than a length three back when racing in the 1 1/4-mile American Oaks (G1).

Trainer Graham Motion has gone 10-2-2-2 to start the meet and strikes at an 18% rate in non-graded stakes, while jockey Jorge Ruiz is a 13% winner this meet and a 28% winner paired with Motion over the last two months.

In addition to Sparkle Blue in the first leg of our Pick 3, we'll play #1 Community Adjusted (6-1), who moves up in class off a win in a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claimer and posted an 83 BRIS figure with an 87 Late Pace rating in her first start with Arnaud Delacour, a 22% winner this meet.

The Summer Front mare may improve second off the layoff and will keep rider Victor Carrasco, who's 4-for-8 paired with Delacour over the last 60 days.

The other Motion runner, #2 Candy Light (9-2) is worth a shot as well after failing as the favorite in a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claimer. The closer can improve third start off the layoff, and with rain in the forecast and the chance this race could move off the turf to dirt, Candy Light is a dangerous pick on either surface.

Race 6: $25K claimer, 5 1/2 furlongs, 3yo and up fillies and mares

#6 Genieinabridle (6-1) has been running at a mile or farther in her last four and finished far back last out when trying turf the first time. The Great Notion filly has not reached the winner's circle since racing in a six-furlong maiden claimer at Laurel last October, but she can rebound in her first start for Jamie Ness, a 38% winner this meet and a 34% winner first off the claim.

Hot jockey Jaime Rodriguez will pick up the mount on the three-year-old, and he's 2-for-6 paired with Ness over the last 14 days. Genieinabridle also posted a pair of sharp five-furlong workouts at Laurel in July and can earn her second career win here in her third start off a layoff.

We'll also back #3 Thunder Boss (8-1), who moves up in class off an 11-length romp in a six-furlong maiden claimer, her 14th career start and fifth since transferring to the barn of Rodolfo Sanchez-Salomon, a 16% winner at the claiming level and a 21% winner with horses coming off a maiden win.

The four-year-old Street Boss granddaughter recorded a 78 BRIS figure in the victory, a point below the par winning speed figure for today's conditions, and the highest last race speed rating among the field.

Let's also include #5 Skylar's Sister (3-1), who will drop down in class and switch from turf to dirt for Phil Capuano, a 23% winner at the claiming level, and #10 Alliallioxenfree (9-2), who can bounce back with a return to dirt in her fourth career start for Damon Dilodovico, a 19% winner at the claiming level.

Race 7: Prince George’s County S., 1 1/8 miles, 3yo and up

To close out our Pick 3 ticket, we'll single #2 Royal Patronage (5-2), who will drop in class off a three-length fifth in the 1 1/16-mile Arlington and can improve third start off the layoff. Two back, the Wootton Bassett four-year-old flashed a 101 BRIS figure when winning a 1 1/16-mile allowance at Keeneland while earning a 120 Class Rating. The Graham Motion trainee has shown good late kick in his last two, and he'll pick up Feargal Lynch, a 16% winner on turf and with early/presser types.