Two Longshots Win Friday’s Races at Laurel
LAUREL, MD – The Stronach 5 will have a rare carryover Oct. 22 of $76,823.80 after there were no winning tickets Friday.
Featuring a low 12-percent takeout, the Stronach 5 proved tough to hit Friday when two races from Laurel Park produced longshot winners of $33.80 and $26. The remaining three races from Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park had payoffs of $10 or less.
It was Dance Warrior, a 15-1 shot, who opened the Stronach 5 by winning Laurel’s eighth race over a firm 1 1/8-mile course under jockey Jevian Toledo. The lightly raced 3-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile returned $33.80
Gulfstream’s eighth race at six furlongs on the main track served as the second leg of the Stronach 5. Gangly, a 4-1 shot racing for the first time since being claimed by trainer Jose D’Angelo, was the winner under jockey Samy Camacho and returned $10.
Laurel’s ninth race, a maiden event at six furlongs for 2-year-olds, was the third leg of the Stronach 5 and American Playboy, off at 12-1 under jockey Jorge Ruiz, drove past 3-5 favorite Bust’em Kurt for the victory.
The Stronach 5 went west to Santa Anita for the final two legs. The third race at Santa Anita for maiden 3-year-olds and up going six furlongs went to the 5-2 second choice Miss Tokyo for trainer Leonard Powell and jockey Umberto Rispoli.
Santa Anita’s fourth race concluded the Stronach 5 with maidens 3-years-old and up going six furlongs on the main track. Humboldt was a late scratch at the gate and Gerlach’s (5-2) lost his rider shortly after the start. It was Pick Your Bid (3-1) and jockey Mario Gutierrez who got up in the final strides to win the final leg of the Stronach 5.
Friday’s races and sequence
- Leg One –Laurel Race 8: Dance Warrior $33.80
- Leg Two –Gulfstream Race 8: Gangly $10
- Leg Three –Laurel Race 9: American Playboy $26
- Leg Four –Santa Anita Race 3: Miss Tokyo $7.40
- Leg Five –Santa Anita Race 4: Pick Your Bid $8.20
The minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.
If a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.
The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.