Laurel Park Saturday, December 29, 2018

Laurel Park will celebrate the final Saturday of 2018 with six stakes, including the Heft and Gin Talking, seven-furlong races for 2-year-olds.

The program also includes the six-furlong Dave’s Friend for 3-year-olds and up, and the one-mile Thirty Eight Go Go for fillies and mares. Two Maryland-bred stakes, the one-mile Jennings and the six-furlong Politely for fillies and mares.

Quick look at the stakes races.

Thirty Eight Go Go: New York invaders Sower and Forever Liesl figure to race time betting favorites. Sower was a debut winner at Laurel back in April and has since won two stakes at Belmont Park. Forever Liesl comes off a runner-up finish in the Turnback the Alarm (G3) at Aqueduct.

Dave’s Friend: Altissimo has won six of his last seven starts, and takes on Loki , who has a 7-3-0 record from 10 starts over the track.

Politely: A single for multi-race plays is Crabcakes, who looks to improve on an already stellar slate of 7-2-0 from nine starts over the course.

Heft: Alwaysmining will likely be favored. Alwaysmining has scored back-to-back front-running wins, and three weeks ago took the statebred Maryland Juvenile Futurity by 2 1/2 lengths. Win Win Win is an improving runner that should be on the board.

Gin Talking: The Gin Talking has a deep field of 10. Enjay’s Brass and the late-running No Mo Lady are the two to beat here. Getting Warmer and Please Flatter Me, unbeaten and untested in two starts.

The deep-closing Belial is 8-2-3-2 and will add blinkers to her equipment Saturday.

Kaylasaurus galloped for a 12 1/4 lengths victory at Penn National in her only start.


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