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Check out my Race 9 analysis at Laurel Park for 3-16-24 below.  

LRL 9 (Harrison E. Johnson Memorial, 8f)
Primary – #5 MAGIC MICHAEL, #1 Shaft’s Bullet
Secondary – #2 Nimitz Class, #4 It’s Sizzling Time

Wagers: #5 to win, Exacta box 1-5, Trifecta 1-5/1-2-4-5/1-2-4-5

Comments: #5 Magic Michael (9-2) finished a neck behind Shaft’s Bullet Feb. 25, and he was 7 lengths in front of the show finisher that day. He has a good overall record at this course and distance, and he might offer a hint of value. #1 Shaft’s Bullet (4-1) is 3-for-5 with a pair of underneath finishes in local flat mile dirt races. He exits a late running victory as the 3-2 favorite at this course and distance. #2 Nimitz Class (8-5) misfired in his last two graded starts. He likes this course and distance, and might be able to bounce back in his third start after a layoff. #4 It’s Sizzling Time (7-2) exits back-to-back local wins including an 11-1 upset in the John B. Campbell. He won at this distance Dec. 31 and will try to get involved late. 

Recent Free Pick Winners
Feb. 10 – Endlessly ($3.40)
Feb. 11 – Cali Bay ($4.20)
Feb. 16 – Prancingthroughparis ($14.20), Trifecta ($397.40)
Feb. 18 – Firsttimeinforever ($6.00)
Feb. 24 – Johnny Drama ($4.00), Trifecta ($75.20)
Feb. 25 – Clements Ride ($3.20), Trifecta ($49.60)
March 10 – Final Storm ($3.60), Exacta ($9.40), Trifecta ($24.20)

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Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak posts stakes recaps from Del Mar and Santa Anita Park, along with full card recaps and free stakes picks from Southern and/or Northern California.