Marty McGee's Laurel picks

January 05, 1991

BEST PICK -- (11th) Tangi's Squaw. If quickness is the name of the game, Tangi's Squaw plays it right. Reclaimed by Mike Pino two starts back, she tired when raised to the $16,000 level; she drops back to $6,500 today, looks like the only quality speed and should be very tough to catch. If she falters, Betty Loving or Real Irish could inherit the front.

FEATURE PICK -- (10th) Leehawk. There is no standout in the Marshua Stakes for 3-year-olds, although as many as six of the nine starters appear to have solid chances. Leehawk hasn't been out since winning her second of two straight on Nov. 22, but she has been working very well at Pimlico and goes for a capable trainer (Tom Garry). She'll be looking to outrun Early Message and possibly Makin It Great, then hold off any of the others who may come calling.

PLAYER'S PICK -- (5th) Exacta box, 1-12-14. The fifth race appears so wide-open that the Exacta could be quite lucrative if the right numbers click. Twisted Opertunity (1) could improve dramatically when getting first-time Lasix; Majomo (12) stands to benefit from her first attempt; and God Given (14) was so well-liked in her only start that she was bet down to favoritism and was claimed.

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