Andrew Champagne previews the late pick four at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday.
Another week of racing at Gulfstream Park kicks off Wednesday with a 10-race program, with a late Pick Four sequence that includes three turf races with good-sized fields. It starts in the seventh race, and my ticket is a $20 play that will look to extract value out of my most likely winner. Let’s take a look!
RACE #7: The first leg is a starter allowance race for older turf sprinters, and it’s drawn several stalwarts from the Florida circuit. I’m going two-deep, and these two horses have squared off multiple times.
#7 TROPICAT and #8 FULLY LOADED have met twice in the last six months, with Fully Loaded winning a race in September and Tropical prevailing in both of these horses’ last-out efforts. Both are consistent runners that always seem to fire, and they’ll likely be the top two betting choices when the field heads to the gate.
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RACE #8: This claiming event is where I’ll take my biggest stand. Eight fillies and mares will line up for this seven-furlong event, and I’m drawn to the 8-year-old breaking on the far outside.
#8 BROOKES ALL MINE has won two of three starts since being claimed by Peter Walker back in September, and both wins have come at this distance. Her last-out win at this level and route was very strong, and she’s got seven top-two finishes in nine local starts. I think she’s got a lot in her favor in this spot, especially considering the aversion to winning many of these runners seem to have. Brookes All Mine is a single for me, and if she doesn’t win, I lose.
RACE #9: Going slim early on allows me to spread in the last two races of the day. This is a good thing, especially here, as I think this race for 3-year-old fillies is the most wide-open one of the sequence.
I’m going five-deep, and my top pick is #6 SWEET PAUL. She raced a bit wide when fourth in a similar spot last time out, and she draws a bit better here. Luis Saez sees fit to ride back for trainer Bobby Dibona, and I think she’ll sit a dream trip on or near a reasonable pace.
#2 COWORTH PARK, #5 MY MISS MIRACLE, #7 YAFA, and #11 VIBURNUM are on my ticket as well. Yafa may well go favored in this race given her second-place finish in a minor stakes race two back, but she runs for a cold barn and her lone win came over a very weak group of maiden claimers. Perhaps she’ll sit a dream trip beneath Jose Ortiz, but she’s nothing more than a defensive use for me.
RACE #10: We’ll finish with a maiden claiming race with a full field of 12 runners, plus several also-eligibles. Like most races at this level, it’s not an easy one to handicap, and I hope I’ve gone deep enough by going four-deep.
#3 UNION PARK GAL is my tepid top pick. She’s run third and fifth in two starts for a slightly-higher claiming price, and she may see this field as a slight drop in class. The Rodophe Brisset barn has three wins and nine in-the-money finishes in 12 starts at the meet, and jockey Edgard Zayas has enjoyed some success at the stand, too.
I’ll also use #4 NOT TONIGHT BOBBY, #9 SAVED AT THE WIRE, and #10 HARDLY SOCIAL. Saved At The Wire’s trainer is 0-for-28 at the meet, but she may have needed her last-out race off a brief freshening and she ran reasonably well going two turns on a synthetic surface two back. She’s got some turf pedigree to her, and at her likely price, I have to have her on the ticket.
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