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Jerry Shottenkirk: My Late Pick 4 Ticket at Gulfstream | Sunday, August 22

by Jerry Shottenkirk

August 22, 2021

Gulfstream Park’s Late Pick 4 on Sunday is a tough sequence and it’s difficult to commit to a single, which makes it necessary to toss around a few extra numbers. That costs more money, but it also gives you a better chance when there’s a shortage of the obvious.

The Late Pick 4 will be contested from races 7-10, and here’s a look at this week’s $60 suggested ticket:

7th Race (4:14 p.m. ET, maiden special weight)

PALINOMIUM has started just once, and it came at 7.5 furlongs (two turns) on the turf. He’s had a couple of works since that start, moves over to the main track and turns back to seven furlongs.

He was bet down to 2-1 in his debut and likely will get back some of start despite running fourth.


8th Race (4:48 p.m. ET, starter optional claiming)

KICK IN THE GAS was claimed last time by Jennifer Young when he broke his maiden by 12 lengths. That was in a race that came off turf. His only other start was on turf, when he ran fourth.

Was a $150K yearling and hasn’t run to those expectations, but he’s probably the one to beat if he runs to back to his last one. Still, the outside post could be an equalizer for others, and several in this race are worthy of attention.


9th Race (5:22 p.m., claiming allowance)

DARK TIMBER drops in class and was third last out. Was claimed in two of his last three, and he makes a start for the Saffie Joseph, Jr., barn for the second time. Has been good in four of his last five and figures highly in here.

There’s plenty of speed and a couple of others are worth using on the ticket.

Others on the ticket: THE ICE BEAST, LOST A LEGEND.

10th Race (5:56 p.m., maiden claiming)

ESPERANTO has made just two starts, once at Saratoga and once at Gulfstream West, and each was against maiden special weight company. He comes off the bench for the first time since October and drops to the bottom level.

He was in the Bill Mott barn for his first one, and moved to Amador Sanchez's outfit later last year. He has some good works for his return.

Others on the ticket: MAURO’S TEAM.

My Ticket

Race 7) #1 The Green Crusader, #3 T Ville, #6 Palimonium, #7 The Skipper Too, #8 Anythingbutsubtle.

Race 8) #3 Seize the Hay, #5 Ethos, #10 Surprise Factor, #12 Kick in the Gas.

Race 9) #1 Dark Timber, #3 The Ice Beast, #7 Lost a Legend.

Race 10) #2 Mauro’s Team, #4 Esperanto.

Total Ticket Cost) 1,3,6,7,8/3,5,10,12/1,3,7/2,4 = $60 for $0.50