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Jerry Shottenkirk: My Late Pick 5 Ticket at Golden Gate Fields | Sunday, October 31

by Jerry Shottenkirk

October 31, 2021

It’s a good day to go hunting for a Pick 5, and Golden Gate Fields looks like the perfect place for it this Sunday.

The sequence begins with 7th and ends with the 11th, and it starts off with a short, but select field of California-bred or California-sired sprinters in the $75,000 El Dorado Shooter Stakes.

Only five runners are in it, and each has a good chance at it. The trio of Top Harbor, In Our A, and War Games are represented on the suggested Pick 5 ticket, which amounts to $54.

Here’s a look the top selections and others used on the ticket:

7th Race (6:15 p.m. ET, El Dorado Shooter S.)

TOP HARBOR is no stranger to the world of stakes races, and for him, it doesn’t matter if it’s a wide-open event or one restricted to state-bred or state-sired company.

He gets the latter today, and either of his last two races would make him very difficult for others to handle handle. Has responded to veteran reinsman Frank Alvarado and can track a fast pace. Could get an ideal setup.

Also on the ticket: IN OUR A, WAR GAMES.

8th Race (6:45 p.m. ET, maidens)

LEMON DROP SHOT was a solid second here two races back and most recently was second at Los Alamitos. He turns back to 5.5 furlongs, and he’s already shown he can be a contender at this distance.

Has two seconds in two trips over this Tapeta and is in a good spot for graduation from the maiden ranks.

Also on the ticket: LUCAS MCCAIN, BRAZENLY.

9th Race (7:15 p.m. ET, allowance)

DYNASTY OF HER OWN is back to where she does her best.

She tried Fresno last out but finished seventh after prompting the pace. She’s back home, where she is a perfect 7 for 7 over the Tapeta. Her last win came two back, when she set the pace and was all out for a narrow allowance win.

There are others with good credentials and are usable, but the unblemished local main track record gives her an edge.


10th Race (7:45 p.m. ET, allowance)

MADDIE’S MOJITO is lightly raced but has easy wins in two of her four races. The first came against at Santa Anita, and she had no problems in switching to Golden Gate as she was a sharp winner in 1:09 4-5 and was three lengths ahead at the end.

Catalino Martinez was aboard last out and keeps the engagement, and this one is back to tougher company after the score vs. claimers.

Also on the ticket: CHIEFTAIN’S LADY.

11th Race (8:15 p.m. ET, claiming)

TEMBO broke his maiden over the Del Mar turf last year and took 10 months off before resurfacing there. She ran fifth at Del Mar, and then was eighth at Santa Anita in his most recently try.

He can improve in his third start off the layoff and is well spotted in this one. Has a good closing move and could be too much for them to handle late in this contest.

Also on the ticket: MOUNT PELLIAR.

Golden Gate Fields 50-cent Late Pick 5:

Race 7) #1 Top Harbor, #4 In Our A, #5 War Games.

Race 8) #4 Lemon Drop Shot, #5 Lucas McCain, #7 Brazenly.

Race 9) #1 Daffodil Sweet, #3 Northwest Factor, #4 Dynasty of Her Own.

Race 10) #3 Maddie’s Mojito, #10 Chieftain’s Lady.

Race 11) #3 Tembo, #8 Mount Pelliar.

Total Ticket Cost) 1,4,5/4,5,7/1,3,4/3,10/3,8 = $54 for $0.50