by Jerry Shottenkirk
January 23, 2022
Gulfstream Park’s Late Pick Four on Sunday features a solid allowance optional claiming race, and it, like the others, will have to tapping into your bag of handicapping tricks. It's not easy, but that risk could bring some healthy rewards.
Amusing Antics heads a field of filly and mare sprinters going five furlongs on grass in the ninth. The Bill Mott-trained filly will have to work to get into good position and will have to get tied on late to get past a quick group.
Don't forget that Xpressbet and 1/ST BET customers take part in a $2000 late pick 4 hit-and-split promotion every Saturday and Sunday at Gulfstream.
The suggested Late Pick 4 ticket amounts to $90, and here’s a look at the chosen gang of performers:
7th Race (3:37 p.m. ET, starter allowance)
RICHY won a N2L claiming race on synth two back and also won over the all-weather at Arlington. Has mixed it up in some good races and has the tactical speed to garner a good trip from the outset. Rider Edwin Gonzalez is hitting 15 percent and can give this one a good trip like many others he’s piloted.
Also on the ticket: ZANNO, DETERMINED FURY, THING, HARD COUNT.
8th Race (4:11 p.m. ET, claiming)
WOW RUN broke his maiden two races ago on the Tapeta and won with complete authority that day. Gets top rider Luis Saez aboard and has the speed to get where he wants to be, even from the outside.
Comes off a dull effort against tough rivals on the main track and will welcome a return to the all-weather surface.
Also on the ticket: GONE NUTS, ON JET HEIR, LUCAGO.
9th Race (4:42 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
AMUSING ANTICS finished 2021 with a sharp closing second in a Keeneland allowance that was her first career turf starts. Mott has her training well for her first since October, and the Super Saver filly has gone a positive direction over the past four races of her young career.
Will have plenty of pace in this one and she can show her late run under Junior Alvarado.
Also on the ticket: WOW, PHANTOM VISION.
10th Race (5:14 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
RISK VS REWARD gave way going long on turf last time and weakened for going long on the all-weather two back.
She’s back to a sprint on the main track, and while she was unable to sustain a rally in her first two, she was against better company and should welcome the drop in class.
Also on the ticket: BOURBON OVER ICE, MY MAN VITO.
Gulfstream Park 50-cent Late Pick 4:
7) #1 Zanno, #2 Determined Fury, #3 Thing, #6 Hard Count, #8 Richy.
8) #1 Gone Nuts, #4 On Jet Heir, #6 Lucago, #8 Wow Run.
9) #7 Wow, #8 Phantom Vision, #10 Amusing Antics.
10) #4 Bourbon Over Ice, #5 My Man Vito, #10 Risk Vs Reward.
The ticket: 1-2-3-6-8 with 1-4-6-8 with 7-8-10 with 4-5-10 ($90).