by Frank Carulli
September 9, 2021
The popular Stronach 5 wager returns with a difficult five-race sequence, spanning three tracks in an action-packed 90 minutes. Here's a look at today's lineup.
PROMOTION ALERT: $10 Stronach 5 Free Bet on Friday, September 10
LEG A // GULFSTREAM // RACE 5 (4:12PM ET) // MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT // 7 1/2 FURLONGS (TURF)
PALMACH, a $90k sales buy, nestled in a 1:02.3 turf breeze on a solid workout tab for her debut. She is by multiple graded stakes-winner Violence (3-4, $623k), who didn't race on the turf, and out of an unraced dam. OCEAN SAFARI ran a troubled second in a well-bet debut. She lost momentum while in tight on the first turn and was forced out by the disqualified winner amid a wide rally in the final eighth.
LEG B // LAUREL // RACE 8 (4:20PM ET) // ALLOWANCE // 5 1/2 FURLONGS (TURF)
RINCE PERE broke his maiden with Russell aboard and kept quality company in two follow-up starts. He finished between Virginia-bred stakes winner Grateful Bred (4-9, $179k) and Saratoga allowance upsetter Matta (3-8, $137k) when second two starts ago, then lacked a rally in a race that produced next-out allowance winner Cairo Campaign (3-7, $73K). FEDERALE, part of a solid entry for what would be his turf debut, romped twice against lesser rivals at speed-favoring Timonium but looked good doing it.
LEG C // LAUREL // RACE 9 (4:53PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 5 1/2 FURLONGS (TURF)
VIRGINIA FIB was fractious pre-race and made up 9-1/2 lengths in the final half mile when he last sprinted on the turf. He finished 3 lengths behind Smitten Enough, who beat HAIR OF THE DOG next out. FAKE I D takes a disguised class drop out of a weak race, his first start in six months after a near miss against Romario, who won a $25k optional claimer through disqualification last month. BARRISTER finished second in 3 of his first 4 starts, tailed off badly since then, now tries turf on another class drop.
LEG D // GULFSTREAM // RACE 7 (5:16PM ET) // CLAIMING // 1 MILE (TURF)
SHARM EL SHEIKH, ROCKET JOE COOPER and POSITIVE PHIL are proven turf routers at this level and a combined 17-for-74 with $475k in earnings, so use all three. SPINNING KITTEN ran well off similar rest last winter and is a viable stalke-and-pounce price play from the rail in his bid to top $100k in grass earnings.
LEG E // GOLDEN GATE // RACE 3 (5:45PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 1 MILE (ALL WEATHER)
WILD WAGER rallied into a slow pace to finish second to a next-out, repeat winner two starts ago under these conditions. DRASARIO finished in the money in six consecutive route races on the turf for Wong but lost by 36 lengths in his only start on the main track. DIAMOND DATA chased a fast pace sprinting in MSW company, then raced 6- and 7-wide while no factor in a $12,500 maiden claimer at this distance.
STRONACH 5 TICKET
LEG A: 1, 8
LEG B: 1, 5
LEG C: 2, 6, 12
LEG D: 1, 4, 6, 8
LeEG E: 1, 2, 7
TICKET COST ($1 BASE): $144