by Frank Carulli
October 6, 2021
The Stronach 5 paid $29,000 with a 4-to-5, 2-1 and 4-1 winner in the five-race sequence last week. The $1 bet encompasses five races nationwide in a 90-minute span and it offers a low, 12-percent takeout. Here's an early look at this week's lineup, but be sure to check for updates after scratches Friday morning.
LEG A // LAUREL, RACE 8 (4:18PM ET) // OPTIONAL CLAIMING // 5 1/2 FURLONGS (TURF)
ROSELBA shook a duel on the inside, braced for the challenge of stakes-winning tuf sprinter Bramble Bay (22/5-6-6, $305k) and dug in resiliently for a neck victory at 5F. MISS MAJORETTE packs late wallop but couldn't reach the trip-sitting second favorite last out after she brushed with a rival at the top of the stretch. HYDRA is winless on the turf, but she made a middle move into a fast pace to lead at the stretch call in a stakes race at Colonial Downs in her first turf start this year. She was no factor on a recent visit to Saratoga, but held solid form on the Laurel main track in the spring and can sit a good stalking trip at a big price. FLYINGONTHEGROUND, a lightly-raced 7-year-old, means business when she shows up to race. She finished first or second in 9 of 15 starts on the grass at various venues, though she was no factor off a layoff on soft footing last out.
LEG B // GULFSTREAM, RACE 8 (4:40PM ET) // OPTIONAL CLAIMING // 6 1/2 FURLONGS (DIRT)
MISTER LUIGI returned home from a near miss at Saratoga, to rally past statebreds at 6F and win in 1:09.4. RESERVENOTATTAINED has speed, loves to win and starts fresh for new, high-percentage connections. FRONT LOADED earned most of his $550k bankroll with ultra-consistent form and a 37/9-9-7 Gulfstream record despite frequent barn changes.
LEG C // LAUREL, RACE 9 (4:53PM ET) // MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT // 1 1/16 MILES (TURF)
Going 4-deep in this leg, with several longshots. SCAREDY CAT, a beaten favorite first out in a race that could turn up strong, is ambitiously spotted off the claim but should appreciate the added ground. AMARILLO, a half brother to multiple graded stakes-placed grass router Fredericksburg, finished third in his debut and can move forward for a 20-percent, second-out barn. THE MAN TO SEE, hard ridden to keep up in a debut sprint, showed some late interest while 4-wide and could awaken on the stretch out. CANDY COOL, out of Grade II winner Dixie City, tries the lawn for McGaughey after he was outrun in two well-bet starts on dirt.
LEG D // SANTA ANITA, RACE 3 (5:05PM ET) // STARTER ALLOWANCE // 1 MILE (TURF)
BEST CHANCE threw his head at the break, spotted the field 10 lengths, rallied 5-wide in the stretch to engage the winning favorite and finished second by a neck. He benefited from a lively pace but could get faster fractions to run at as today's solo play.
LEG E // SANTA ANITA, RACE 4 (5:35PM ET) // CLAIMING // 1 MILE (DIRT)
DESTINY'S JOURNEY carried her speed to a win and a second going a route of ground at Santa Anita in January and is working forwardly for her return at a proven level. MONGOLIAN WINDOW fired a blank on short rest at Los Alamitos, but with a field-leading seven wins and $186k bankroll and a victory at Del Mar at this level, she is worth using as a price play on the ticket. LADY O'PRADO benefited from a lively pace duel and a troubled favorite to spring a 13-1 upset at one mile, but she 'powered away' from the field when asked and can't be discounted to string together two good races for the first time.
STRONACH 5 TICKET
Leg A: 2, 7, 9, 11
Leg B: 1, 4, 6
Leg C: 4, 9, 11, 12
Leg D: 5
Leg E: 4, 5, 9
Cost for a $1 ticket: $144