by Jerry Shottenkirk
November 28, 2021
Golden Gate Fields makes for a good stop on my virtual Sunday tour, and it is bookmarked by a pair of strong maiden races that will probably produce from local stars of tomorrow.
Featured on the card is a solid starter allowance, which goes as the eighth.
The suggested ticket this week amounts to $72, and there are plenty of price plays weaved in with those those that will get a lot of play.
Here’s a look at the chosen combatants in the Late Pick 4 that goes from races six through nine.
6th Race (6:15 p.m. ET, maiden special weight)
PRAYER OF JABEZ barely missed in his only start and the Jonathan Wong stable continues to keep up its 24-percent success rate. Has enough speed to take the fight to them early and has the closing move to be a serious player late.
Gets a return engagement from jockey Evin Roman, who has had a good year with his 20-percent winning clip.
Also on the ticket: ROYAL ‘N RANDO, WILL IS CHILL, FLOYD KNOWLES.
7th Race (6:45 p.m. ET, claiming)
MALIBU JEWEL is a price play here as she comes in from a fourth-place finish.
Has had a good effort in three of her last four races over Tapeta and has the talent to be in the mix. Goes with ‘blinkers off’ and that could help her relax and retreat from the early pace. Others have a legit chance here, and she could big boost to a Pick 4 payoff.
Also on the ticket: BOLD ARTICLE, A J ROCK.
8th Race (7:15 p.m. ET, starter allowance)
MISS EVER READY weaved through traffic for a solid second-place finish last out in a race that came off the turf. Hasn’t won on this main track but has run well with four seconds in five starts.
Gets a good pace setup and can make a strong late run. Trainer Steve Sherman has her running well and can improve on his already impressive 19-percent success rate.
Also on the ticket: SKY ON ICE, LA REINE’S LEGACY, MISS EVER READY.
9th Race (7:45 p.m. ET, maiden special weight)
SQUARE FUN had a pair of thirds in three starts combined at Santa Anita and Del Mar and goes ‘blinkers off’ for her first at Golden Gate Fields.
Tired last time out after pressing early. Has been in one 4.5-furlong race and two at five furlongs and could get a more relaxed run going six furlongs. Trainer Doug O’Neill is 19 percent in horses going from dirt to an all-weather surface and is 27 percent here from three wins in 11 starts.
Also on the ticket: POWER SURGE, PRAY TO AN ANGEL.
Race 6) #5 Prayer of Jabez, #6 Royal ‘n Rando, #7 Will Is Chill, #8 Floyd Knowles.
Race 7) #1 Malibu Jewel, #3 Bold Article, #6 A J Rock.
Race 8) #1 Sky On Ice, #2 La Reine’s Legacy, #4 Torquay, #6 Miss Ever Ready.
Race 9) #3 Power Surge, #9 Pray to an Angel, #10 Square Fun.
Total Ticket Cost) 5,6,7,8/1,3,6/1,2,4,6/3,9,10 = $72 for $0.50