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Hutcheson Highlights Gulfstream Late Pick 4 - Here's My Ticket

by Jerry Shottenkirk

March 24, 2018

While the longer stakes get the notoriety since they lead to bigger and better things, the sprints at Gulfstream Park also lure those that bring a lot to the table, and we’ll see several of those in the Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes this afternoon.

It’s a short field of six but it’s a promising group, and some are stakes winners. Also seem suited for the six furlongs.

Impact Player, a Todd Pletcher trainee with a clear affinity for the local strip is the 9-to-5 favorite. He was winless in three starts in New York last fall, but broke his maiden in his first Gulfstream start but really improved in his second start and won a seven-furlong optional claiming race by 7 1-4 lengths.

Any Pletcher 3-year-old must be respected, but this is not a gimme by any stretch of the imagination. Four of the six starters are in play on the suggested Pick 4 ticket.

Tricks to Doo and Soutache enter with stakes wins. Tricks to Doo, an Arnaud Delacour trainee who was a $600,000 purchase as a 2-year-old, romped by 7 1-4 lengths in the Inaugural Stakes at Tampa and while winless in one Gulfstream start, that attempt came against big-time foes when he was fourth in the Swale Stakes. Strike Power won the Swale and followed with a good effort in the Fountain of Youth.

Soutache, trained by Ralph Nicks, broke his maiden against open company and later won pair of stakes races against Florida-restricted foes. He makes his first start of the year but has signaled his readiness with a long list of good works.

Madison’s Luna, trained by Philip Bauer, has made only one start, but it was impressive as he scored a professional 1 1-4-length length in a 6.5-furlong maiden race at Tampa. He went the distance in an ultra-rapid 1:15 3-5 and runner-up was 10 1-4-lengths ahead of the third horse.

Here’s the suggested Pick 4 ticket:

Race 10: #2 Elusive Hero, #6 Zippy Willy, #7 Union Ranks
Race 11: #2 Deeply Undervalued, #3 Rocketry, #7 Conquest Sandman, #8 J.R.’s Holiday
Race 12: #1 Impact Player, #3 Madison’s Luna, #4 Tricks to Doo, #6 Soutache
Race 13: #3 Christmas Treat, #4 Apatow.
50-cent Pick 4: 2-6-7 with 2-3-7-8 with 1-3-4-6 with 3-4 ($48).