by Jerry Shottenkirk
May 25, 2019
Pick 4 ticket construction varies from player to player and day to day.
This player likes to keep the ticket in the neighborhood of $50 (and preferably less, unless it’s Triple Crown or Breeders’ Cup card). That’s the case for Gulfstream Park’s late Pick 4 on Saturday, and this one lacks its usual symmetry. It’s bottom heavy, which means that if you get past the first two with light numbers, you have terrific coverage in the last two.
Race 9 (Ana T Stakes): It looks like it’s either Tiz Possible Dear and Razorback Lady. Tiz Possible Dear won her last two after discovering that professionally stalking a pace war is the way to go. She’s won three of seven over the strip and the 6.5 furlongs is right in her wheel house.
Razorback Lady, as the name suggests, is an Arkansas-bred that has run exclusively at Gulfstream. Her last two have been outstanding, first with a sharp optional claiming score and then followed by a runner-up finish in the Grade 2 Inside Information.
Race 10: Art G is Back lost the English Channel by a nose last time out and had become a regular in stakes races. He takes a class drop to optional claiming and that class should come to the fore.
Unlockthepotential should be feared as he appears to be coming into his own. Trainer Fernando Abreu claimed him when Chad Brown dropped him in for $16,000 and while winless since then has stepped it up with a second and a pair of thirds against company much better than those he’d fast earlier in the year.
Race 11: Lots of horses in good form and several class droppers make this $6,250 claiming events a spread race. Awesome Thought, It’s a New Year, Prince Tito and W W Concerto all are worthy of inclusion. It wouldn’t be over the top to flirt with the “all” button in this one, but in the interest of keeping down the price, this foursome is suitable for this ticket.
Race 12: It’s even more of challenge in the finale. There are five on the this ticket, including Temo Had Enough, Taranto, Fortunickle, Maturin and Eric the Salesman. It’s a two-turn turf race for $12,500 maiden claiming, which makes it a free-for-all.
Race 9) #1 Tiz Possible Dear, #6 Razorback Lady.
Race 10) #6 Art G Is Back, #8 Unlockthepotential.
Race 11) #1 Awesome Thought, #2 It’s a New Year, #7 Prince Tito, #10 W W Concerto.
Race 12) #3 Temo Had Enough, #6 Taranto, #7 Fortunickle, #10 Maturin, #11 Eric the Salesman.
Total Ticket Cost)
$45 for $0.50