by Jerry Shottenkirk
August 16, 2019
As you well know, the Pick 5 is one tough nut to crack.
And it could be tougher than usual at Gulfstream Park Pick 5 on Saturday.
You must be game to walk into a Pick 5 attempt, and you’ll need everything you’ve got. You will ponder going super deep on some of these, but unless you’re bankroll is unlimited, you’ll use some control.
The easiest races in the Pick 5 aren’t even what you’d call easy. They just may not be as challenging as the others. This suggested ticket has two runners each in the third and fifth races and three runners in the other three races. You could go five or six deep, but the arithmetic will get to you.
Lawyer Drill and Solar Warming look like the ones in the third race, while Mysterio and Accountant Q appear ready to give it their best in the fifth.
A trio starts of the day and the Pick 5 in the first. Knokke by the Sea is in good form but his post position is the main reason others are included. Jeeker Joe should have a good run down inside and Will Remember fits nicely for this one.
The second includes tough veteran claimers led by Polar Jet, Particularity and Phish Fan. Polar Jet was claimed for $12,500 five races back by Jorge Navarro and was third for $10,000 last time. He drops to $6,250 and will be odds-on. However, because of that suspicious drop, Particularity, who has most good dirt form, and old pro Phish Fan, a solid sprinter, are worth of inclusion.
Neither Lawyer Drill nor Solar Warming hit the board last time but they’ve been taking on some tough company. Lawyer Drill ran off to a five-length lead and had nothing left, and he picks up apprentice Cristian Torres, who’s been good on the front end. Solar Warming comes out of much better races and should be a factor from the beginning.
Cades Love Loop and Bravely Bold will get the most play and should be included in the fourth, but Leaving Home likely will show improvement from his debut and can be a big player on the class drop. Cades Love Loop was third in four of her last five and makes her first start since March. She landed in a good spot for that return. Meanwhile, Bravely Bold has shown late interest in two of his three lifetime starts and can make a solid run vs. these.
Mysterio and Accountant Q. have plenty of chances to gain their second win and it looks like each has a legit chance. Mysterio comes off a good second and Accountant Q. was third in his latest.
Here’s the suggested ticket for the Pick 5 Saturday at Gulfstream Park:
Race 1) #2 Jeeker Joe, #5 Will Remember, #10 Knokke by the Sea.
Race 2) #2 Polar Jet, #4 Particularity, #7 Phish Fan.
Race 3) #3 Lawyer Drill, #7 Solar Warming.
Race 4) #3 Leaving Home, #5 Cades Cove Loop, #11 Bravely Bold.
Race 5) #2 Mysterio, #6 Accountant Q.
Total Ticket Cost) 2,5,10/2,4,7/3,7/3,5,11/2,6 = $54 for $0.50