by Jerry Shottenkirk
October 26, 2019
The anchor race of Gulfstream Park West’s early Pick 4 on Saturday is a $20,000 optional-claiming event that looks like a stakes race.
Some quality fillies and mares are set to go 7.5 furlongs on the turf in a race that is the best on the card. The early Pick 4 is for races two through five, and the suggested ticket has a 6x3x2x3 approach for $54.
Lady Alida, Colonels Daughter and Una Luna are the distaffers to watch in the fifth.
Lady Alida won the In The Breeze Stakes two back and was third last time in the Monroe Stakes. She has won two of her last four and is a solid front-runner on the turf. She's won 4 of 19 and is at the top of her game.
Colonels Daughter didn’t have much luck in stakes races but has shown a lot of improvement in the past three months as she has two wins in three starts at this level during that period. She’ll likely be moving the best late, especially if a strong pace develops.
Una Luna is the third of the trio to watch, was been second in last three (twice in stakes races) and is next to impossible to leave out of any of the exotics. She hasn't won at Gulfstream West but have won five at the sister track, and the talented daughter of Dunkirk has been on the board in 12 of 15 races.
The second race (first of the sequence), is the toughest of the group, and six horses are used, followed by three used in the third, and two in the fourth.
Race 2) #1 Dominate Themoment, #4 D’archer, #7 Budget Buster, #8 Tolkien, #9 City Park, #10 Maspero.
Race 3) #1 Just Kidding, #3 Green Mansions, #7 Vincero.
Race 4) #6 He’s Lucky, #9 Smash.
Race 5) #2 Lady Alida, #7 Colonels Daughter, #8 Una Luna.
Total Ticket Cost) 1,4,7,8,9,10/1,3,7/6,9/2,7,8 = $54 for $0.50