by Jerry Shottenkirk
November 16, 2019
The Gulfstream Park Championship Meet is getting closer, and some of those with intentions on that impressive season are getting a head start during the current Gulfstream Park West.
A good example of that occurs in Saturday’s second race – the first leg of the early Pick 4 – when a promising group of well-bred and well-meant 2-year-olds get to show what they have.
Trainer Jason Servis unveils News Break, an American Pharoah colt with the usual Servis slow works. Paco Lopez, who is riding at a 29-percent win clip at the current meet, is lined up for the mount. But News Break is not alone when it comes to promise. Sagamore Mischief, an Into Mischief colt trained by Timothy Hills, ran fourth in a fast maiden race at Belmont and followed with a second at Laurel. Edgar Prado is aboard the speedster. Sir Kahn, trained by Daniel Pita, adds intrigue as he only has one start to his credit, which came at Gulfstream. He broke dead last and went from 13th to fourth in a quick 5.5-furlong race. Jesus Rios gets the recall on Sir Kahn, who this time has a set of blinkers that could help move in along earlier. Sir Kahn has had five straight bullet workouts – the latest since he started on Sept. 29.
That trio is worthy of appearing on the suggested Pick 4 ticket, which amounts to $36, which has a 3x4x2x3 approach.
The fourth race – the third leg of the sequence – includes a group of bottom-level claimers and a couple of mares in that sprint have a better chance for success than most. Memorize, running for trainer Jennifer Hayford-Quinones, ran third vs. similar last time despite a wide trip and has an excellent shot in which to turn the tables this time, and Simply Great comes in from Monmouth and Parx, where she won a couple of races for trainer Jorge Navarro.
Here’s the suggested play for the early Pick 4 Saturday at Gulfstream Park West:
Race 2) #3 News Break, #7 Sagamore Mischief, #12 Sir Kahn.
Race 3) #2 Macho Mania, #3 Steadily, #4 Perfect Enough, #6 King of Leinster.
Race 4) #4 Memorize, #6 Simply Great.
Race 5) #3 Tennessee Cotton, #8 Miss Aliphant, #9 Karenina.
50-cent early Pick 4 ticket: 3-7-12 with 2-3-4-6 with 4-6 with 3-8-9 ($36).