by Jerry Shottenkirk
April 17, 2020
It’s hard to find an absolute standout in the Pick 4 Saturday at Gulfstream Park, which is good news for price shoppers. Each of the races from 9 through 12 can yield medium-sized payoffs and ultimately a healthy Pick 4 payoff.
You don’t need to have a handful of $20 winners to get to a big Pick 4 score. With four races that have favorites that should be of the “non odds-on” variety, it could be a worthwhile investment and experience, even if the favorites win.
Favorites appear on this suggested ticket, but there are several others that have a chance are included. Here’s a look at the Pick 4:
Always Shopping makes her 1st appearance since May 17, when she ran 6th in the G2 Black Eyed Susan. She won the G2 Gazelle prior to that effort and has worked very well. The biggest challenge is the surface as she makes her initial turf appearance.
High Road comes in off a front-running turf win and her running lines have been very tough on the Gulfstream turf. If she can back up the pace at all, she’ll be tough to the end.
Zarina is another that’s usable, as she’s had some good performances locally – most notably a win in the Martha Washington and a runner-u in the Miss Gracie two back. Mintd won her only U.S. start (at Tampa) and was competitive in Ireland prior to her move her. Her Tampa win marked her first two-turn attempt.
Perfect Revenge is back to Gulfstream after an unsuccessful run in the G2 Risen Star. He was claimed three back by Saffie Joseph, Jr., and followed with a 2nd at the same price. He’s back to that level and probably will return to good form.
Blood Moon gets Luis Saez, who likely will have design on getting the lead. He’s been lethal in that scenario and will give it a go from the inside. Dynadrive is worth a shot as he was 3rd vs. similar two back and 2nd in his latest. He was claimed by Mike Maker two back and is going from an off-the-turf race to a regularly scheduled dirt race.
Miss Auramet, Lady Grace and Kitten’s Covergirl are among those ready to throw down going five furlongs on grass. Miss Auramet’s last two resulted in easy win, and while she takes a step up, she’s getting nothing but better and will force the issue every stride. Lady Grace also goes for her third straight win and takes a similar step up as Miss Auramet. If many are on the front end, Lady Grace would benefit as she has a good closing move. Kitten’s Covergirl is talented enough to be in the mix and like Lady Grace will likely have to succeed by following the leaders early on.
The sequence ends with a bottom maiden-claiming race and Honest Gal could be the shortest price of the four races, but two droppers has legit chances at an upset.
Rye Street was claimed for $50,000 in her debut and runs for $12,500 in her second off that barn change. She has not been close in either of her races but has never seen anything close to this level. Major improvement can be expected.
Party Dress was claimed last time and takes a slight class drop. She pressed the pace last time and if she runs back to that effort could be difficult to catch.
Here’s a suggested play for the late Pick 4 Saturday at Gulfstream Park:
Race 9) #1 High Road, #3 Zarina, #5 Always Shopping, #7 Mintd.
Race 10) #2 Blood Moon, #5 Dynadrive, #8 Perfect Revenge.
Race 11) #2 Miss Auramet, #7 Lady Grace, #9 Kitten’s Covergirl.
Race 12) #4 Rye Street, #8 Party Dress, #10 Honest Gal.
Total Ticket Cost) 1,3,5,7/2,5,8/2,7,9/4,8,10 = $54 for $0.50