by Jerry Shottenkirk
April 24, 2020
Gulfstream Park’s late Pick 4 on Saturday is highlighted by Unbridled Stakes for 3-year-olds and a lights-out scramble for outstanding older allowance and stakes types in the 11th.. There’s a good chance few knew these two would come up so competitive.
While the Unbridled is a solid one-turn mile stakes event and the 11th is a seven-furlong test that is as good a non-stakes as you could find.
Here’s a look at my Pick 4 ticket suggestion, which uses a 3x4x4x3 approach for $72 and runs from races 9-12:
Race 9 (Unbridled Stakes)
Dr Post is as intriguing as any in here as he makes just his third career start. After a 4th at Belmont in his only start of 2019, he fired a dandy for trainer Todd Pletcher in his first at Gulfstream off a vacation of nearly nine months as he came off the pace for a maiden win in a rapid 1:22 1-5. The Quality Road colt has effortless put down some good works and gets Irad Ortiz, Jr., who is back after some time off.
South Bend spent his last three on the turf and had good results in each, including a fast-closing third in the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes. He won the Street Sense over the dirt at Churchill last year, is in good form and will probably run on late. Attachment Rate is another in play on the ticket after his third in the Grade 3 Gotham at Aqueduct. He’s finished with energy in his last three and is a legit threat.
This distance turf race for $35,000 claimers (N3L) has so many good options that it’s difficult to trim is down to even four, which was the case here.
New Year goes after his third straight win after he was 0-of-11 to begin his career. To say he’s figured it out is an understatement, and his wins over the turf at GP were powerful. Stock Trade, Crypto Gold, Noble Hope also have run well lately and also stand a serious chance.
This one is graded stakes-quality as Global Campaign returns to the races and is surrounded by proven runners in good form.
Global Campaign draws a decent group of opponents as he makes his first start since running third in Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes, finishing behind New York stalwarts Tax and Tacitus. Prior to that he beat eventual Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston.
There is plenty of serious competition here, including Soldado, winner of three of five, and Spinoff, who ran in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont, as well as the Belmont Derby. He ended his campaign with an easy win at Saratoga. Also on the ticket is the speedy Yorkton, who was second at Gulfstream last out. He often shows speed and can be very dangerous if able to get clear early.
Maiden-claimers round out the action, and W W Archie, With a Bit of Luck and Annualized are worthy of inclusion.
W W Archie was third in his last two and has been steadily stepping down the ladder. With a Bit of Luck has raced just once, but it was against a higher level and he led for a half-mile. He was on the turf and now moves over to the main track.
Annualized drops to his lowest level and was a closing fourth on turf last time. He was third on dirt once last year.
Here’s the suggested play for the late Pick 4 Saturday at Gulfstream Park:
Race 9) #3 Dr Post, #5 South Bend, #7 Attachment Rate.
Race 10) #3 New Year, #4 Stock Trade, #6 Crypto Gold, #7 Noble Hope.
Race 11) #2 Soldado, #4 Spinoff, #5 Global Campaign, #9 Yorkton.
Race 12) #7 W W Archie, #8 With a Bit of Luck, #9 Annualized.
Total Ticket Cost) 3,5,7/3,4,6,7/2,4,5,9/7,8,9 = $72 for $0.50