by Jerry Shottenkirk
September 12, 2020
My weekly Pick 4 Tour returns to Gulfstream Park on Sunday and we’re faced with a particularly challenging Late Pick 4, led by a solid allowance optional claiming race at a mile around the turn.
My suggested $60 ticket features five horses chosen in the ninth race, which is the third in the sequence. The seventh race also necessitated a spread as four were deemed worthy of inclusion on the Pick 4 card.
Here’s a look at this week’s suggested ticket:
Race 7 (3:06 p.m. ET, maidens)
BIG VENEZUELA has a nice drill after a series of works and is ready for his debut. DOO WOP DON pressed for a half-mile and tired late in his debut. Eligible to improve. CARSON CITY KID had the lead in each of his two races and can mix it up early. MASTER OF DISASTER has worked well for his debut and is bred to scoot.
Race 8 (3:40 p.m. ET, claiming)
STARSHIP TAXI is going to get past this non-winners of two condition at some point, and today looks like a prime spot for him. Always seems to be the hunt and he just needs to finish the deal. YES FOR LESS rallied boldly for second at this level two races back, fizzled for a bigger price on turf and is now back to a bottom sprint. Take seriously. ACASEADAY showed speed at a higher level in Tampa. Comes back off a six-month vacation and can be a big threat for this claiming tag.
Race 9 (4:14 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
INDIMAAJ moves over to the main track after a couple of attempts at this level. A stalking run could be the ticket for this one. CREA’S BKLYN LAW made a solid move from off the pace and just missed last out and had won two straight going into that one. Doesn’t have many bad ones on his form. FIFTH TITLE beat Crea’s Brkyn Law two back and was second to tough Glory of Florida last out. At the top of his game. LIKE YOU has been in good form since March and has the talent to mix it up throughout. Has been in fast races and his efforts should transfer nicely into this spot. YOUCANTCATCHCURLIN moves into stronger company after an easy win. Has taken two of his last three and can run into contention.
Race 10 (4:48 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
ANIMA D’OR has been impressive in the late going as he transferred his game to the turf. Gets his first opportunity going two turns, which should work out well. UNCAGE THE CAT had a lead in a similar situation last out and stuck around for second. Capable of dictating the terms of this one.
Here’s the suggested ticket for Saratoga’s Late Pick 4 on Sunday:
Race 7) #3 Big Venezuela, #4 Doo Wop Don, #7 Carson City Kid, #9 Master of Disaster.
Race 8) #3 Starship Taxi, #4 Yes for Less, #8 Acaseaday.
Race 9) #1 Indimaaj, #2 Crea’s Bklyn Law, #3 Fifth Title, #5 Like You, #6 Youcantcatchcurlin.
Race 10) #2 Anima d’Or, #6 Uncage the Cat.
50-cent Late Pick 4: 3-4-7-9 with 3-4-8 with 1-2-3-5-6 with 2-6 ($60).