by Jerry Shottenkirk
September 19, 2020
Gulfstream Park puts out some inviting Late Pick 4 action on Sunday, and it’s hard not to accept that invitation.
Maidens, starter allowance runners and two sets of claiming races make up the sequence, which has its challenging leg right off the pace. Maidens going long on turf in the seventh race bring a lot possibilities, and that’s the biggest spread on this week’s card, which follows a 5x2x3x3 plan for a $45 total on the 50-cent exotic play.
Here’s how I see it playing out:
Race 7 (3:22 p.m. ET, maidens)
LIAMS STAR is a first-timer with plenty of works and heads in looking like he has a good chance in the career curtain raiser. The Mike Maker barn wins everywhere and is 21 percent here.
RAULITO ran evenly, where is fairly common for horses that debut in two-turn races. The experience should help and he’ll probably show a good late run.
KING BUDDHA ran evenly in his debut, which was at five furlongs. He’ll be tested to get the distance but is bred to go on the front end and could be the one to catch.
CALLSUMONEWHEOCARES was a beaten third on dirt going short, is bred to run much longer and should be able to handle the turf.
GOLOVKIN ran a solid third under these conditions last time after having an uneventful run on dirt. Tough if he runs back to his latest.
Race 8 (3:55 p.m. ET, claiming)
SAYS ADIOS was claimed by Bob Hess, Jr., off a runner-up finish at this same level last time and has been on the board in seven straight. Loves the front end and have the target on her back throughout.
SOLID AS A ROCK is rapid and if circumstances put her on the front end, that would make her difficult to catch. Could be the one to take over if the top one falters.
Race 9 (4:27 p.m. ET, starter optional claiming)
GRAN OLD PARR showed speed in all of her races except her last one, when she was left far back and make a strong run for fourth. Makes her second off the claim by Maker and the ability to be a factor off the pace if needed can only help.
SASSY BUT SMART was fourth in the Grade 3 Palm Beach two back and fits well at this level.
REMASTER ran on well last out and has been very effective at this distance. Can carve out a good trip, as usual.
Race 10 (4:59 p.m. ET, claiming)
TREVESS tired from early efforts on turf last time and returns to the turf, where he was a contender at higher levels than this.
REITERATE was claimed by Sanchez and takes a slight drop for this first for the new barn. Has exceptional speed for this level and can take it to them early.
MATRACA stalked throughout and couldn’t get the leader last out and should get a good pace setup here.
Race 7) #4 Liams Star, #6 Raulito, #7 King Buddha, #9 Callsumonewhocares, #11 Golovkin.
Race 8) #3 Say Adios, #6 Solid as a Rock.
Race 9) #3 Gran Old Parr, #5 Sassy But Smart, #9 Remaster,
Race 10) #2 Trevess, #6 Reiterate, #7 Matraca.
Total Ticket Cost) 4,6,7,9,11/3,6/3,5,9/2,6,7 = $45 for $0.50