by Jerry Shottenkirk
October 25, 2020
The Golden Hour Pick 4 has been a popular play and a good handicapping challenge, and we’re back for another Sunday for the sequence that includes the last two at Santa Anita and the last two at Golden Gate Fields.
The bet has a $1 minimum and has a 15-percent takeout, making it a hit with multi-race players.
Sunday’s action features an allowance optional claiming race and maiden test from Santa Anita, and an allowance race and maiden gathering at Golden Gate.
Here’s a look at the horses included on the $72 suggested play:
Santa Anita Race 10 (8 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming).
HEARTFULLOFSTARS closed in his last three at is set up nicely for the 6.5-furlong encounter. Last win came three races back and while he’ll need some luck with his running style, he’s set for impactful late run.
JAMMING EDDY won his last two – both on turf – and he has several quality dirt-track performances and has the speed to be a danger.
BIG SCOTT DADDY lacked a closing move in a rapid face last time and have a few races on his form that would put him in the hunt. Makes his third start off a 13-month layoff and can improve here.
APPRECIATED just missed with a strong run last out and has been on the board in his last three, with a victory three races back. Probably won’t be as far back early and can become engaged turning for home.
Golden Gate Fields 9 (8:15 p.m. ET, allowance)
NO COVER CHARGE is always a candidate for a gate-to-win triumph and drops out of strong races for this. Has two wins over the strip and figures well here.
LOTSA PEPPER is perfect in two starts, both on the turf. It’s his first all-weather start but several swift workouts indicate he can handle the change in footing.
Santa Anita Race 11 (8:30 p.m. ET, maidens)
MISS ADDIE PRAY has been calling out for more distance and gets a bunch of it today in this 1 1-4-mile turf encounter. She closed well for second going 1 1-8th miles three race and appears to be very well spotted here.
DISAPPEARING ACT closed steadily through the last half-mile and was a strong second last out. Can be closer up going long and should have what it takes to be a factor to the end.
WIND AND HOPE is much improved in her last two and was a half-length behind Disappearing Act at the end. Could be able to grind out the win in this spot.
Golden Gate Fields Race 10 (8:45 p.m., ET, maidens)
BLUE JAYS ships from Santa Anita, where he was fourth in a mile maiden race in January and has worked very well when asked. Looks ready for his first visit to Golden Gate Fields.
I’M A COOL DUDE was second and third in his two starts and stepped up from maiden claiming to maiden special in his latest. Can probably be in contention from the start, but he can also rally if the circumstances dictate it.
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK getting close to a maiden win with third-place finishes in his last two. Has the experience and has closed well in three of five. Legit late threat today.
Here’s the suggested ticket for $1 Golden Hour Pick 4 on Sunday:
SA 10) #1 Heartfullofstars, #3 Jamming Eddy, #6 Big Scott Daddy, #7 Appreciated.
GG 9) #4 No Cover Charge, #8 Lotsa Pepper.
SA 11) #1 Miss Addie Pray, #4 Disappearing Act, #5 Wind and Hope.
GG 10) #4 Blue Jays, #8 I’m a Cool Dude, #9 Bang for Your Buck.
Total Ticket Cost) 1,3,6,7/4,8/1,4,5/4,8,9 = $72 for $1.00