by Frank Carulli
April 28, 2021
LEG A // PIMLICO // RACE 8 (4:34PM ET) // OPTIONAL CLAIMING // 5 1/2 FURLONGS (DIRT)
DALTON, second in back-to-back 6F stakes as a 2-year-old, is clearly the one to beat if ready for his seasonal debut, but it's anybody's race if he doesn't win, so we're going 4-deep on the ticket.
LEG B // GULFSTREAM // RACE 9 (4:48PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 7 1/2 FURLONGS (TURF)
JAZZY T took serious money and set the pace in a longer turf route before tiring in her debut. Her dam, Very Very, finished first or second in 9 of 24 starts on the turf. MARICOPA earned a competitive speed figure for a higher claiming price three starts back on soft footing, then ran second in a pair of follow-up 7F dirt sprints.
LEG C // PIMLICO // RACE 9 (5:10PM ET) // CLAIMING // 5 FURLONGS (TURF)
NAUTICAL NATURE, overmatched in his last two starts on the main track, led to the stretch on a 'good' turf in the fall and can make good use of his speed in this spot. DAYSTRIKE couldn't break through at the $5,000/nw3 level on dirt, but he could awaken with a 19/3-2-5 turf record and nearly $100,000 in earnings. TALE OF E DUBAI finished 1-2 in 23 of 47 starts but he's 1-7 on grass and probably will be an underlay.
LEG D // SANTA ANITA // RACE 3 (5:15PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 1 MILE (DIRT)
CIRCLE OF HONOR dueled for a half-mile with the winning favorite, then re-engaged for the stretch drive after he relinquished the lead. He held to finish a clear second, earning top billing in here. CURIOUS INJI, working well for his return from a 3-month layoff, stalked and faded in his first main-track try at 6-1/2F. The winner of that race came back to romp in a one mile starter allowance.
LEG E // GOLDEN GATE // RACE 3 (5:30PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 1 MILE (TURF)
SPACE ODESSEY tracked stretch-out sprinter Stormin Galileo while 3-wide, came under a hard drive on the turn, then surged late to finish second. That being said, use a pair of stretch-out sprinters trying turf for the first time. The dam of heavily-bet main track entrant THEY'RE GRREAT was 1-3 on grass with a 6F starter allowance romp, while the sire of HEFTY GARCIA was a multiple graded stakes-winning router.
SUGGESTED $1 STRONACH 5 TICKET
Leg A: 1, 6, 7, 8
Leg B: 6, 10
Leg C: 3, 7, 8
Leg D: 6, 7
Leg E: 2, 4, 6