by Frank Carulli
May 20, 2021
LEG A (4:49PM ET) // PIMLICO, RACE 9 // ALLOWANCE // 5 FURLONGS (TURF)
FORCED tries the turf for a dangerous barn after an eventful return from a 16-month layoff. He rushed up after an awkward break, shook a challenge on the turn and tired in the stretch on a muddy track. NOTHING BETTER returns to grass to begin his 4-year-old season. He dueled inside the favorite when third at 5-1/2F, then set the pace and gave way in a 6F race won by Duress (9/3-3-0, $149k). GODLOVESASINNER will need all the pace flow he can get for a trainer-jockey combo that shows a +2.57 ROI in the last year.
LEG B (4:57PM ET) // GULFSTREAM, RACE 9 // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 7 1/2 FURLONGS (TURF)
LEG B:(Race 9, Gulfstream Park, 4:57 EST) -- Going 5-deep in the leg of the Stronach 5, with a lean toward MARICOPA, who lacked room until mid-turn, swung 5-wide with run but couldn't reach the sharp, front-end winner. UPTOWN QUEEN rallied widest into a fast pace to get beat 2 lengths in a 12-horse field. Not using JAZZY T, who got to the rail early and back-pedaled off a perfect stalking trip against MARICOPA.
LEG C (5:06PM ET) // SANTA ANITA, RACE 3 // OPTIONAL CLAIMING // 6 1/2 FURLONGS (TURF)
ACAI, winless since her debut in May 2019, lands in a dream spot to carry her speed the distance. She beat the 2-to-5 favorite to the lead despite a bumpy start but couldn't hold off the 2-1 winner at 6F on turf last out.
LEG D (5:21PM ET) // GOLDEN GATE, RACE 3 // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 1 MILE (ALL WEATHER)
UJUSTDON'TGET IT set a rated pace, offered some resistance when challenged on the final turn and faded in the stretch. He's worth a price shot in a field of suspect favorites. FINE RED RESERVE was the beaten choice on the stretch-out to one mile but can't be discounted in his second try at the bottom level. MATTAWA N THAT was no match in the stretch for the troubled favorite, settling for his fourth runner-up finish in five starts.
LEG E (537PM ET) // SANTA ANITA, RACE 4 // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 6 FURLONGS (DIRT)
The nine runners entered in this race lost by a combined 179 lengths last out. Trying to beat possible favorite CARELESS KITTEN, who benefited from a 3-way duel when second two starts ago and offered only mild response in a race that came back weak. Use MSW droppers CATFISH CHARLIE and MARKSMAN ON TARGET and throw in longshot CALL NINE ONE ONE, who raced wide after a tardy start against Careless Kitten and finsihed willingly.
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Leg A: 1, 5, 8
Leg B: 1, 2, 6, 11, 12
Leg C: 3
Leg D: 1, 5, 7
Leg E: 2, 3, 7