by Frank Carulli
May 27, 2021
LEG A // PIMLICO, RACE 9 (4:47PM ET) // CLAIMING // 1 MILE (TURF)
GEARHARD looks best on paper, but with a 1-13 turf record and an outside post, use several runners on the ticket. MY MAN POTS N PANS was eager while tracking the pace in third, bid 3-wide at the top of the stretch and flattened out a bit late in a longer route race.
LEG B // SANTA ANITA, RACE 3 (5:09PM ET) // STARTER ALLOWANCE // 6 FURLONGS (TURF)
Morning-line favorite LALIC just beat three of her rivals under the same conditions. But the race shape will change with the pace presence of several new shooters. That being said, we're using TROUVILLE to upstage a series of in-the-money finishes and longshot ROSES AND CANDY (12-1) to launch a contending rally on the cutback from 6-1/2F.
LEG C // GOLDEN GATE, RACE 3 (5:26PM ET) // MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT // 5 FURLONGS (ALL WEATHER)
All but one of 10 entrants debuts in the California-bred dominated sprint. STAY LIT is by Stay Thirsty, the fourth-leading Cal-bred sire this year with 41 winners from 120 runners, and his dam, Light Striker, was 36/5-5-5 in a stakes-winning career. HIGHLAND GHOST debuts for a 21-percent barn and lures leading jockey Kyle Frey, so include him on the ticket. DIAMOND WILLOW'S connections are 3-9 at the current meet with a positive return on investment if you wagered on all nine to win.
LEG D // GULFSTREAM, RACE 8 (5:36PM ET) // OPTIONAL CLAIMING // 1 MILE (TURF)
Many angles to consider in this turf route. UNA LUNA and EXTRAVAGANT ROSIE are proven grass milers in recent months. FUDDLED, heavily bet in all four 5F sprints and a MSW breaker, tries to carry her speed for the top barn. SNOW SHOWER worked forwardly for her U.S. debut and earned a competitive speed figure after 10 months away.
LEG E // GULFSTREAM, RACE 9 (6:09PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 6 FURLONGS (DIRT)
IZSHEFROSTED, dismissed at 7-2 odds or less in her last four starts for a higher tag, dueled with the 2-1 winner at 7F from mid-turn to the finish, missing by a neck at 7F. It's now or never time to graduate.
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Leg A: 2, 3, 7, 10, 12, 13
Leg B: 5, 7
Leg C: 3, 5, 9
Leg D: 1, 3, 4, 6
Leg E: 4