by Jerry Shottenkirk
May 30, 2021
Golden Gate’s Late Pick Four on Sunday has a couple of allowance optional claiming races that are inviting, particularly the eighth race, which is a 1 1-4-mile event.
The suggested $64 ticket this week takes a 4x4x4x2 approach in a sequence that seems to be evenly matched for the most part.
Here’s a look at the principals involved on this exotic play:
Race 6 (6:50 p.m. ET, claiming)
IZ INVINCIBLE’s form cannot be overlooked (with three straight wins) and he moves up in price. It’ll be a form vs. class battle, and he could be up to the task. LORD WIMBORNE usually makes a late run but forced the issue early last time, mainly because of lack of pace. He’ll get a better setup here. MANY ROSES was a factor at higher levels here last year and makes his first off the claim for Jonathan Wong, who hits at 34 percent in first off claim. MEGAMEISTER has the speed to put himself into the mix from the beginning and can dig in if allowed to set a moderate pace.
Race 7 (7:20 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
I’M A ROCKETTE had solid outings in her last two with a win and a third, and has won going two turns over this strip. CREATIVE ROMANCE missed by a head last time and will be bearing down in the run to the wire. Ran well at a decent level last out. TAKE A TIME OUT was sharp in a maiden win, then fizzled vs. allowance runners on the turf. Back to the main track and can close into this pace. MISS PEAKY BLINDER was fourth in the Cal Oaks last out and broke her maiden two back. Has responded to the switch from southern California to the Bay area.
Race 8 (7:50 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
MULHOLLAND HIGHWAY drops out of a 1 7-8-mile turf race at Turf Paradise and shortens to 1 1-4 miles. Won here in February. AUTUSMS WORLD has never been the distance but it bred to run forever on the front end. OF GOOD REPORT was third in a tough spot last time and looks to be on the improve. Has not been the distance but the pedigree says he’s a candidate. GALLANT WARREN closed going 1 1-8 miles and had won two straight going into that one.
Race 9 (8:20 p.m. ET, claiming)
TROUBLE N PARADISE romped last time and a repeat win would be no surprise. Is usually well spotted and has won two of her last three and three of her last six. SIMPLY PERFECT drops in class and her speed can take her farther than usual in this spot.
Race 6) #1 Iz Invincible, #3 Lord Wimborne, #4 Many Roses, #6 Megameister.
Race 7) #1 I’m a Rockette, #3 Creative Romance, #4 Take a Time Out, #5 Miss Peaky Blinder.
Race 8) #3 Mulholland Highway, #4 Autisms World, #5 Of Good Report, #7 Gallant Warren.
Race 9) #9 Trouble N Paradise, #10 Simply Perfect.
Total Ticket Cost) 1,3,4,6/1,3,4,5/3,4,5,7 with 9-10 = $64 for $0.50