by Frank Carulli
June 3, 2021
LEG A // PIMLICO, RACE 8 (4:15PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 1 1/8 MILES (TURF)
With eight runners scratched and the race switched from turf to dirt, TIPYOURHATTOTHAT becomes today's solo play. He finished second three times going a route of ground and should control the pace throughout.
LEG B // GULFSTREAM, RACE 6 (4:34PM ET) // CLAIMING // 5 FURLONGS (TURF)
MISSING LINK has thrived in this dual condition, wiring the field in 4 of her last 5 starts. She got away easy on the lead last time and will be undervalued, but our hopes of hitting the Stronach 5 will rest largely on her. UNCAPTURED HEART carried her speed the distance in her turf debut with second-time Lasix and is a late add-on to the ticket. RASMALAI will get alot of support off a well-bet debut victory, but note that she benefitted greatly when the race favorite was bumped into the rail by the second favorite, essentially eliminating both runners from contention.
LEG C // SANTA ANITA, RACE 3 (5:09PM ET) // MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT // 1 MILE (TURF)
SUNSHINE BABE, a bit fractious in the gate, made a run to the lead late on the final turn but was no match for the rallying 6-to-5 favorite at 1-1/8 miles. SO VERY SMART switches to turf off the O'Neill claim. She was well-backed last out, launched a 3-wide bid from far back at the half-mile pole and was fanned 7-wide in the stretch. MENSA ON TAP finished in the money in her last two grass miles and ran okay from post 10 prior to that.
LEG D // GOLDEN GATE, RACE 3 (5:23PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 1 MILE (TURF)
SUMMER FUN steadily faded while under urging in his 7F seasonal debut on the Santa Anita dirt, but he could take some catching from the rail if he fires his best shot. DRASARIO exited MSW company, battled up front in a pair of longer turf routes and settled for third both times. He was pestered by a 45-1 longshot last out and just missed after a stretch-long duel with the odds-on favorite.
LEG E // GULFSTREAM, RACE 8 (5:36PM ET) // OPTIONAL CLAIMING // 5 FURLONGS (TURF)
BREAKTHROUGH willingly chased the favorite through rapid splits until he gave way at the sixteenth pole. He appears the speed of the speed in here and offers good value. AWESOME BEACH back-pedaled in a fast-paced dirt sprint, but he worked a pair of bullets since them and makes his grass debut after he was entered in a pair of turf-to-dirt sprints last fall. HALCYON DIGEST steadied briefly into the far turn and rallied inside to finish third -- ahead of Breakthrough -- on the cutback from one mile.
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Leg A: 5
Leg B: 1 2, 8
Leg C: 3, 4, 6
Leg D: 1, 6
Leg E: 2, 4, 5