by Jerry Shottenkirk
June 6, 2021
Golden Gate has only one week of racing remaining after this one, meaning there are a few more chances to harvest some Late Picks Fours. Sunday’s sequence is in the normal slot of races six through nine and includes a couple of claiming races, a starter allowance and an allowance event.
Here’s a look at the suggested $75 ticket:
Race 6 (6:50 p.m. ET, starter allowance)
RESPECT THE HUSTLE is having a good year with a three of five record. Comes off a courageous score and stays on turf. POUR ON THE COLE drops out of an allowance and runs a shorter distance; gets back to good form here. SHOT OF A LIFETIME missed by a nose after setting the pace last out. Can be in close attendance throughout and turns back in distance by a sixteenth.
Race 7 (7:20 p.m. ET, claiming)
LINGUA FRANCA rallied mildly for this last out and could sustain a strong bid against this group. GRAY GEM stretches out after setting the pace in a sprint last out; has a chance to cruise on the front end and could be difficult to catch. MOONLIGHT BLUE should be able to get a perfect stalking trip just off the leader and could capture this with a well-timed move. CURRY NATION ran on for second last out and is getting closer to getting it done; can benefit from the pace. AIGLE drops to his lowest level and could wake up in this spot; should be able to show an energetic stretch run.
Race 8 (7:50 p.m. ET, allowance)
ON RAGLAN ROAD was up in time against claimers last out and gets back to the allowance ranks; tough if he runs back to that effort. CLAIM OF PASSION improved position against a slow pace last out and should get a better scenario for his late move. DESCARTES will vie for pacesetting duties and comes off a second against good company. READY SAY GO occasionally fires late and he could get the pace he needs. GAUGUIN didn’t respond in his first local spot but has several races on his form that would make him a factor here.
Race 9 (8:20 p.m. ET, claiming)
NIGHT GIG was highly impressive as he closed well and won going away in a starter allowance last out. Good in his last four and will be difficult to beat. CANNONBALL COMIN could be the one to do it as he comes in with solid form and was third at this level last out; always in the hunt.
Race 6) #1 Respect the Hustle, #3 Pour On the Cole, #5 Shot of a Lifetime.
Race 7) #3 Lingua Franca, #4 Gray Gem, #5 Moonlight Blue, #6 Curry Nation, #7 Aigle.
Race 8) #2 On Raglan Road, #4 Claim of Passion, #7 Descartes, #8 Ready Say Go, #10 Gauguin.
Race 9) #3 Night Gig, #5 Cannonball Comin.
Total Ticket Cost) 1,3,5/3,4,5,6,7/2,4,7,8,10/3,5 = $75 for $0.50