by Frank Carulli
June 10, 2021
Picks updated due to scratches and track conditions as of 12:00PM ET on Friday, June 11, 2021.
LEG A // PIMLICO, RACE 8 (4:14PM ET) // CLAIMING // 5 FURLONGS (TURF)
Class-dropping OFFICER COUNTRY accounts for the only turf victory in a field that is a combined 1-37 on the grass. MOSBY'S RANGER blew a clear stretch lead and held second on the drop to this level. TYREEK made a move after a slow start but flattened out in the stretch in his first turf go-round.
LEG B // GULFSTREAM, RACE 6 (4:34PM ET) // CLAIMING // 1 MILE (DIRT)
GEGE CONQUEST pulled up and was walked off in his last start five weeks ago. He appears an all-or-nothing type play off his prior start at one mile, when he chased 2-1 winner Dropped Anchor (7/3-3-0, $64k) and finished a clear second second to the next-out, allowance runner-up despite not changing leads. Jockey Gaddiel Martinez has four of his 14 wins at the meet for this barn with a +1.37 return on investment. TONALISM tried one mile for the first time two starts back, dueled for a half-mile with the 8-5 winner and tired in a hand-timed race.
LEG C // GOLDEN GATE, RACE 3 (4:52PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 1 MILE (ALL-WEATHER)
LUCKY LAGS shows a steady work tab in the months following a 'very green' debut effort behind odds-on winner Forefathers Fury, who has done little in four starts since then. He's still worth using at 12-1 for a 27 percent barn. HANDSOME ACCOUNT lacked kick in a 6F sprint dominated by closers, but the son of Grade II winner Capital Account (14/5-4-3, $455k) can improve enough to win in his second start. GOVERNOR'S GAMBLE has speed and the rail and sandwiched a pair of fast workouts around a runner-up finish at the distance.
LEG D // SANTA ANITA, RACE 3 (5:09PM ET) // CLAIMING // 6 FURLONGS (TURF)
BEST OF SHOW, out of stakes-placed turf router Film Critic, progressed steadily through her maiden win at one mile. She will be running late and could spring the upset if speedy fave MAGESTIC GIGI comes back to the pack. NAVY QUEEN dueled on the outside through the turn in a long sprint, battled to take a late lead between calls and finished second.
LEG E // GULFSTREAM, RACE 8 (5:36PM ET) // CLAIMING // 7 FURLONGS (DIRT)
Plenty of angles to look at in this speed-laden field. Among them: KAREN'S COVE drew away from the troubled favorite and makes his third start of a cycle. DIAMONDS ENJOY steps up after the best performance of his career and he ran well second start off a freshening last fall. OLD TIME REVIVAL, the field's top money earner, benefits from several scratches and could be a forward factor throughout in his first long sprint attempt this year.
SUGGESTED $1 STRONACH 5 TICKET
LEG A: 9, 12, 15
LEG B: 4, 6
LEG C: 1, 2, 5
LEG D: 1, 6
LEG E: 3, 6, 8