by Jerry Shottenkirk
June 13, 2021
We bid farewell to the Golden Gate Fields meeting today, and in doing so, we take a pop at the mandatory payout in the Golden Pick Six. The track also has mandatory payouts in the Rolling Super High Five and the two Pick 5 pools.
The 20-cent Golden Pick Six runs during the last six races on the special 12-race closing day card.
Here’s a suggested $76.80 ticket for the sequence:
Race 7 (6:45 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
EL BEAUTIFUL came up empty in his first in more than 20 months and drops from maiden special to $8,000 maiden claiming. Has the speed to gain good position from the outside and bug rider Jose Rodriguez will let him roll. This lower maiden-claiming race is a challenge at the beginning of the sequence, and spreading out is the way to go here.
Also on the ticket: SPEEDY TOM, ALIBI FOR MISCHIEF, SEATTLE SEA YA.
Race 8 (7:15 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
If you can find a flaw in UNION DANCE, your digging skills are impressive. Beginning in February, the Isidro Tamayo-trained Unionize gelding has picked up the winning habit, having taken four straight races, including a pair of starter allowances and the last two in allowance optional claiming events. He’s put himself in perfect situation just off the lead and has been able to close it out.
Also on the ticket: KAZAN.
Race 9 (7:45 p.m. ET, maiden)
A.P. PHAROAH ended 2020 with what was likely his best career effort, which came at Santa Anita. He also has a third to his credit. Peter Miller took over the trained for one start at Del Mar before the latest. The American Pharoah colt has trained exceptionally well and will be hard for others to handle in this one.
Also on the ticket: FROST WARNING.
Race 10 (8:15 p.m. ET, claiming)
DEE GEE last won in February and was claimed by Isidro Tamayo that day and has tried higher levels since then. She is back to ‘non-winners of two company’ and enters off a closing second against slow fractions. It was her first two-turn attempt and gave a good effort. A more legit pace can play into her game plan today.
Also on the ticket: ROSE PRINCESS, NICOLE GRACE, TOTALLY NORMAL.
Race 11 (8:45 p.m. ET, allowance)
Stepped up to this level from claiming company and delivered a good second in a fast race last time out. Has performed well without the lead in his last two races and with that new approach looks like a better horse. His last win came two races back, when he stalked a leader and pounced in the stretch. Any of his last three races would make him a power player here.
Also on the ticket: R M C HOOK ‘EM, THE LITTLE H MAN.
Race 12 (9:15 p.m. ET, maiden)
LADY CROCKER moves up the coast from Santa Anita and was third for upper maiden claiming two races back. The Curlin filly has taken on some decent company and should regain a late kick as she turns back to six furlongs after running longer on grass as well and dirt.
Also on the ticket: TORREY’S GIRL.
Golden Gate Fields Golden Pick Six on Sunday:
Race 7) #4 Speedy Tom, #5 Alibi for Mischief, #8 El Beautiful, #9 Seattle Sea Ya.
Race 8) #2 Kazan, #6 Union Dance.
Race 9) #4 A.P. Pharoah, #11 Frost Warning.
Race 10) #1 Rose Princess, #3 Nicole Grace, #5 Totally Normal, #6 Dee Gee.
Race 11) #4 R M C Hook ‘em, #5 Sunrise Journey, #8 The Little H Man.
Race 12) #5 Lady Crocker, #12 Torrey’s Girl.
Total Ticket Cost) 4,5,8,9/2,6/4,11/1,3,5,6/4,5,8/5,12 = $76.80 for $0.20