by Frank Carulli
June 17, 2021
Five races, spanning three tracks and 75 minutes. A $1 wager with a low 12-percent takeout and a mandatory payout. If you haven't played the Stronach 5 yet, this week is a good time to start. Here's a look at the lineup of races:
LEG A // PIMLICO, RACE 7 (3:45PM ET) // CLAIMING // 1 1/16 MILE (TURF)
POSTERITY followed the move of the winner and finished with a 7-wide flourish for second at 41-1 odds. APRECIADO took money in his first start locally and closed well between rivals, while no match for Posterity. LUCKY RAMSEY was outrun in a 2X allowance two starts back but merits longshot consideration with 18 first- or second-place finishes in 33 starts on turf.
LEG B // GULFSTREAM, RACE 5 (4:03PM ET) // MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT // 5 FURLONGS (DIRT)
LIGHTENING LARRY ran second to a 6-to-5 firster despite not changing leads in the stretch and is a must use against all debut runners today. FOREVER SOUPER is by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and his dam, Mighty Souper, was stakes-placed as a 3-year-old. Trainer Carlos David and jockey Emisael Jaramillo are 28 percent as a team in the last year, mandating a play on OCTANE, whose dam, Star Recruit (27/5-7-4) was a multiple Grade 3 winner and $800,000 earner.
LEG C // PIMLICO, RACE 8 (4:17PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 5 1/2 FURLONGS (DIRT)
GOLDEN G stalked a contested pace in third, circled 3-wide for the stretch drive but settled for second best as the odds-on favorite on a sloppy track.
LEG D // SANTA ANITA, RACE 2 (4:30PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 1 1/16 MILES (DIRT)
Not sold on favorite SUMMER ROSE at 8-5 after she drifted late and blew a clear stretch lead in a 5-horse field. Not sure where else to look, so go five-deep in this leg of the Stronach 5.
LEG E // SANTA ANITA, RACE 3 (5:00PM ET) // MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT // 6 FURLONGS (TURF)
TALKLESSWORKMORE, one of five first-time starters entered, is by Summer Front, a multiple graded stakes winner on grass, and his dam, Talk Less Run More, won in the only start of her career. CONSTANT CONFLICT chased a fleet-footed first-out winner after he was bumped at the break. He 'lost contact' on the turn, then re-rallied for third. HOT SPOT has kept a busy and steady work tab for a barn looking to put the finishing touches on a big meet, so use him on the ticket at 12-1.
SUGGESTED $1 STRONACH 5 TICKET
Leg A: 1, 7, 8
Leg B: 5, 6, 9
Leg C: 6
Leg D: 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
Leg E: 4, 11, 12