by Jerry Shottenkirk
July 25, 2021
Talented fillies and mares line up for the featured ninth on Gulfstream Park’s card on Sunday, and it’s a group with a lot of possibilities.
The ninth is for distaffers at the optional $25,000 claiming level at 6.5 furlongs.
MISS MIKAELA rates the slight edge here, but when looking at this week’s suggested Late Pick 4 ticket, she’s one of four used from that race.
This week’s ticket has a 2x5x4x3 strategy for $60.
Here’s a look at we take another pop at the Late Pick 4:
7th Race (4:13 p.m. ET, claiming)
INCLUDE THE BEAST has been in front in five of her eight career starts, and the daughter of The Big Beast has given some of her best efforts in her last two, when she was caught late in each.
Has a bullet breeze since her last and is due to win her third race, while others in here are looking for their second. Takes on some older rivals but her speed will put her in good shape to get another victory.
Others on the ticket: LEYENDA
8th Race (4:46 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
ASYMPTOMATIC has started only once, but it came in a maiden special last summer. He finished fourth after he pressed the pace and weakened in the closing furlong.
He gets Lasix for the first time, drops to a maiden-claiming price and gets to stretch out to two turns, which he’s meant to do.
Makes his first start for trainer David Fawkes, moving from Wesley Ward, and looks like the classiest horse. The year off could fall into play and there are several with a chance in this one.
Others on the ticket: UNCLE JAMO, LAZARETTO, KURT’S A KEEPER, ON THE ENGINE.
9th Race (5:19 p.m. ET, starter optional claiming)
The feature is a strong race as several have a legit chance. MISS MIKAELA has bullied their rivals in her last two, as she broke her maiden by 10 lengths and then beat $20K claimers by seven.
She moves up in class but has been deadly on the front end with apprentice Gaddiel Martinez up, who lets her roll.
With so many in good form, it’s tough to whittle down the list as many will be in the hunt.
Others on the ticket: PLAYERA, SHES ALL WOMAN, COREY.
10th Race (5:53 p.m. ET, claiming)
BAD BOY E.J. rallied against moderate fractions last out and finished second off a five-month layoff. He had plenty of works and makes his second start for trainer John Vinson. Has had many chances to get past the ‘non-winners of two’ level but may have found his level today.
It’s hard to trust a horse with a poor record, especially one that does its best running off the pace, but you can expect him to make a late impact.
Others on the ticket: DILIGENT, MONY.
Race 7) #2 Include the Beast, #4 Leyenda.
Race 8) #2 Asymptomatic, #4 Uncle Jamo, #6 Lazaretto, #7 Kurt’s a Keeper, #8 On the Engine.
Race 9) #4 Miss Mikaela, #5 Playera, #6 Shes All Woman, #7 Corey.
Race 10) #3 Bad Boy E.J., #4 Diligent, #7 Mony,
Total Ticket Cost) 2,4/2,4,6,7,8/4,5,6,7/3,4,7 = $60 for $0.50