by Jerry Shottenkirk
August 1, 2021
Golden Gate ends its brief season on Sunday, and the Late Pick 4 on closing day looks inviting.
The Albany, Calif., track will have another short meeting Aug. 6-15 and then will finish with a longer stand Aug. 27-Oct. 3.
Today’s Late Pick 4 runs from races 6-9 and includes a maiden special weight with an intriguing southern California first-timer, a claiming event, an allowance feature, and a claiming race to end the day.
Here’s a look at we give it a go in the Late Pick 4:
6th Race (7:15 p.m. ET, maiden special weight)
OMNIA VINCIT is a Curlin first-timer from Michael McCarthy’s stable and despite not having fast works has a long list of steady drills and his connections have chosen to see his initial start on Tapeta.
McCarthy has 30-percent on All-Weather, but is seven percent on first timers. Despite that, the journey from southern California indicates he’s giving it a go in his colt’s debut. He’s not running against Baffert firsters and lands in a good spot here.
Others on the ticket: CHARLOTTE HARBOR.
7th Race (7:45 p.m. ET, claiming)
HONOS MAN just missed at Pleasanton and was claimed by Howey. Veteran Frank Alvarado gets the ride as this one goes ‘blinkers off’.
He last won in 2020 and was in against much higher levels at Del Mar and Santa Anita before moving to the Bay Area. He has been on the board in three of four since his arrival, and finished second after rallied against a super-slow pace two races back.
He’s poised for another good effort but tackles some other that are in good form as well.
Others on the ticket: COMBAT ZONE, LORD WIMBORNE, KODIACTION.
8th Race (8:15 p.m. ET, allowance)
SMILEFORME returns to Golden Gate after an impressive and quick win at Los Alamitos. He’s won three of four races and moves up to the allowance ranks.
The Wong trainee won for $12,5000 two back at Golden Gate and has a record of three wins and a second in five starts since moving over to the Wong stable. He’s a five-time winner overall and can get a good ground-saving trip. He’ll have to handle a quick crew right next to him but could rate the edge.
Others on the ticket: THE LITTLE H MAN, IN OUR A.
9th Race (8:45 p.m. ET, claiming)
PEQUENO MONTE finished second in two at Pleasanton and returns to where he won his two races. Can get a good trip just off the pace and has shown that he has a knack for improving position late in the game.
The $5,000 claiming level brings together several in good form and looks like the biggest spread race in the sequence.
Others on the ticket: HULA KING, MIKE OPERATOR, MINOSO, HYPERSONIC.
Race 6) #3 Charlotte Harbor, #6 Omnia Vincit.
Race 7) #1 Honos Man, #3 Combat Zone, #5 Lord Wimborne, #6 Kodiaction.
Race 8) #1 Smileforme, #2 The Little H Man, #3 In Our A.
Race 9) #2 Hula King, #3 Pequeno Monte, #6 Mike Operator, #7 Minoso, #8 Hypersonic.
Total Ticket Cost) 3,6/1,3,5,6/1,2,3/2,3,6,7,8 = $60 for $0.50