by Jerry Shottenkirk
February 18, 2022
Gulfstream Park’s Saturday Late Pick 4 canvasses races 9-12 and featured on the docket is the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes, which a talented field of six veterans going six furlongs.
The suggested Pick 4 ticket this week amounts to $54, and here’s a look at the players:
9th Race (4:05 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
HIT THE WOAH finished well for third last time in her first start since running in the Riskaverse at Saratoga. She’s had two good works since then and keeps Irad Ortiz, Jr., as the rider.
It will be a free-for-all like most five-furlong turf races, and she has the best chance to make up ground.
Also on the ticket: TRACY ANN’S LEGACY, TREVESS.
10th Race (4:37 p.m. ET, claiming)
ROCKET JOE COPPER’s last start was his first on Tapeta, and he passed that test in fine fashion as he stormed from off the pace and was up in time for his third straight win.
The 9-year-old Iowa-bred has been at Gulfstream for more than a year and he was mostly on turf until his latest. He sticks with synthetic surface and looks like the one to hold off late.
Also on the ticket: DR. SHANE, FARLEY, UHTRED.
11th Race (5:10 p.m. ET, Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes)
MILES AHEAD has an impressive 9-of-17 record over the Gulfstream strip and is working on his third straight win. That could’ve easily been four had he been up in time after a bad start in a handicap. Instead, he was second by a neck.
Few have taken to the surface like the Competitive Edge 5-year-old, and Paco Lopez is aboard and is no stranger to this one.
Also on the ticket: GATSBY, DRAIN THE CLOCK.
12th Race (5:43 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
IRISH KING was a closing fourth in his first start, which came in a Tapeta sprint, and now he should benefit from stretching out and moving to the turf. He’s worked three times since his only start and lands in a spot that will give him a great chance to improve.
Also on the ticket: VERSATILE, QUANTUM THEORY.
Gulfstream Park 50-cent Late Pick 4:
9) #3 Hit the Woah, #7 Tracy Ann’s Legacy, #8 Trevess.
10) #2 Dr. Shane, #3 Farley, #4 Uhtred, #8 Rocket Joe Copper
11) #1 Gatsby, #4 Miles Ahead, #6 Drain the Clock.
12) #2 Irish King, #4 Versatile, #9 Quantum Theory.
The ticket: 3-7-8 with 2-3-4-8 with 1-4-6 with 2-4-9 ($54).