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Sunshine Millions Classic a free-for-all in Gulfstream Pick 4

by Jerry Shottenkirk

January 19, 2019

Saturday is Sunshine Millions Day at Gulfstream Park and two of the four stakes are in the Late Pick 4, which gives the closing part of the card quite a punch.

The late Pick 4 incudes the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Stakes (10th race) and the Sunshine Million Classic (11th) and each is loaded. Earlier in the card, the fleet XY Jet heads the field in the Sprint Stakes (4th) and accomplished distance performers go in the Turf Stakes (6th).

There’s plenty to like about the Pick 4, including a salty allowance race to kick off the sequence and a solid $16,000 claiming turf race to end it in the 12th.

The 9th is a tremendous seven-furlong allowance race that including a Chad Brown trainee who was very impressive in his only start, which came over the Gulfstream strip. On March 17, 2018, he rolled from just off the pace and won going away. He’s had a work tab since early November and it looks like the time is right for his return. He’s definitely worthy of being on the suggested ticket but is not alone. Articulator was second in his last two and claimed for $50,000 by the Jorge Navarro barn. He was second in his only local appearance and looks ready to revert to the form he had at Oaklawn, where he won three races last year.

The Filly and Mare Stakes is a challenge for fans of Starship Jubilee, who won this race last year. She rates the edge on paper and is a must-use on the ticket, but out of the No. 13 post is she a single? Can’t go there on this ticket. Several others are in good form and can get favorable trips. Also on this ticket are Picara, Warrantly, Florida Fuego and Southern Sis. An upset of the favorite Starship Jubilee can set up a good overall payoff.

The Classic is another strong challenge to your ticket-making skills. Forevamo, Mr. Jordan, Noble Drama and Souper Tapit are worthy of inclusion. Forevamo won the Zia Championship in November and Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen sent him in from his Fair Grounds headquarters.

Mr. Jordan usually runs well at Gulfstream and it’s always a tough decision to throw him out, so we won’t. Noble Drama looks like the best closing threat and should get a favorable pace setup. Also, Souper Tapit comes in off an easy score in a race that came off the turf. He sticks to the main track and can carve out a good trip here.

Claimers on the turf round out the card and the trio of Tweet Kitten, Neoclassic and Cut to Order all have a late turn of foot and will be the key players in the charge to the wire.

Here’s the suggested ticket for the late Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park:
Race 9) #1 Central Command, #4 Articulator.
Race 10) #2 Picara, #4 Warranty, #6 Florida Fuego, #10 Southern Sis, #13 Starship Jubilee. 
Race 11) #2 Forevamo, #4 Mr. Jordan, #6 Noble Drama, #8 Souper Tapit.
Race 12) #3 Tweet Kitten, #8 Neoclassic, #12 Cut to Order.
50-cent Pick 4: 1-4 with 2-4-6-10-13 with 2-4-6-8 and 3-8-12 ($60)