by Jerry Shottenkirk
April 19, 2019
Garter and Tie is the late energy in the Roar Stakes Saturday at Gulfstream Park, and if you seek pace setups for closers, this could be right up your alley.
A seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds, the Roar Stakes includes several speedy types that are limited in experience and a couple that have been through the wars.
The Roar Stakes is a quality $75,000 race, but Garter and Tie has been much better. Trainer Ralph Nicks, who has hit 40 percent (4 of 10) over the past week at Gulfstream, has the Brooks ‘n Down colt ready after some good efforts during the Championship Meet. Garter and Tie was limited mostly to Florida-bred races last year and compiled a 6-2-2-1 record for $273,100. The Jacks Or Better Farm homebred took on open rivals in the Smooth Air Stakes with a neck win and then was 3rd in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes.
His connections tried him against fellow Kentucky Derby hopefuls in his last year, and he tailed off in graded company. He was sixth in the G2 Holy Bull and most recently tired to 10th in the G1 Florida Derby.
Garter and Tie lines up against seven other sprinters and five of those will want the lead, including Gladiator King, upset winner of the G3 Hutcheson for trainer Jaime Mejia.
The Roar is the 3rd leg of the late Pick 4 and goes as the 11th of 12 races. It’s a grouping of competitive races and likely will take a sizable investment to achieve. The suggested ticket here goes the 4x3x3x4 route for a $72 investment.
Here’s the suggested ticket for the late Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park for Saturday:
Race 9) #4 Saint Michael, #5 Zalza, #7 K C Twostep, #12 Black Pepper.
Race 10) #3 Codeseventyseven, #4 Thorpe d’Oro, #10 America’s Simmard.
Race 11) #3 Garter and Tie, #4 Promo Code, #8 Bronzed.
Race 12) #5 Maturin, #7 Live Like Larry, #9 Wheeler Forty Five, #12 Temple.
50-cent Pick 4: 4-5-7-12 with 3-4-10 with 3-4-8 with 5-7-9-12 ($72)