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Una Luna Tough Customer in Gulfstream Pick 5 Opener

by Jerry Shottenkirk

August 8, 2019

Hard to look past the first horse in the first race on the Saturday card at Gulfstream Park.

Jumping right off the page in the Pick 5 is Una Luna, the rail draw in the first race. The primary money maker of the Jose Gallegos barn won two straight at this level and then was boldly put into the Treasure Coast Stakes. The Dunkirk filly rallied just off the pace and was getting to eventual winner Lady Alida. In her first stakes effort, she was nearly four lengths ahead of the third-place finisher. 

Looks like a “go” in her return to $25,000 optional claiming company and despite having lost to a couple of these but has now put herself on a higher plane and is a single on this week’s suggested Pick 5 ticket. Races 2 through 4 also fit in for those looking to play the early Pick 4. With the competitiveness of several of these races, a couple of them need to be whittled down to avoid an out-of-hand ticket price. 

The suggested ticket has two numbers from the fourth race, but the second, third and fifth races require one or two more horses. 

In the second, Fiamma Mamma is the one to beat in her second start, but it’s at the bottom maiden-claiming level and horses with more experience, along with class droppers, will make this one competitive. Eads Bridge, Angelic Knugget and Little Natalia are likely to improve and can present some danger to Fiamma Mamma. 

Forty Sweetheart has been claimed in four consecutive races and has been a factor in plenty, although she hasn’t won since November. Has enough run to compete here, as do Body High and Nikki Bella. 

Vina and Jenna Dawn should be able to settle the fourth race. Vina has been finishing with interest at short distances and likely will be able to finish well under apprentice Cristian Torres, who picks up the mount today. Jenna Dawn fizzled on turf last time but had been in reasonable form on dirt and gets back to the main track. 

The finale comes down to a trio of runners: Arpinella, America’s Simmard and American Ninja. 
American Ninja likely will be closer to the pace this time under Emisael Jaramillo and can be tough at this level. Arpinella was third two back and is usually in the hunt, while America’s Simmard was a close third last time and will be a factor throughout. 

Here’s a suggested ticket for the Pick 5 Saturday at Gulfstream Park: 
1) #1 Una Luna. 
2) #2 Fiamma Mamma, #3 Eads Bridge, #6 Angelic Knugget, #7 Little Natalia. 
3) #3 Body High, #4 Nikki Bella, #6 Forty’s Sweetheart. 
4) #3 Vina, #5 Jenna Dawn. 
5) #3 Arpinella, #4 America’s Simmard, #5 American Ninja. 

50-cent Pick Five: 1 with 2-3-6-7 with 3-4-6 with 3-5 with 3-4-5 ($36).