by Jerry Shottenkirk
March 28, 2021
The Late Pick 4 Sunday at Gulfstream Park looks like it could be a good sequence for trainer Bill Mott -- at least the first half of it, anyway.
The Hall of Famer has tough runners in the ninth and 10th races, which are the first two of the exotic play.
Spotters Hill look strong in the ninth in his career debut and it's no secret that Mott runners do better in the second start. If that's the case here, Spotters Hill be getting his picture taken. Endorsed is in allowance race in the second leg and comes off a solid second. He's in with a classy group but can be tough if he runs back to his last one.
Here's a look at the sequence, along with a suggested $40 play.
9th Race (3:16 p.m. ET, maidens)
SPOTTERS HILL set the pace and settled for second in his debut and the French-bred colt doesn’t have to show much improvement to get the job done.
10th Race (3:48 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
ENDORSED has a good chance to make it back-to-back wins for Mott. He moved up with a sharp third in his second one off a layoff and is likely to be stronger this go-round. It probably won’t hurt that he turns back from a mile to seven furlongs.
LUDINGTON goes for his third straight and moved well up in class in his latest. Is hitting peak form and while he doesn't seem as classy as some of the others, his streak can't be ignored.
PHAT MAN has been in graded stakes in six of his last seven races and his last win came in the Fred Hooper Stakes in 2020. He was fifth in the G2 Gulfstream Mile last out and gets a big drop in class.
LEXITONIAN is a class act and was second in the G1 Bing Crosby. The only thing that could make him vulnerable is a five-month layoff. Outstanding sprinter, and if they all run their best here, he wins.
11th Race (4:22 p.m. ET, claiming)
PIONEER MAN comes off a second and was claimed by Mike Maker. Stays as the same level and will be force.
FIG JELLY makes his second off the claim by Kelly Breen. He's back to two turns and can be in the hunt from the outset.
IMPERIAL MISSION held on for fourth after being pressed early. Likely to get a better trip today.
SALUTE THE COLONEL woke up a bit and finished fifth last time, thanks to a group to this level. He's been successful in much tougher races and could regain good form.
STREET COPPER was a solid second against similar in what was his best effort in 1.5 years. Big player on the front end.
12th Race (4:54 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
HE AIN’T NO SAINT was second in his last two and can finally graduate if he runs back to either of those races.
YOUNG FLINT showed signs of life in his last attempt on the turf and most recently was a well-beaten second in a race that game off the turf. Probably a late threat here.
WARP SPEED BABY has enough speed and to battle from the beginning and can dig in for a good fight late.
SWEENEY’S CAT drops in class and can make a quick move from the outside post. Can be close throughout.
Gulfstream Park Late Pick 4 for Sunday:
Race 9) #1 Spotters Hill.
Race 10) #1 Endorsed, #2 Ludington,#7 Phat Man, #8 Lexitonian.
Race 11) #1 Pioneer Man, #2 Fig Jelly, #3 Imperial Mission, #4 Salute the Colonel, #7 Street Copper.
Race 12) #1 He Ain’t No Saint, #2 Young Flint, #3 Warp Speed Baby, #8 Sweeney’s Cat.
Total Ticket Cost) 1/1,2,7,8/1,2,3,4,7/1,2,3,8 = $40.