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Sunday, April 11: My Late Pick 4 Ticket at Golden Gate

by Jerry Shottenkirk

April 11, 2021

Here’s hoping Exceed Speed Limit lives up to his name in the finale on Sunday in the Late Pick 4 on the Golden Gate Fields cards. He’s a single on the $64 suggested ticket.
The ticket goes to the other extreme in the seventh race as the ALL button is utilized in the field of eight.
Here’s a look at the sequence that starts at 6:50 p.m. ET:

Race 6 (6:50 p.m. ET, claiming)
FLOAT ON has had the lead in the vast majority of his races and stretches out. He’s bred to stretch out and to run well over grass.
IMA RUMBLER took command and held on well for a maiden win going two turf. He moves to the turf and has the pedigree that could make it happen successfully.
COPPER HALO stretches out and moves to the turf as well. He came home an impressive winner last out and his only grass appearance produced a third-place finish.
COLAVITO goes for his third straight win and is on the turf for the first time since November, when he finished second. Can be a threat for every bit of this one.

Race 7 (7:20 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)

Alma Spirit will probably have the betting support as she was second in her only start. However, there is so much speed in here that anything is possible, especially with a multi-horse battle out front. Therefore, a plunge into ALL is the strategy I’ve taken here.

Race 8 (7:50 p.m. ET, allowance)
LET’S REJOYCE won at Santa Anita three races back and ran a solid third in his first one this year at Golden Gate. He’s been on the board in all six local starts.

SQUARE DEAL just missed after a difficult head-and-head battle and will be a headache for others attempting to get the early lead. Turns back to 5.5 furlongs and that could be what it takes here.

THE LITTLE H MAN showed a good closing move in his last two races and will make a run.
TORPEDO AWAY faltered last time but has a chance to secure a perfect stalking position.

Race 9 (8:20 p.m. ET, maidens)
EXCEED SPEED LIMIT ran well in both starts, first on the first end (when he held on for third) and most recently from just off the pace (when he closed for second). Get Kyle Frey (27 percent) aboard and can time it right in this one. Worthy of being a single on the ticket.

My Ticket

Race 6) #2 Float On, #3 Ima Rumbler, #5 Copper Halo, #7 Colavito.

Race 7)
ALL (8 horses)

Race 8)
#1 Let’s Rejoyce, #3 Square Deal, #5 The Little H Man, #6 Torpedo Away.

Race 9)
#3 Exceed Speed Limit

Total Ticket Cost) 2,3,5,7/ALL (8 horses)/1,3,5,6/3 = $64 for $0.50