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Sunday, April 18: My Early Pick 4 Ticket Sunday at Golden Gate

by Jerry Shottenkirk

April 18, 2021

We basically turn the Golden Gate fields upside down this week for the Pick 4 offering on Sunday as the early Pick Four looks like a better target from start to finish than does its late counterpart.

The early offering begins with the second race (4:50 p.m. ET) and ends with the fifth (6:20 p.m. ET). The sequence includes a maiden claiming race, a maiden special event, a claiming race and ends with a group of starter allowance runners.

The suggested $54 Pick Four ticket looks like this:

Race 2 (4:50 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)

IN THE WIND improved to third in her first over the strip and was claimed by Jonathan Wong, who is moving along with a 32-percent success rate in first-after-claim. It was a bargain basement price of $8,000 for a Big Blue Kitten filly that originally sold for $130,000. She’s in good hands when it comes to potential improvement.

NEW WAYS TO DREAM moved up from sixth to third during a six-furlong race last out and she looks ready to stretch out off that last one. Can be in close attendance of the pace throughout.

COLD BREW KELLY is a homebred daughter of the legend California Chrome and has been second and third in her last two. Has never been a mile on the main track and should fit nicely at the distance as well as the class level.

Race 3 (5:20 p.m. ET, maidens)

GHOSTLY GAL closed to third going two turns on turf and gets back to the main track after showing improvement in all three races. Looks ready for a big effort.

MISCHIEF FREE hasn’t lived up to her original cost of $210K but looks ready to turn a corner here. Moves back to the main track and a gradual rally can put her in a good spot late.

DAMN THE TORPEDOES tried two tough groups of maidens on turf at Santa Anita and should be able to improve in the change in venue and surface.

MOART lands in a good place for her first career start. The Uncle Mo filly will make a run for Michael McCarthy, who is 6 of 13 (48 percent) locally.

Race 4 (5:50 p.m. ET, claiming)

NORTHERN GEM was in the hunt throughout her latest and stayed for fourth. Has been competitive going two turns and gives it a go on turf today. Pedigree says she should be able to handle it.

RIGHTEOUSLY has a nose for the wire and was up in time in her latest. Stretches out and goes onto the grass, and neither of those elements is beyond her reach.

PROOF OF JAZZ will be a headache for any others with designs on getting the early lead since she wired a sprint field in her latest. Tried the distance two back and was fourth. Could be able to carry it on out in this one.

Race 5 (6:20 p.m. ET, starter allowance)

LA VIKINA looked like a winner against similar last time but gave up the lead driving to the wire. Has been right there in all five career starts and it could be detrimental to leave her off your ticket.

JANERO ROSE improved position to third against these last time and is getting better with experience. A quick pace to chase could put her over the top.

CANAM GAL romped over maiden claimers in her debut and can get a perfect stalking trip.

Golden Gate Fields Late Pick 4 on Sunday:
50-cent Late Pick 4:

Race 2) #3 In the Wind, #5 New Ways to Dream, #6 Cold Brew Kelly.

Race 3) #2 Ghostly Gal, #3 Mischief Free, #4 Damn the Torpedoes, #5 Moart.

Race 4) #4 Northern Gem, #5 Righteously, #7 Proof of Jazz.

Race 5) #1 La Vikina, #4 Janero Rose, #6 Canam Gal.

Total Ticket Cost) 3,5,6/2,3,4,5/4,5,7/1,4,6 ($54) for $0.50