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Gulfstream Park will offer an all-stakes Pick 4 on Saturday that kicks off with Race 8, the Grade 3 Rampart, at 3:34 p.m. ET, and continues through the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes featuring a full field on the turf.
I will use one of my favorite cost-effective Pick 4 wagering strategies, the spread ticket formula, to play this sequence. It would cost $128 to lump all of my contenders on one ticket, but the spread ticket formula knocks the price down to a more affordable $40.
Race 8 (G3 Rampart, 8f)
Primary – #1 Electric Forest, #2 Tweeting
Secondary – #5 Tequilita, #3 Tapa Tapa Tapa
Comments: #2 Tweeting (8-5) has run well in two starts since moving to the Jorge Navaro barn. She is a logical favorite, but lightly raced Chad Brown trainee #1 Electric Forest (3-1) has more upside. The latter is 2-for-3 and returned with a razor-sharp extended sprint victory over four rivals at Aqueduct on Nov. 1. An inside stalking trip is expected. #5 Tequilita (5-1) is a seven-panel specialist with an affinity for Gulfstream Park. Luis Saez rides her well, and the typically modest work horse drilled a rare bullet on Dec. 10. #3 Tapa Tapa Tapa (5-1) has multiple Tampa Bay Downs bullets in her holster but she might need her first start in more than seven months. Javier Castellano takes the call, and she should be forwardly placed.
GP 9 (G3 My Charmer, 8T)
Primary- #1 Bellavais, #6 La Moneda
Secondary – #9 Special Event, #8 Capla Temptress
Comments: #1 Bellavais (4-1) moved to the Todd Pletcher barn and scored in her first start in more than 11 months at Belmont Park on Oct. 24. She is 4-for-7 in flat mile turf races and rallied to win the Ginger Brew Stakes in her lone local turf try last year. #6 La Moneda (5-1) is a sharp New York shipper with a 4-for-4 record at this distance. The New York-bred mare faces better horses today. #9 Special Event (8-1) was in good form when switched to turf in the spring/summer before tailing off and getting a breather. Irad Ortiz Jr. takes the call, and I like this distance for her. #8 Capla Temptress (7-2) should appreciate this shorter trip, but I am not sure how good she is. She is 0-for-5 this year and he lone win since arriving from Great Britain was the 2017 Natalma at Woodbine.
GP 10 (G3 Sugar Swirl, 6f)
Primary – #3 Bronx Beauty, #7 Dream Pauline
Secondary – #2 Awestruck, #4 Stormy Embrace
Comments: #7 Dream Pauline (4-1) would be a great bet at 4-1, but that is a pipe dream. She is likely to be the favorite and has plenty of upside in just her fourth start. She is a solid win contender, but I will go with #3 Bronx Beauty (3-1) on top. There is not much pace for a race of this quality and my top choice should make her presence felt throughout. She is 5-for-8 lifetime, cuts back to her winning distance, and pilot Luis Saez booted her home the lone time her rode her in a stakes race at Penn National in 2017. #2 Awestruck (2-1) will almost certainly not be the favorite in this spot. She might move up in her third start after a layoff but this distance might be a tad sharp for her. #4 Stormy Embrace (3-1) is 4-for-8 at Gulfstream and she will probably press the pace.
GP 11 (G2 Fort Lauderdale, 9T)
Primary – #7 Almaanar, #12 Zulu Alpha
Secondary – #10 Divisidero, #14 Inspector Lynley
Comments: #7 Almanaar (10-1) failed to put his best foot forward in back-to-back flat mile Grade 1 starts on good turf this fall. This longer trip should be to his liking, and he can compete here if he runs back to his local victory in the Gufstream Park Turf at this distance last year. He also ran well in a neck defeat in the local Fort Lauderdale in 2017, and he finished nicely for the place in the Arlington Million earlier this year. He needs firm turf. #12 Zulu Alpha (12-1) has three wins and a neck defeat in his last four turf routes. Irad Ortiz Jr. hops aboard, and he is not out of this. #10 Divisidero (6-1) seems to do his best work at Churchill Downs, and that would help explain his big effort in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at 43-1 from post 13. He likes this distance and is classy and fast enough to compete here. #14 Inspector Lynley (15-1) usually puts in a decent late run for Shug McGaughey. The post is not good and I am not sure about this distance either. He needs to work out a trip under Jose Ortiz.