$100,000 All Grass Late Pick 4 Saturday At Golden Gate Fields

$100,000 All Grass Late Pick 4 Saturday At Golden Gate Fields

     Handicappers that fancy themselves as turf specialists will be able to test their skills for big money Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when the track offers a $100,000-guaranteed All Grass Late Pick 4.

     The All Grass Late Pick 4 will be held on races six through nine and begins with Northern California’s most prestigious turf race, the Grade 3 $100,000 San Francisco Mile.  Fans must correctly select the winners of all four races to hit the All Grass Late Pick 4, which costs just 50 cents to play.

     Punters will go over the past performance lines of 40 horses in handicapping the All Grass Late Pick 4 as there are big fields in each leg of the bet.  There are 10 horses entered in race six (the SF Mile), 10 horses in race seven, nine horses in race eight, and 11 horses in race nine.  

     Following are selections for the All Grass Late Pick 4.

     Race 6 –  It appears that there is a lot of speed in the SF Mile, and that should set the race up for stretch-runner Tigah (7-2 on the morning line) from the powerful John Sadler barn.  Hudson Landing (10-1), the defending SF Mile champion, should be ready for another big effort as he will be making his third start following a three-month layoff.

     Race 7 –  Big Swig (6-1) comes off a win in a 1 1/16-mile maiden allowance race on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface and should be able to transfer his form to the turf.  He’s Cagey (5-2), the morning line favorite, is coming off a game second-place try in a one-mile starter allowance race on the lawn.

     Race 8 – Esprit de Corps (5-1) was shipped to Golden Gate Fields from Hollywood Park by Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale to make her debut in this one-mile maiden allowance race.  Esprit de Corps also gets the services of a very talented jockey in Dennis Carr.  Pacific Ballet (10-1), a filly that cost $80,000 and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, may wake up in her second career start after racing evenly in her debut at Santa Anita.

     Race 9 – Backstreet Boss (10-1), trained by Jeff Bonde, has been working very well for this start and lands Carr for his first try around two turns and turf.  Trice Up, trained by Art Sherman in Southern California, has been sent to Steve Sherman, Art’s son, in an effort to get his maiden win in start No. 12.

     The above ticket, using two horses in each leg of the 50-cent All Grass Late Pick 4, cost only $8.  If the ticket hits, wallets will be fat.

      First post Saturday is 12:45 p.m.  Post time for the SF Mile, the start of the All Grass Late Pick 4, is 3:20 p.m.

      Baze Takes Off Mounts  –  Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, who won the first race (a two-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies) with La Tonga ($3.20) and finished second in the second race aboard Epic Electorate, took off his final three scheduled mounts Thursday due to a “minor back strain,” reported Dr. David Seftel, the track physician at Golden Gate Fields.  
     Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator.  The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness.  The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation.  The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service.  The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.