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RACE 5: Does Chad Brown have a first-time starter that was the lure to attract Irad Ortiz Jr. out of his self-imposed quarantine? And does that even matter?

Basquiat has been in training since early February. The bay is by American Pharoah from a mare that’s dropped three winners from four starters. She’s been working at Payson Park, who owns both the colt and the training center. Word must be out: He’s 8-5 on the early line.

There are a dozen published workouts, three of the bullet variety and Brown is not a fast-working kind of guy. As my friend Marc Lawrence says: You know what to do. But remember Lee Corso’s line? Not so fast my friend.

That’s because Ashiham (9-2) is making his debut for Tood Pletcher, with experience. See, he’s had a run, for Kiaran McLaughlin here, who retired from training to book mounts for Luis Saez, who is in the boot here.

Both trainers, of course, graduated from Lukas U a long time ago and Kiaran thought of Todd, as might have the Sheikhmeister of Shadwell, to manage the rest of his career. Tapit colt has worked five time for Todd, including a bullet 5/8s on April 18.

Based on early line odds, I know what I’m doing: Taking Ashiham to win, boxing the exacta and will try to sneak Tons of Gold (10-1) into the number.

UNBRIDLED STAKES (R9): Dr. Post (8-5) was very good last out breaking maiden at 7 furlongs in second start, earning an excellent Thoro-Graph figure. Before I get too excited, I’d like to see him do it around two turns before taking a short price, even with Irad.

Hence, I’m going to attempt putting this race in a value-laden lock box; exactas with Attachment Rate (3-1), Relentless Dancer (6-1) and Necker Island (12-1).

‘Dancer’ catches the eye in the straight pool. Getting class relief, he’s dropping out of consecutive graded stakes, last seen setting a strong, pressured pace in the Tampa Derby and held fairly well for fourth, finishing behind a blowout winner but ahead of eight rivals.

This event has confidence building potential. Louisiana bred, he’s had five works since the Tampa tussle, including three bullets, and we believe he will be aggressive here getting a switch to Chris Landeros, who recently awakened following a long slumber. Like to get 4-1 straight, but probably won’t.

We’re back later with a Late Pick 4 sequence for Oaklawn Park

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  1. The Unbridled appears a perfect race to wager an “Indulto Super” John. Two bucks on Dancer and an Indy $2.40. Riders Up!

    Keep in mind it’s “Just for the fun of it” Wendell. (Simmer Alice, we’re only talking about two dozen dimes here. Only the cost of one oil can of Foster’s. Just fearing the favorite is all, and a four horse ex box is out of my comfort zone.)

    …..Not sure about the “lock box” John. $6 for the nice prices horses ex box is fine, but I fear.the 8-5 could blow the damn ticket up. The favorite only needs to outlast one of the three. Seems a logical time to “Go Indulto” is all. Adding in the 8-5 and busting open another roll of dimes I am.

    If Going Indulto scores, I’ll add the proceeds, minus the dimes, to the USPS Catholic Church check, in lieu of the basket not being passed at present. Just to offset the lead off batter in the T.J. comments line mind you.

    Why minus the dimes? “Saving them for the next “Go Indulto” I am.” said Sam

  2. OK, you talked me into it; I’m in for the $2.40, Sam.

    Meanwhile, “lock box” was my poor attempt at cleverness.

    However, no apologies from leaving a favorite I don’t particularly care for–obviously can win–but it’s value I’m after and I’m comfortable with my three choices, including the 12-1 two-debut-debut maker on the fence at this trip.

  3. Ended up going with John’s catch me if you can selection:

    Bet Accepted
    Gulfstream Park – Race 9
    $0.50 Superfecta Key KY,4,1,3,7
    Wager Total: $3

    Bet Accepted
    Gulfstream Park – Race 9
    $2 Win 4
    Wager Total: $2

  4. Damn. Now you have me back to second guessing. The only thing in this race I don’t much care for is 8-5 on Pletcher’s favorite. His 92 figure isn’t any better than most. He will be at a disadvantage Restless gets out to an unpressured lead. Last reservation is Pletcher going long after a maiden win. 4 for 52 and just 2 of 18 of in stakes over the last few years. Willing to bet against him and buying one more ticket with the favorite running fourth as a single. Back to the HRI Faithful barn Indy. Gotta love this game. It makes fools of us all. Lol.

    3:14PM Gulfstream Park #9
    $0.10 SF Box – 1 + 3 + 4 + 7
    Wager Total: $2.40

    3:12PM Gulfstream Park #9
    $0.10 SF – 1 + 4 + 7/1 + 4 + 7/1 + 4 + 7/3
    Wager Total: $0.60

    2:02PM Gulfstream Park #9
    $2 Win – 4
    Wager Total: $2

    1:58PM Gulfstream Park #9
    $0.50 SF – 4/1 + 3 + 7
    Wager Total: $3

    “I simply can’t stands it no more Olive!” said Popeye in closing. “Riders Up!”

    1. So you blow out Restless a sharp-for-the-day half in 48 and the jock rates 3 wide all the way around; guess that’s why Landeros went 1-for-100+ earlier this meet…

  5. Pletcher now 3 of 19. Turn the page. Back to the yard work. Still joining Wendell in a cold beer once that’s done. Still love hate this game, Lol.

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