1-19-20 Golden Gate

Matt Matuska

Golden Gate Race 8


The 8th race is an allowance route for 3 year olds featuring some of the best young crop at GG!

GREAT VALUE ON THE ENTIRE CARD TODAY!  Beatable favorite and good value in the 8th.

AJOURNEYTOFREEDOM (3-1) is our Best Play for the 8th race. The half-brother to last year's El Camino Real Derby winner and Preakness starter Anothertwistafate has the same owner/trainer/jockey connections and following a similar launch pad here in a Golden Gate allowance prep for our local stakes.  He broke his maiden nicely in his 3rd lifetime start and first time stretching out.  The late pace figure shows a big progression and sets him as one that can clear this first level allowance.  He led wire to wire last time but found himself on a slower pace and from the way he laid back and closed in his sprint preps he should be versatile enough to stalk the pace successfully here.

#4 THE STIFF and #8 FINAL FINAL are the main contenders to the top pick.

LATE DOUBLE:  7  with  4, 9 in the final race

Golden Gate Race 9


The 9th race is a maiden claiming route...

#4 SUCCESSFUL COMMAND (7-2) is our Best Play for the 9th race. He is dropping out of a failed try at the top maiden special weight level but showed excellent early pace before fading and today's set up looks much more comfortable for him. He should be able to slow things down early and still be able to be part of the early pace which will allow him to stay in control late.  He should be able to put away the morning line favorite and only have to worry about the best late kick in the race coming from our only other win contender, #9 NORTH FORK (10-1).  NORTH FORK will run as first time gelding and adds blinkers today for excellent trainer Quinn Howey.  He got blasted in the maiden race won by our pick in the 8th race but that horse is future stakes quality and North Fork is dropping to a much more realistic $12,500 maiden claimer today. His figures show a nice step forward and put him with a realistic chance to be a big piece of the late part of this easier race and at a very nice value 10-1 on the ML.

Neither of these picks are favored on the morning line adding great value to the final race on the card!

#4 SUCCESSFUL COMMAND and #9 NORTH FORK are the main contenders and only ones we are using on our Late Pick 4.  For full ticket ideas and picks today, see our $3 Wager Sheet.

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