Hanson's look at Thursday's Golden Gate Pick 6
A mandatory dispersal of the Golden Pick 6 pool, seeded with a $398,294 carryover dating to late March, awaits bettors as racing re-starts Thursday at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California. The sequence covers the last six events, and here's how the sequence is shaping up in my eyes.
#5 WAVERLY WAY (7-2) and #6 TOOLEY TUNES (20-1) are both closing types in a 6-furlong race where a relatively strong pace is possible among the three program favorites. Perhaps the most talented of latter is the lightly-raced #3 REAL KEEPER (3-1), though she might prove a bit short in her first outing since last June.
Although not the easiest of singles to rely on in the sequence, #4 CAPE POINT (9-5) seemingly has to make some forward progress while taking a significant drop in class from maiden special weight company on the tougher Southern California circuit.
#4 DIAMONDSNCHAMPAGNE (5-2) has seven wins over this surface and looms the one to catch in this 5 1/2-furlong dash. #3 RIDE OUT THE STORM (9-2) faced tougher on the grass last season and won her only race previous attempt on the Tapeta main track. #7 MISS LUCKY LAGER (6-1) was in the frame multiple times before the cessation of racing earlier in the year, and should be well-positioned from the get-go behind Diamondsnchampagne.
Ignoring more disappointing tries of late, #9 LIVE IT WELL (6-1) displayed fondness for the grass earlier in her career and the return to that surface here could energize her at a fair price. #7 SAY IT WITH ROSES (9-2) perhaps over the top following a belated maiden special weight victory over this course in November. Takes a needed drop in class off the freshening and will be prominent early. #4 MOONSHINE ANNIE (3-1) has way more career losses than you'd like to see, but has run some relatively good races and drops to the lowest level of her career in this spot.
Trainer Ron Ellis has done remarkably well with debut runners of late, thus first-time starter #5 WHY THE LONG FACE (4-1) looms a potentially significant threat in this maiden claimer. #7 BREAKFAST BALL (8-1) has room to improve off a decent fourth in her debut on Mar. 21, while #3 BEAUTIFUL BABE (6-1) did not have the best of trips when favored against similar on the same card.
Leading trainer Wong sends out recent claim #2 STUDLY PERFECTION (4-1) and could prove the speed of the speed while adding blinkers. In close attendance should be #8 KING EDDIE (6-1), who is 2-for-4 over this lawn. Another with a strong mark over this course is #1 CONQUEST SABRE CAT (8-1), who is 3-for-5 but faces a bit better than he's used to meeting.
The 20-cent ticket:
- 3,5,6 with 4 with 3,4,7 with 4,7,9 with 3,5,7 with 1,2,8 = $48.60