03/29/2012 1:31PM

How to bet Gulfstream Park's Saturday Pick 5 - March 31, 2012


Here's my race-by-race rundown of Saturday's pick five at Gulfstream Park on March 31, 2012. I'm building my wager with TicketMaker, found exclusively on DRF.com.

Race 9 (Optional claiming race)

E BISCUIT (#9) earned a competitive figure in that return try despite a slow start and a trip behind some mild splits. EASY CROSSING (#10) is the one to beat on the strength of that last Beyer, the best last-out figure in this field. Those are the two "A" plays, but I'll also use Argentine Tango, Late Night Action, Bellefire, Colorado Guy Wins and Gaelico on secondary tickets.

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Race 10 (The Gulfstream Oaks)

ZO IMPRESSIVE (#2) has been just that in two starts to date, winning both by open lengths, and that last race has yielded three next-out winners. CAPTIVATING LASS (#4) was behind a couple of these in the Davona Dale but she was against the race flow there, as the speeds held the edge; she could improve given a better pace scenario, and this extra distance should work to her advantage. GRACE HALL (#5) was outgamed by 60-1 Yara in the Davona Dale but she certainly has license to improve upon that try, which was her first of the season. I'll be using those three on the main ticket, but lesser tickets will include Yara, as well as And Why Not.

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Race 11 (The Florida Derby)

EL PADRINO (#8) was a game winner in the Risen Star, which looks to be one of the top prep races run thus far this year. He had to overcome tepid fractions to do it, and he still earned a decent Beyer. UNION RAGS (#6) belongs on all tickets, regardless of size; that Fountain of Youth score was most impressive and he only figures to improve. TAKE CHARGE INDY (#3) may or may not deserve to be on the same level as the top pair but he did run a very sharp race when behind EL PADRINO in his seasonal bow, and he could move forward here if allowed to take back and make one run. News Pending posted the best figure of his short career in the Fountain of Youth and he merits inclusion on backup tickets (3).

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Race 12 (The Orchid)

KEERTANA (#9) is very consistent, she has some of the better figures in this field, and she's a proven marathoner; should get at least some help from the frontrunners. HIT IT RICH (#8) has benefited from favorable trips in her last few races but that's a function of her versatility, as she's able to gain position regardless of race flow; should be ideally spotted once again. SENADA (#7) will need to improve off her most recent but that's certainly possible if she gets faster fractions this time, as expected. Secondary tickets will include Shimmering Moment.

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Race 13 (Maiden claiming race)

IMHOTEP (#5) is easy to like off that lone turf try, even if this drop in class off the layoff can surely be viewed as suspicious. ONE GOLDEN ROAD (#9) has some nice works showing for his debut, and he may be overlooked a bit in the wagering; wouldn't want him to beat me in the last leg. BOLD FOREST (#11) just missed in his debut and he figures to be running late once again. Golden Archway is one to consider as a backup.

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My wagers

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