07/01/2016 5:43PM

Rampellini: How I'll play Lone Star for Sunday, July 3


The late pick four Sunday at Lone Star Park has brought together a slew of well-matched claiming horses, with every runner in the sequence offered for a tag. There’s a spot for Texas-breds, one for conditioned claimers on turf, and others for main track sprinters and route horses. The 50-cent minimum wager runs on races 7-10. The forecast for Sunday, which features a special post of 5 p.m. Central, is a high of 100, a low of 79, and a 20 percent chance of rain, according to The Weather Channel. Below is a look at the late pick four:

Race 7 – At first glance, ACES N JACKS (7) looks like a standout in the opening leg, a $4,000 claiming sprint for 3-year-olds and up bred in Texas. He’s dropping in class, getting a shot with statebreds, and returning to dirt, site of the bulk of his success. But there is concern about him getting the six furlongs, and he also could battle with a few of his rivals who are, fortunately, tucked to his inside. AWESOME J T (2) exits a deep $6,250 claiming race, and like top choice is moving back into the statebred ranks. The last time he faced similar he was a clear winner – at this distance. BERRY LOUD (6) cuts back to one turn and can take advantage if a few of these to battle early. A concern is that the distance feels less than optimum for him. WEST PLACE (5) was second at this level last time, when he set the pace to the late stages. Capable. 

Race 8 –  MR. JAZZ SINGER (3) finished in front of some of these last out when second at this same $12,500 conditioned claiming level. He was making his first start against winners and seems to have stepped up his game since he began sprinting on turf on a regular basis. Mr. Jazz Singer’s young sire, Sing Baby Sing, is getting a nice amount of winners on grass. WHAT A SHINER (2) is moving back to turf after a maiden win at Oaklawn and since the start he has been flattered. The runner-up to him came back in his next start to take a maiden special weight at Prairie Meadows with a Beyer Speed Figure of 61, and the fifth-place finisher, a $6,250 maiden claiming race at Canterbury, with a Beyer of 57. TAXING RIDE (8) exits the same race as Mr. Jazz Singer, finishing third in what makes him a logical fit. He also has an age edge on that one and What a Shiner.

Race 9LAUDY (1) is dropping back to the $5,000 claiming ranks for this mile tilt, and he was a winner the last time he raced for this price. He also is a fresh horse as he is making his first start since May 15 and trainer Danny Pish wins at a 19 percent clip with horses returning from layoffs of 31-60 days, according to Daily Racing Form statistics. SLICK PARDONED ME (2) is a must-use off back-to-back wins at the distance at Lone Star, both for the meet’s leading trainer, Karl Broberg. CHARLIE’S FANTASY (6) shortens up some to a mile and he was a winner at the trip in May. He’s also appealing for the fact that he has been popular with horsemen, changing hands a number of times through the claim box.

Race 10MARTYS WIMBLEDON (2) appears to be a strong fit on class as he moves into a $10,000 claiming spot off a series of races against steeper. He also exits a quick turf sprint – run over the same distance he goes Sunday. Martys Wimbledon could get an ideal pace setup as there appears to be an abundance of speed in this spot and while he looks like the kind of horse one could single on class, there’s a bit of hesitation as he has never won over the Lone Star turf course. The presence of a sharp TEY’S BIG BOY (8) is another concern, as the 12-time winner and earner of more than $250,000 blitzed his rivals for this price last time, covering five-eighths on firm turf in 55.60 seconds. Tey’s Big Boy also goes for the high percentage team of trainer Karl Broberg and jockey C.J. McMahon. LEGITIMATE CAT (6) was the runner-up to Tey’s Big Boy last time at Lone Star.

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