06/25/2016 10:22AM

Rampellini: Lone Star Park pick four for Sunday, June 26


Sprinters who win races at an above-average rate are out in droves for Sunday’s late pick four at Lone Star Park. The sequence that has a 50-cent minimum wager runs on races 6-9.  It opens with a $40,000 optional-claiming sprint that drew six stakes winners and includes a second optional claimer at six furlongs in which one entrant is chasing career victory No. 21. The forecast for the afternoon program is a high of 97 degrees, with no precipitation in the mix, according to The Weather Channel. Below is a look at the late pick four.

Race 6 – There’s just one horse in the field who has not won a stakes, MEDAL OF COURAGE (4), and he’s the one to beat, having accounted for four of his last five starts. His six rivals, meanwhile, have combined to win 18 stakes, among them SOLAR CHARGE (2), who on Sunday is seeking career win No. 19, and JOHNNY WHIP (6) and MEME JO (7), both out for career victory No. 15. But the now horse remains MEDAL OF COURAGE, who dominated at this distance in his most recent start to earn the field’s best last-race Beyer Speed Figure. W V JETSETTER (3) makes the move back to dirt, where he is a two-time stakes winner. He seems like one who can be closer to the pace than most of these, perhaps fashioning a tracking trip that would enable him to get the jump on MEDAL OF COURAGE. LOUIES FLOWER (1) ran a bang-up race last out in his first start of the year, while A M MILKY WAY (5) is a fresh horse who this winter faced a high-quality sort in Subtle Indian.

Race 7 DRAPER (3) is a logical choice in the second leg, a $6,250 maiden-claiming sprint, off a third-place finish at the same level. The race was his first since March, and he would seem to have reason to move forward. MAJESTIC THUNDER (1) was fourth against higher-priced rivals last out in his first race since November. HEZA CITY SLICKER (4) has spent his career facing steeper and is back on dirt, where he earned his best Beyers.

Race 8FRONTIER WARRIOR (6), seeking career win No. 21, faces a formidable pace foe in eight-time winner KATILLAC CHARM (5). It’s appealing that FRONTIER WARRIOR draws outside of that rival, and there’s a chance he could shake him as KATILLAC CHARM is shortening up in distance. WILDCAT SHOALS (4) gives up win experience to most in the field, but in his last start was a third to Medal of Courage, and before that he hooked Grade 3 winner He’s Comin in Hot. For those looking for more options, note that YUKONRUN (1) defeated KATILLAC CHARM last time out at Lone Star.

Race 9MY SHARP MISTY (7) returns to the conditioned-claiming ranks after facing wide-open claimers, and the last time she ran against similar, she was second. She also draws a much-improved post over the last conditioned-claiming race she ran in, which was similar in distance to this afternoon’s mile on turf. METMEYER (2) is logical for her close finishes at this level. She also will tote eight fewer pounds than MY SHARP MISTY as a 3-year-old facing older rivals and a runner being ridden by an apprentice, Victor Urieta Jr. RUE ROYAL (9) meets more experienced rivals off the conditioned-claiming win and draws the widest post, but she owns the field’s best last-race Beyer and goes for the high-percentage trainer-jockey team of Karl Broberg and C.J. McMahon.

The play:

Race 6
A’s: 3, 4  
B’s: 1, 5

Race 7
A’s: 1, 3
B’s: 4

Race 8
A’s: 5, 6
C’s: 4

Race 9
A’s: 2, 7
B’s: 9

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