Golden Gate Fields is back on Friday with eight races scheduled in Berkeley. There aren’t any big races on the racecard at Golden Gate Fields on Friday. The feature race has a small $26,000 purse, so this isn’t a day for the big boys. There are going to be several big events across the US tomorrow. Golden Gate Fields is going to be home to one stakes race, with the running of the Albany Stakes. There is only $50,000 up for grabs in that one. Small for a stakes race, anyway. We have four picks for Golden Gate Fields on Friday in the Pick 3 and Pick 4. Head below for our free Golden Gate Fields Pick 3 and Pick 4 selections for June 5, 2020.
Pick 3: Race 2-4
Pick 4: Race 2-5
Post Time: 1:20 p.m. PST
Distance: 1 Mile
A mile race for a $19,000 purse on the turf will get us started at Golden Gate Fields on Friday. It should be a competitive race for the top prize. Mullhima and Posh Holly might get into a duel down the stretch if things play out accordingly. Posh Holly heads into Friday with a win in 11 races.
All the way from Ireland, Posh Holly won on October 20, 2018 in his second race on US soil. However, there hasn’t been a trip to the winner’s circle since then. She’s been wildly inconsistent, placing in 2 of 7 races but not much else. Posh Holly was 4th in her most recent outing on May 14. Finding a suitable race for her has been tough, but this could be the one for her.
Mulhima goes into today with a little more confidence. She has finished 2nd, 1st, 3rd in her previous three outings. Mulhima won by a neck over Papaya on February 27. Prior to that race, she was close, but came a nose away from winning.
A win there and Mulhima would have gotten the back-to-back to set up a hat-trick. That didn’t happen, and Mulhima finished 3rd in her most recent entry on May 14, anyway. In any event, Mulhima has been in good form and might be slightly underestimated on the morning-line behind Posh Holly.
Post Time: 1:04 p.m. PST
Race 3 will be another mile event, this time on the all weather track. A purse of $19,000 is on offer for eight horses. If Kayla’s Cowgirl arrives at the gate wanting to race, she should have the win here. Bank of Many and Kayla’s Cowgirl will likely both be up front near the wire. Bank of Many is looking for the first win in her career, but has been coming close. She’s winless in 16 career races, but could be ready to pop on Friday. Bank of Many has finished 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 4th in her previous four races. Not bad at all to finish in the top-3 to pick up some money for her team.
Kayla’s Cowgirl drops classes considerably after failing to show in her first six events. This race may very well result in Kayla’s Cowgirl going from not finishing in the top-3 in six races to winning. In a sense this is likely going from Triple-A baseball to Single-A. In her previous three outings, Kayla’s Cowgirl has finished 6th 7th, 6th for not the most desirable results. Each of her previous two races were at Santa Anita Park. This is the easiest race she’s been a part of by far. If she doesn’t run well and win, then questions regarding her training might be present. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt for today in Race 3, though.
Post Time: 2:25 p.m. PST
Race 4 is scheduled to have a mile of racing for a $31,000 purse. Barring any scratches, there will be six horses signed up to participate. I’ve made money on Jeffnjohn’sthundr in a previous race. He came through for me very nicely to win the first race of his five-race career on March 15. Jeffnjohn’sthundr finished 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 4th before taking a trip over the winner’s circle.
He found a class that he can win at and capitalized against the opposition. Jeffnjohn’sthundr had the lead by a length at the top of the stretch and then cleared the field for a win for over 2 lengths. Since then, Jeffnjohn’sthundr has looked good in workouts over the last month. This race is a slight uptick in class.
He will have to worry about Returray giving him issues here. Returray has won 2 of 4 races in his career and has finished 1st, 2nd, 1st in his previous three outings. That’s excellent for Returray, who won by 2 lengths over Ecologist in his last performance on March 13. Prior to that win, Returray lost by ¾ lengths.
This race is going to test him a bit more, though. After succeeding against an inferior class, this race is going to be more of a challenge. He’s going to be involved, and has a decent chance to win, but I give the slight edge to Jeffnjohn’sthundr off an impressive win. The morning favors certainly suggest that Jeffnjohn’sthundr is in better form.
Jeffnjohn’sthundr completed all of his 4 furlong workouts at 49.60 or below, with a career-best 47.60 seconds on May 2. Conversely, Returray was at 51.20 seconds recently, and didn’t look sharp in a 5-furlong workout either, completing that at 1:03.20 compared to 1:02.00 for Jeffnjohn’sthundr.
Post Time: 2:56 p.m. PST
There are going to be some duels on hand at Golden Gate Fields on Friday. Race 5 is likely going to be another entertaining race. Nowhere Man, Cool Hunter, and Rate for Me are going to be involved in this event. Cool Hunter has a win in 4 out of 33 races and has been in good form recently. He has finished 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 2nd in his previous four entries. In his win on March 20, Cool Hunter won by ¾ lengths over My Friend George. He was unable to follow up on that race for the back-to-back, but was still strong to finish 2nd in his latest race on May 23.
Nowhere Man will press hard in this one as well, probably a bit harder than Cool Hunter. He has won 7 of 35 races in his career, and is dropping down a class after no luck recently. Nowhere Man on paper doesn’t look good, finishing 6th 6th, 2nd, 4th, 4th, 5th in his previous five races. This will be an easier assignment, so expectations are going to be there for him in this outing. Anything worse than placing would be a disappointment for the 7-year-old. Placing behind Rate for Me would make sense.
Rate for Me has a lot of experience having raced in 47 races in his career. His form has been at its best recently, with 3 wins in 6 races. He’s finished 1st, 1st, 3rd, 1st in his last four outings for a dominant stretch. In his most recent outing on January 13, Rate for Me won by a neck. After a slight layoff, Rate for Me is back in the gate on Friday. He gets a very beatable race right off the break and should give the other runners problems here.