Golden Gate Fields is open for racing on Friday with eight races scheduled for the racecard. It’s up for debate when fans will be allowed to gain access to tracks, with Del Mar and Laurel both indicating that they will open without the public present. Del Mar will begin racing in early July and Laurel on Monday.
We will more than likely have selections for Laurel Park on Monday. Fonner Park exits while Laurel Park enters the picture. Texas governor Greg Abbott indicated on Thursday that sporting events can allow 25 percent of the stands to be filled. That only goes for outdoor events.
That would mean Lone Star Park and Sam Houston Race Park would be permitted to open up the gates to race fans and handicappers. At 25% capacity, I assume that means the number would be calculated depending on the number of seats in the facility. It would be something and help boost the betting handle. Combined with simulcast wagering dollars, Lone Star Park and Sam Houston Race Park might do pretty well this summer. We don’t know when the major sports are returning, so if they can get fans into the track before then, it’d likely do them well.
I find it highly improbable that California will follow Texas’ lead and do the same. In any event, Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park will race on this summer. We have a Pick 3 and Pick 4 card at Golden Gate Fields that we can hopefully put a dent in Friday. Head below for our free Golden Gate Fields Pick 3 and Pick 4 selections for May 29, 2020.
Pick 3: Race 2-4
Pick 4: Race 2-5
Post Time: 1:17 p.m. PST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
Race 2 features a 5-furlong event for a $10,000 purse at Golden Gate Fields. Six horses are signed up for the race today. This is likely a race between Tiz a Rule and She’s in Luck. Tiz a Rule is coming off a win on March 14 by ¾ lengths over Acadia Fleet. That was the second win of her career after a win in 2019 as well. She has finished 4th, 3rd, 6th, 3rd, 1st in her previous five outings. Some consistency would be nice for her to find now.
Secretly Paranoide might be able to sneak up on the outside in this event. She has a win in 10 races, with the victory on January 1. Since then, Secretly Paranoide has finished 5th, 5th, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 3rd in six outings. I don’t know if she has what it takes to win today, but it wouldn’t be an upset by any means. This isn’t an ultra difficult field to navigate at Golden Gate Fields on Friday.
She’s in Luck’s form might be tough to beat here, though. She has two very good performances recently to win on February 22 by 3 ½ lengths. She’s in Luck took over the lead by the ¼ pole and then drove hard to get clear of the field. That was against Secretly Paranoide and Tiz a Rule. In her most recent effort, She’s in Luck was strong again, but couldn’t win a duel against Naomi Framley in the stretch. She’s in Luck was 1st at the 3/16 and ⅜ pole, though ultimately lost by 2 lengths at the wire. Similar form will grant She’s in Luck a trip to the winner’s circle at Golden Gate Fields in this one.
Post Time: 1:49 p.m. PST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 will be a half furlong longer than the previous event, though the same purse of $10,000 will be on offer to this field. Six horses are scheduled to run in this one, with Office Chicks, Cattering, and Tizfit going to have good opportunities to take this one home and get into the winner’s circle.
Office Chicks will be coming off the inside rail out of the gate in Race 3. She is a winner in 3 of 22 races in her career and dropped a class today. After getting nowhere since this past fall, Office Chicks will get an easier assignment at the office for this event. I’m leaning her way as my main horse in Race 3.
Office Chicks has finished 5th, 5th, 6th, 4th in her previous four races. However, Office Chicks is going back to the track after a layoff since November and a simpler race to run today. She has been in decent form in workouts, and should be noted going into Race 3. Tizfit from the outside and Cattering will present a challenge for Office Chicks.
Cattering isn’t dropping a class exactly and has had similar results as Office Chicks, so that leaves me a bit leery. She has wins in 4 of 23 races in her career. That doesn’t sound too bad compared to the rest of competition here, but Cattering hasn’t been in great form of late. Note that she’s finished 4th, 6th, 3rd, 3rd, 5th, 4th in her previous six performances. Other than running close in a couple of events, Cattering hasn’t been a factor.
Tizfit is a 53-race veteran, with 10 wins to her name going into today. She hasn’t looked too strong since a win on November 7, 2019. Foaled in 2010, Tizfit has plenty of miles on her legs. It was noticeable in her previous three races, having finished 7th, 4th, 3rd. In her latest outing, Regal Lady beat her by a half length for 2nd. This should be a tight race. Although, off some rest and a drop in class, Office Chicks is calling my name.
Post Time: 2:20 p.m. PST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
5 ½ more furlongs at Golden Gate Fields for Race 3 on Friday. This should be another exciting, tight race at Golden Gate Fields today. I would prefer a blowout win for our horse, but it should be a close one. Having said that, there is some value to be had on one particular participant. Mr. Diplomat, Lil’ Chieftain, Rein On should be involved in the stretch in this race. Reign On draws the No. 1 post position and should present a bold bid. British born and raised, Reign On, is a veteran with 40 races under his belt.
He has won three of them for a 22.5% win percentage. He’s coming off a productive performance on March 1 to win by a half length over Swiss Cheese. Prior to that outing, Reign On hadn’t won in 11 races. He finished 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 4th in his previous four performances. I’d keep an eye on Reign On, and he definitely has a chance at getting the win here. However, I’m looking elsewhere for my main play in Race 4. Lil’ Chieftain drops a class after a poor outing on April 25 at Los Alamitos.
Lil’ Chieftain finished 7th in that race after 1st and 2nd on March 7 and March 28. He notched the win over Oopper Wallah by 1 ¾ lengths and then placed 2nd behind Pepper Sings by 4 lengths. That prompted a bump in class, but Lil’ Chieftain didn’t run well against tougher competition in the past either. That was the same case for Lil’ Chieftain in his most recent race. This is going to be an easier task, but this likely isn’t going to be a walk in the park for him. Value wise, Mr. Diplomat looks good to me.
Mr. Diplomat has 3 wins in 20 races and has been coming close recently. He hasn’t done better than 2nd, but has placed in 4 of his last 7 outings. In his last trip out, Mr. Diplomat was 2nd by a neck, losing to Far West in an event that could have easily gone his way. Maybe a few more feet and Mr. Diplomat would have prevailed. He was a sizable underdog in that race and was racing at a higher class than this assignment. I like the value with the No. 5 horse.
Post Time: 2:54 p.m. PST
One more race at Golden Gate Fields as far as our Pick 4 card is concerned. Race 5 featured a six-horse field for a $12,500 purse. Amber Louise and Amba are both going to be in the mix in this one. Expect Amber Louise and Amba to be battling it out in the stretch. Amba showed improved form in her last two races, as she improved from 4th to 2nd in back-to-back outings on October 24, 2019 and November 17, 2019.
She is coming off a nice break and her form has been strong in recent workouts. Overall, Amba has recorded 2 wins in 16 career races. Her last win was on February 8 by 4 lengths over Dressed in Prada. Since that victory, Amaba has gone 5th, 4th, 4th, 4th, 2nd, 2nd. She should expect a bold challenge from Amber Louise.
Amber Louise has won 13 of 53 races in her career, and has been winning with ease since getting hot last summer. She won four straight outings and won 7 of 9 races before trying a more difficult class of events. Amber Louise was still good, finishing 5th, 3rd, 3rd in her previous three outings. Now she’s back down a class seeking an easy win. I don’t think it’s going to be THAT easy, but expect Amber Louise to be the best horse of this group in Race 5 on Friday.