There are nine race tracks open for racing on Thursday in North American. Eight tracks in the US, including big players like Belmont Park and Churchill Downs. Woodbine in Toronto is also hosting a racecard on Thursday. Golden Gate Fields is also running today with nine races. There isn’t much purse money offered at Golden Gate on Thursday, but hopefully we can make a winning day out of it with big money. Generally, you’re not going to get rich from a Pick 3, but it can be a tremendous bankroll booster.
While it isn’t a big day racing wise at Golden Gate Fields today, that’s going to change on Sunday. The running of the San Francisco Mile will take place this weekend. That race is the second biggest on the weekend and the biggest on Sunday. A $250,000 purse will be on offer in that race. The only other race with a bigger purse this weekend will be the Ogden Phipps Stakes with a $300,000 purse at Belmont Park on Saturday. There isn’t anything of the sort at Golden Gate on Thursday. In any case, let’s see what we can do with the Pick 3. Head below for our free Golden Gate Fields Pick 3 selections for June 11, 2020.
Post Time: 1:54 p.m. PST
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
We will aim for the Pick 3 for Race 3-5 at Golden Gate Fields on Thursday. My Lucky Bid and Lookin for Revenge should both be in position for a win in this one. I give My Lucky Bid the slight edge over T Bones Trick on my shortlist. T Bones Trick has been running well in his previous three races.
The gelding has finished 2nd, 2nd, 3rd after 4th, 7th, 4th to open his career. He’s made just one outing since February, as he finished 3rd on May 16. T Bones Trick finished 3 ½ lengths behind the winner, Seeking Refuge. He wasn’t much of a threat for the win, but ran a good race. My Lucky Bid drops down a class after finding no success at Golden Gate Fields since opening his career in October.
In eight races, My Lucky Bid has failed to show, with 4th his best finishing position thus far. He was 4th in his most recent outing on May 16 to finish just behind T Bones Trick. His morning workouts have been a tad better than T Bones Trick recently, so that’s why I have him slightly better. In any case, My Lucky Bid and T Bones Trick are similar horses that should be close together at the wire.
They will have to be in their best form to do better than Lookin for Revenge in Race 3. Lookin for Revenge finished 4th as a first-time starter on February 14. Vast improvements were noted in his next two performances on March 15 and May 16, placing in each event. He finished a half length behind Major Kong, and then a half length behind Seeking Refuge. Lookin for Revenge was a favorite in the March event, so he was in better form last month as one of the underdogs. He has to be the horse to beat in Race 3.
Post Time: 2:27 p.m. PST
Race 4 is the second leg of our Pick 3 at Golden Gate Fields on Thursday. This is the feature race of the day with $30,000 up for grabs with a field of 2-year-old fillies. I’m So Anna and The Latte Factor are going to likely present bold bids in this one. Xtrema is a small dark horse from the No. 2 post position as well. Like the majority of horses in this event, Xtrema is a first-time starter.
Despite racing as a rookie on Thursday, Xtrema has shown some promise in the morning. Xtrema completed 3 furlongs in strong fashion with a time of 36 seconds, and then followed it up with three 4-furlong workouts, with times of 48.20, 49.60, and 48 seconds. She continues to get stronger and should run well today.
The Latte Factor is the betting favorite on the morning-line with a price of +200. Another first-time starter, The Latte Factor is expected to have a fairly successful career. Consistent appearances in stakes races is not in his future, but should win occasionally. It could happen right out of the gate as a rookie. The Latte Factor finished 4 furlongs at 49 seconds on June 6 in his latest workout. He also ran for 48.40 seconds on May 24.
I’m So Anna is the only horse in the field with experience. The 2-year-old made her debut on May 23 and had a good run for 3rd. I’m So Anna was 3 lengths back of a win as a first-time runner. There was confidence in I’m So Anna to win that race with no experience. With her first start out of the way, look for I’m So Anna to run with improved form on Thursday.
Post Time: 2:57 p.m. PST
There is one more race for us at Golden Gate Fields on Thursday. Race 5 will have seven horses vying for a small $13,000 purse. Malibu Alex and My Lucky Mark must be respected going into the starting gate. My Lucky Mark has won 3 of 11 races and is dropping classes on Thursday. After finishing 4th, 8th, 5th, My Lucky Mark is back at a winnable level. Prior to gunning for more lucrative purses, My Lucky Mark won every other race from May 25, 2019 to October 22, 2019.
His most recent victory was recorded on October 22, 2019 at Turf Paradise. He won by a neck over Elliott Bay in a really close battle. Recent workouts for My Lucky Mark have been adequate to complete 5 furlongs at 1:01.60, 1:03.00, and 1:01.00. Overall, My Lucky Mark is a winner in 3 of 11 races in his career, and should be in the thick of things for the 4th win of his career. The greatest threat to My Lucky Mark has to be Malibu Alex, who won on March 26 and then placed May 21.
Malibu Alex beat Stocked by a head in March. He showed nice kick at the top of the stretch to steal a win at the wire. Malibu Alex was in the mix again in March, but didn’t have enough in him and he lost by a head against Canada. It was another late run by Malibu Alex, but the kick started a bit too late. That was at 5 ½ furlongs. If he had another half furlong, Malibu Alex probably wins that by more than a head at the wire. He was coming on strong, but just ran out of room. Either form from his last two races should be satisfactory against his competition on Thursday.