Let’s give Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley some love on Sunday with a look at the Pick 3 card. We had a terrific Saturday with a win on the Pick 5 at Churchill Downs. It would have been even more terrific if one more horse came through for us. We lost the first leg of our Pick 6 ticket for a hard start after losing the race by a place. That was not indicative of how the rest of the day would go in Kentucky, though. After the Pick 6 ticket was thrown in the garbage, five graded races came up big for us. All five were successful, including the Matt Winn Stakes which saw Kentucky Derby hopeful Maxfield take off in the final furlong.
Over in California, we were able to cash another stakes race, as United won by a hair in the Charles Whittingham Stakes. What a race that was, with the final decision going to a photo finish. United barely held on to get the win for us. His team takes down a $200,000 purse for the biggest prize of the weekend in horse racing. There are no graded events on Sunday, but we can still have a profitable day. That’s the plan at Golden Gate Fields. Head below for our free Golden Gate Fields Pick 3 selections for May 24, 2020.
Post Time: 1:18 p.m. PST
Distance: 1 Mile
1-mile to decide a winner in Race 2 at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday. There are only five horses in this field, but it comes with a decent purse of $31,000. Sacred Rider and Awesome Summer are going to both be involved in the stretch. Expect a duel between those two, with somebody else running close.
It could very well be Prince de Prince who is getting fairly decent value at +500. Prince de Prince is a winner in 2 out of 8 races and has been inconsistent. Inconsistent doesn’t mean he can’t win. Today might be the day he pops and has a good outing? Prince de Prince has gone 1st, 4th, 1st, 4th, 5th in his previous five performances.
Awesome Summer has shown more consistency and has finished in the top-3 in all four races in his career. He was in the top-2 in his first three races, and fell to 3rd for the first time in his career on march 28. Awesome Summer notched the first win of his career on February 16 over Just Like Fred by 4 lengths. In his most recent race, Awesome Summer showed in 3rd after weakening late. He broke well out of the gate and weakened by the ¾ pole.
Sacred Rider has a win in 11 career races and has been consistent. He has been in the top-3 in 5 of 6 outings, with a win on Halloween by 3 ½ lengths wire-to-wire over Indian Peak. Sacred Rider was 2nd in his most recent entry on March 28, beating Awesome Summer by a head and losing to Indian Peak by 1 ½ lengths. This looks like a race between Sacred Rider and Awesome Summer, with Sacred Rider winning a close one.
Post Time: 1:50 p.m. PST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
A short dash for the top prize in Race 3 at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday in a six-horse field. This is a race for the rookies, as we’ll have some inexperienced 2-year-old horses making their debut on Sunday. This should be a wide open race between Magnificent Mags, Weapon, and Dennis Celery. Magnificent Mags has looked good in morning workouts, but likely would have wished for a better post position than No. 5.
She completed 4 furlongs in 49 seconds with urging on May 17. A week earlier, she ran 3 furlongs at 36.40 seconds. Three 3-furlong workouts in a row resulted in times of 36.40 seconds for Magnificent Mags. I’d be more inclined to look at Magnificent Mags if she got the No. 1 post position. Dennis Celery should benefit from getting the rail out of the gate in a race that is only 4 ½ furlongs. Having said that, I think Magnificent Mags is the biggest threat to preventing Dennis Celery from a win.
Weapon hasn’t been overly impressive in workouts, so he might need improved form to get the win here. He might be bothered out of the gate as a first-time starter, though in a wide open race, could win. Judging by reports of his workouts, though, Weapon may need to catch a break. Conversely, there has been signs of Dennis Celery running well, as he prepares for his debut on Sunday. Drawing the No. 1 post position in a 4 ½ furlong race should help give him the edge along the inside rail. This should be a fun race with Dennis Celery breaking well out of the gate and likely riding that to a win.
Post Time: 2:22 p.m. PST
Another short gallop at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, with 5 furlongs for a $10,500 purse closing out our Pick 3 card for the day. Charging Home and Tiz the Standard are expected to present bold bids in this event. If they come to race, then Race 4 is likely going to come down to Charging Home and Tiz the Standard.
Tiz the Standard is looking for the first win in her career, but has been a consistent producer of late. Since January 14, Tiz the Standard has been in the top-3 in four straight outings. He was strong in his most recent outing on March 26 to lose by a head against Justa Poppin. Tough loss for Tiz the Standard, but could be ready to go to the winner’s circle on Sunday.
Charging Home takes a big drop in class after finishing 7th and 6th in the first two races of her career. She is running for a new barn today after getting nowhere with Doug O’Neill. More is expected out of her, and in her first run with a new team, they are easing her into an easier assignment to get a win right away.
She was out of her league at Santa Anita Park in March, but this company is not as difficult to do well against. Also note that Charging Home broke well out of the gate in that event. She was 1st out of the gate and leading until the ⅜ pole by 1 ½ lengths. That race was at 5 ½ furlongs. Sunday will mark a drop in class as well as a shorter race to 5 furlongs, which should benefit her in both instances. Despite finishing 6th on March 20, that kind of form might be all she needs to win against this competition. I do expect improved form, though, which should guide her to a win in Race 4.