Friday at the track: Garrity picks the Stronach Pick 5 which covers Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, and Golden Gate Fields
In this Friday, May 22, 2020 photo, bugler Jay Cohen blows "Call to the Post" to the empty grandstand, a tradition maintained for those watching via simulcast, during a day of horse racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Ashley Landis | Associated Press
Friday at the track: Garrity picks the Stronach Pick 5 which covers Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, and Golden Gate Fields
This is a multi-race, multi-track wager with $1 minimum, a guaranteed $100,000 pool, and a player-friendly 12% takeout rate. First leg posts at 4:35 pm EDT

We’re going to try something a little bit different today, and that is take a stab at the Stronach Pick 5. This is a multi-race, multi-track wager with $1 minimum, a guaranteed $100,000 pool, and a player-friendly 12% takeout rate. The races go off in quick succession, with the first leg at 4:35 pm, and the fifth leg at 5:45 pm (all times are Eastern). When playing a Pick 4 or Pick 5 at a single track, a bettor typically has to wait several hours for the races to play out, but these five races go off in just 80 minutes, and at a cocktail-friendly time of day to boot.

The races in the sequence are as follows:

Laurel Park, Race 8

Gulfstream Park, Race 10

Santa Anita Park, Race 3

Laurel Park, Race 10

Golden Gate Fields, Race 5

Here is how we see the races:

The 8th at Laurel is an allowance/optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The race has “pace meltdown” written all over it, so we are throwing out the speed horses, all of them, and playing the closers. They are 1-Wildcat Cartridge, 3-Kailee, 6-Dolores Westworld, and 8-No Mo Lady. We will use all four.

The 10th at Gulfstream is a Maiden Special Weight for females at 5 furlongs on the grass. We are singling 12-Fuddled: this Saffie Joseph trainee just missed in an identical spot on March 27, losing a 5 furlong maiden race by a neck. We do not think she will miss today, and will single her.

Race 3 at Santa Anita is a $50,000 claimer at a mile on the turf. We like the favorite, 8-Going to Vegas, but we also like 3-A Thousand Dreams. We think one of them will win, and will use both.

The fourth leg in the sequence is the 10th at Laurel, a $25,000 maiden claimer at 5½ furlongs on the grass. In a fairly wide open race, we will use three runners: 2-Kukulkan, 6-Eagle Keeper, and 11-Rarely.

Race 5 at Golden Gate is a Maiden Special Weight affair at 5 furlongs on Golden Gate’s synthetic racing surface. We are spreading wide, including four: 2-Colavito, 7-Sale’ Y Vale, 8-Ahimaaz, and 10-Brony Boy.

That makes the play as follows:

Stronach Pick 5: 1,3,6,8 with 12 with 3,8 with 2,6,11 with 2,7,8,10

This ticket will cost $96 at the $1 base wager level, which is what we will play.

That’s all for today. We will be back tomorrow for a look at the national stakes action. Until then, enjoy the racing, be safe, and, as always, good luck at the windows.

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