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Ricky’s Rockets 🚀: Gulfstream Park, Oaklawn Park Picks and Santa Anita Park Picks for March 5, 2021

Ricky’s Rockets 🚀: Gulfstream Park, Oaklawn Park Picks and Santa Anita Park Picks for March 5, 2021

Ricky’s Rockets🚀 started off the month strong at Gulfstream Park and Oaklawn Park on Thursday afternoon. It was a great start to the weekend bringing home the late Pick 4($222.55) late Pick 5 ($1,011.05) and the Pick 6 ($3,106.70) from Gulfstream Park! Friday is the swing day of the week, where people start to make their afternoon plans, getting ready for a massive Saturday ahead. We introduce Santa Anita back into the mix as we look ahead to another massive weekend ahead of us!

Also included below: my 10-race preview of Gulfstream Park, 9-race preview of Oaklawn Park and 8-race preview of Santa Anita.

Best of luck!

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Gulfstream Park March 5, 2021

Race 7: $35,000-$25,000 Claiming for 3-year-old fillies going 1 mile (8 furlongs) on the turf

#2 Cheerleader Barb ran into a tough runner at the Starter Optional Claiming ranks in Por Que No for Kent Sweezey. She drops in class to the Claiming ranks where she should run a good race again. Kathleen O’Connell is one of the more underrated trainers here at Gulfstream. #3 Crystal Coast didn’t fare to well when she faced winners for the first time. Carols David was incredibly ambitious placing her where he did in her first race after breaking her Maiden. This should be a much more manageable spot for her.

Race 8: Allowance for Florida-bred 3-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt

#3 Sir Ollie looks to be the overwhelming choice in this race right? I believe he is but there are a few other contenders that can make some noise. With only six horses signed on for this race, this is a true rider race, and there are many good riders that will position their horses perfectly. #4 Shoe Shine is coming off of a strong gate-to-wire win, albeit against much weaker competition. His Timeform rating that he earned in his last race isn’t much worse than the average here.

Race 9: $62,500 Allowance Optional Claiming for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and upward going 1 mile (8 furlongs) on the turf

#2 Witez is coming out of graded-stakes races so this is an obvious drop in class, These races tend to be won on the front end, so that’s my fear for her. She is incredibly pace and trip dependent in this spot. #4 Kissing Frogs should be the one who gets the best trip between these two, but she will face similar problems. This is a wide open race, but these two are some of the more talented runners in the field.

Race 10: Starter Allowance for 4-year-olds and upward going 5 furlongs on the turf

#6 Fully Loaded should be on the lead which will make him extremely tough to beat. These turf sprints are always won by horses that are close to the lead, and Fully Loaded is certainly capable of that. His main competition will come from #10 Tropicat who got the better of him last time out. I don’t anticipate the pace being so quick as it was on January 14, so Tropicat may be too far back. This duo is much better than the rest, and I’m not sure if it’s really close.


$3 Pick 4 (Races 7-10) 2,3 / 3,4 / 2,4 / 6,10 – $48

50¢ Pick 4 (7-10) 2,3,7 / 3,4,5 / 1,2,4,5 / 6,8,10 – $54

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