Industry-Low 12-Percent Takeout
LAUREL, MD – Races from Pimlico Race Course, Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and Gulfstream Park, including three on the turf, comprise Friday’s Stronach 5.
The multi-track wager, with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, begins at 4:47 p.m. with 11 claimers going a mile on the Pimlico turf course and is followed by a six-furlong turf event for allowance runners at Santa Anita Park featuring an 8-5 favorite in Hronis Racing LLC’s Lalic, a 4-year-old French-bred filly seeking her third consecutive victory for trainer John Sadler.
The third leg of the Stronach 5 is a competitive maiden special weight event for 2-year-olds at five furlongs from Golden Gate. Highland Yard’s Highland Ghost makes his debut as the 5-2 favorite. Stay Lit, a son of Stay Thirsty, debuts at 7-2 while North Sea is listed at 5-1.
The final two legs of the sequence will be run at Gulfstream. The eighth race, the fourth leg of the sequence, is an allowance optional claiming event at a mile on the turf for fillies and mares. Glen Hill Farm’s Drapes (9-2) tries to make it two in a row off a 17-month layoff for trainer Thomas Proctor. Una Lima is the 2-1 morning-line favorite while leading trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. sends out Fuddled (3-1).
The Stronach 5 concludes with Race 9 at Gulfstream, a maiden event at six furlongs for fillies and mares. Izhefrosted is even-money in the morning line as the 3-year-old filly looks for her first win in six starts for trainer Victor Barboza Jr. Trainer Antonio Sano sends out Hashtag Lucky (9-2) with Edgard Zayas in the saddle and Gilberto Zerpa sends out Arindel’s Science with Edwin Gonzalez in the saddle.
Friday’s races and sequence
- Leg One –Pimlico 9th Race: (11 entries, 1-mile turf) 4:47 ET, 1:47 PT
- Leg Two –Santa Anita 3rd Race: (8 entries, 6 furlongs turf) 5:09 ET, 2:09 PT
- Leg Three –Golden Gate 3rd Race: (10 entries, 5 furlongs) 5:26 ET, 2:26 PT
- Leg Four –Gulfstream Park 8th Race: (7 entries, 1-mile turf) 5:36 ET, 2:36 PT
- Leg Five –Gulfstream 9th Race: (9 entries, 6 furlongs) 6:08 ET, 3:08 PT
The Stronach 5 In the Money podcast, hosted by Jonathan Kinchen and Peter Thomas Fornatale, will be posted by 2 p.m. Thursday at InTheMoneyPodcast.com and will be available on iTunes and other major podcast distributors
The minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.
If a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.
The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.