Golden Gate Fields will be holding races on Thursday, as them and Santa Anita Park came to a resolution with the state government to continue racing. Numerous protocols were put into place for the track to remain open to trainers and jockeys. The public obviously isn’t allowed in the grandstands, but certain personnel are allowed in the backside. Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park both must abide by the new rules that the government has outlined.
So far so good for both tracks, as they continue to race and accept wagering off-track. The situation is a little murkier in Florida at Gulfstream Park. The local government has told them to shut the track down, while Gulfstream Park fired back with a lawsuit threat. Gulfstream ran races on Wednesday, and they intend to go ahead with the Florida Derby on Saturday. We’ll keep an eye on what happens at Gulfstream. If they do proceed with the Florida Derby, we will have you covered with picks for Saturday.
The Florida Derby will be one to watch just to see how Tiz the Law looks. Tiz the Law was the favorite to win the 146th Kentucky Derby at most sportsbooks until recently. Charlatan, a horse in Bob Baffert’s stable, is currently the odds favorite to win the Kentucky Derby in September. The delay from May to September is going to force trainers to come up with a new game plan. The coronavirus came on so quickly that trainers were caught off guard and a new strategy must be implemented. The main question is going to be how many races should certain horses get in the summer.
Golden Gate Fields is scheduled to have seven races on Thursday. Along with a race card today, Golden Gate Fields will be racing throughout the weekend. As the only game in town, horse racing across the US should continue to draw attention from bettors. I believe in the UK they’ve shuttered their tracks completely, while South Africa and Australia continue to race.
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Post Time: 12:45 PST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
A short 5-furlong contest will get us started on Thursday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields. Post time is scheduled for early Thursday afternoon. The big underdog in Race 1 is the No. 6 horse, Gee Street. Gee Street enters as a 20/1 longshot, having notched 2 wins in 27 races in the past. She is winless in seven straight races, having failed to show in six straight outings.
Her most recent win was from 6 furlongs, while the other was from a mile. Despite those wins, though, she has found it difficult to compete against better horses. Gee Street has finished 6th, 6th, 8th, and 7th in her previous four races. If you’re banking on a big upset in Race 1, you might want to look elsewhere because it’s tough to see Gee Street going for the win on Thursday.
On the opposite side of the coin, you have the favorite to win Race 1 on Thursday, Naomi Fraley. Naomi will be making her first appearance on the track since December 29, 2018. She made only two starts before shutting things down for an absence from racing. In the limited time she did race, Naomi made the most of it with a win and 2nd place finish in her debut.
Her win was from 6 furlongs at Santa Anita Park, as she edged out Meritocracy by 1 ¼ lengths. In her 2nd place effort on December 7, 2018, Naomi missed out on the win by 1 ½ lengths against Gracie Belle. She’s had some promising workouts recently from 5 furlongs, with a time of 1:01.4 and 1:01:00 from 5 furlongs in March. Even though She’s in Luck has been off, her workouts at 4 furlongs were impressive as well, having completed two workouts at 47.80 and 48.60 seconds in March.
That said, the long break could be a concern for her. She was running well in 2018, but a lot could have changed since then. Naomi could return to form right away and continue from where she left off, or feel a bit rusty in Race 1 at Golden Gate Fields. I will say that she’s likely to be competitive throughout the 5 furlongs, though. She will face a strong effort from She’s in Luck from the No. 1 spot.
She’s in Luck has an impressive effort on February 22, as she got the win in a 5-furlong contest by 3 ½ lengths over Secretly Paranoide. She has won 2 out of 14 races, with the wins coming from 5 and 6 furlongs. She’s in Luck looked okay in recent workouts from 4 furlongs, though Naomi ran considerably better. She’s in Luck finished 4 furlongs at 49.40 and 49.80 seconds as opposed to what I noted above for Naomi. The long absence might be a concern for Naomi Fraley, but she still looks like the strongest horse in Race 1.
Post Time: 1:17 PST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Both of our picks at Golden Gate Fields on Thursday come in the early stages of the race card. Right after hopefully Naomi Straley wins in Race 1, we can find a winner in Race 2 as well. Acadia Fleet enters as the longshot horse in this contest as a 12/1 underdog. It’s not the longest odds, but it wouldn’t be bad to cash a horse at +1200.
Is making a selection on Acadia Fleet justified, though? If you do bet on Acadia Fleet, you’re betting on a horse that has won one race in 28 attempts. You’re banking on Acadia Fleet going 2-29 in her career. That’s obviously not to say it can’t happen. There’s been way bigger upsets than a 12/1 horse winning their race.
This is likely shaping up to be a dash between Miss Lucky Lager and Bounty of Gold. Miss Lucky Lager is still looking for her first win since her debut on May 26, 2019. Since then she’s drawn empty in nine races. After failing to show in six of seven races following the win, Miss Lucky Lager has finished 3rd and 2nd in her last two outings.
Her latest race on February 29 was a close call, but ultimately finished 2nd behind Chirp by 2 lengths. She was leading for half of the race, with the lead at the ½ pole, but slipped back in the homestretch. It was the exact same story for Miss Lucky Lager on February 6, too. She was 1st at the ½ pole and allowed the race to get away from her. Unchaining Melody and Hit It Twice were both able to pass Miss Lucky Lager and push her back to 3rd.
Bounty of Gold is coming off a 5th place effort on March 14, so it wasn’t his best outing. Having said that, Bounty of Gold placed in four straight races prior to the effort two weeks ago. That includes a win on July 25 from 5 ½ furlongs. She flew out of the gate and didn’t let go of the lead. Bounty of Gold ultimately got the win over Real Good Deal by 3 ¼ lengths. I’m with Bounty of Gold in Race 2. Hopefully we can make it two quick wins on Thursday afternoon.