Golden Gate Fields will carry on in California as Santa Anita is told to take a seat. There wasn’t any racing at Santa Anita Park on Friday or Saturday. However, Golden Gate Fields has been going strong this weekend, though. Or at least as strong as they can given the times we’re in. The Health Department in Santa Anita provided the track with an order to stop racing, hence we’re down to Golden Gate Fields for the moment in California. It’s important to note that this was not a state order. If it were you wouldn’t be seeing horses galloping around the track at Golden Gate Fields.
The attention of the horse racing world wasn’t in California yesterday. That was Hallandale Beach, Florida where the Florida Derby took place. The local government in Hallandale Beach has not filed an order for the track to be closed, but they’ve been open with them about wanting a closure. Until something is official and in writing directed to them, it looks like the racing will continue at Gulfstream Park. They successfully got the Florida Derby in on Saturday, which might be the most important thing for Gulfstream officials.
Tiz the Law did what he was expected to do and torched the field by 3 lengths for the win on Saturday. It wasn’t quite as impressive as the performance Charlatan put on two weeks ago, but Tiz the Law won against a better field. Charlatan doesn’t win by 10 lengths if he’s racing in the Florida Derby, though he still may be better than Tiz the Law. In any event, Tiz the Law hadn’t been getting any attention from the betting public before yesterday. With that outing, he’s once again the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby at BetOnline. He’s currently the 5/1 favorite, with Authentic and Charlatan both at 7/1 odds.
Tiz the Law was our Florida Derby pick, so no complaints with his performance. It was enough to get the win and cash a ticket. There are five tracks in the US accepting wagers on Sunday. Despite Santa Anita Park closing, there’s still money to be made elsewhere. We’ll see how long these other tracks can stay open, but hopefully we reach a coronavirus peak by the end of April and 100% of the tracks won’t have to close completely. There is a nine-race day on the docket at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday. Get our free Golden Gate Fields picks for March 29, 2020 below.
Post Time: 12:45 PST
Distance: 1 Mile
Race 1 will feature a six-horse field running for a mile on Sunday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields. Pegasus Sprint will be your horse if you want to turn a little bit of money into a big payday. If that’s going to happen, you’re going to be banking on Pegasus Spring winning the first win of his career. The gelding will be racing in the fifth race of his career and hasn’t had a positive effort yet. He finished 8th in his most recent race on March 8, and has finished no better than 6th in other races. It’s unlikely that we’ll see Pegasus Sprint have enough in the tank to compete with the competition.
The same goes for Nil Phet, who is searching for his first win in what will be the ninth race of his career. He has yet to show in a race, with 4th on October 19 and January 20 the best efforts in his career. He will be up against some slower horses in this race, but it’s hard to see him getting the win. Although, showing would be a good start for Nil Phet. He was 5th in his most recent race, finishing way behind Speakerofthehouse who was the winner. There isn’t a horse that has won a race in his career in this race. However, that’s not to say everyone has been as uncompetitive as the horses mentioned above.
For instance, Glenroy might be 0-10 with regard to wins in his career, but he’s come really close on multiple instances. Glenroy has shown three times and placed in four races. So, Glenroy has finished in the top-3 in 70% of the races in his career. There isn’t any horse in Race 1 that sports that kind of resume in their career going into Sunday. Glenroy could very easily have two or three wins by now. If he spent his time racing against the caliber of this field, he’d certainly have some wins. Look for Glenroy to benefit from racing against weaker horses on Sunday and notch the first win of his career.
Post Time: 3:22 PST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
Six horses will duke it out across 5 ½ furlongs on Sunday in Race 6. 4-year-old and older mares and fillies who haven’t won a race since January 1 are allowed to participate. The biggest underdog in the race, Naughty Sophie, has scored 3 wins in 13 races in her career. However, her most recent win was quite a while ago. That occured on September 20, 2018, so it’s been eight races since Naughty Sophie has found a win. In her seven races since the win, Naughty Sophie has placed in only one race. There was another where she showed, but that’s all for her success.
It doesn’t look like any of the horses that are longshots in this race are going to have a good chance of winning. The best opportunity of that happening is probably on Exactamente. She has won 15 out of 58 races, with her most recent win on November 7, 2019, four races ago. Since that point, though, she’s failed to show in three straight races. Having said that, Exactamente appears to have a better chance of winning than Namorita and Naughty Sophie, who you can get for around the same odds. Realistically, the race seems to be down to Premiere Lady and Lucky Christiana. From what it looks like, they’re the strongest horses in Race 6 to get the win.
Premiere Lady has won 3 out of 12 races, with each win in her previous eight outings. That said, she hasn’t been in prime form in her last three outings. Note that Premiere Lady finished 4th, 5th, and 4th in her last three. Premiere Lady wasn’t running nearly good enough to keep up with Lucky Christiana in her most recent race on March 7. She crossed the wire in 4th, while Lucky Christiana was 4 lengths ahead of her to get the win. I Love Romance held tough with Lucky Christiana, but was able to get the win by a nose.
Lucky Christiana is a winner in 4 out of 11 races for an impressive win percentage of 36.3%. That’s not bad at all when it comes to horse racing. Her most recent win was on March 7, which was the race I just mentioned above that featured Premiere Lady. All of her wins have been from between 5 to 6 furlongs. She is the strongest horse in this race, and if she shows up to dance on Sunday, should have another win to add to her resume in Race 6 at Golden Gate Fields.