All indications suggest that Gulfstream Park will be going ahead with their race card on Wednesday in Hallandale, Florida. There is controversy brewing in Florida after Gulfstream Park threatened to sue the city of Hallandale Beach. If they try to prevent racing from happening, Gulfstream Park intends to file a lawsuit. Broward County banned non-essential businesses, but Gulfstream wants to keep the races going at their track.
It comes at a difficult time for Gulfstream Park, as their biggest event of the year is scheduled for Saturday. The Florida Derby, an event that provides points for the Kentucky Derby, is always a much anticipated event. It’s part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby and one of the biggest horse racing events of the year outside of Churchill Downs, Belmont, and Pimlico.
As I’ve stated before, shutting down a racetrack is a complicated endeavor. Horses must be attended to and trained at the facility, at least the ones who call Gulfstream Park their home at the moment. Perhaps they can come to an agreement on access to the track. At this point, I think Gulfstream Park just wants to get to the Florida Derby. If they can get that event in, then Gulfstream might lay off from their defensive position.
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The sports world might be a standstill, but there are still racetracks open for business when it comes to bettors. Nearly all of them have suspended on-track wagering, but there are still avenues to get your action down elsewhere. Desite no wagering available in-person at the track, some have noticed an uptick in their betting handle.
Some of the bigger tracks that attract thousands and thousands of people every weekend might be feeling the pinch, but the smaller tracks are seeing a bump. Gulfstream Park stands to lose quite a bit if they can’t race on Saturday. No Florida Derby would hurt. We’ll see what happens. Things change hour-to-hour these days. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks on March 25, 2020.
Post Time: 4:05 EST
Distance: 1 Mile
We’ll go to the backend of the racing card to get our day underway at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday. This is a late afternoon start in Florida for 3-year-old colts and geldings who haven’t won a race at 1-mile or more on turf since February 25. There are some juicy odds being offered in this race. Several horses are catching big odds in Race 7 at Gulfstream Park. There are six horses in the field that have odds of +800 or greater.
All D’ Hype would provide a nice winning ticket as a 30/1 underdog. He has won just one win in his ten-race career, which came on July 26, 2019. All D’ Hype is a loser in seven straight races since winning the only race in his career. All of which he was not able to show in. Besides the win on July 26, All D’ Hype hasn’t shown in any race.
If you are looking for a longshot in Race 7, Earthquake at 8/1 odds might be your best gamble on Wednesday. He has raced in just six races, but is a winner in two of them and has won two straight races going into this event. His latest win came on February 15 in a 1-mile race at Gulfstream Park. He edged out My G P S by 4 ½ lengths to secure the victory. In the other win, Earthquake beat eight other horses to win by a head over Chaos Kid. Earthquake has placed in each of his previous three races. I’m not saying he’s winning this race, but the price is pretty good on Earthquake.
The horse to beat in Race 7 has to be Keepsakekitten, though. He has raced in only four races, which dates back to his debut on September 6, 2019. Since finishing 5th at Gulfstream Park West in that race, Keepsakekitten has improved with two wins and a 2nd place showing on January 4. His most recent outing resulted in a win on January 31 at Tampa Bay Downs. He had a slow start in that race, but exploded late to beat Pretendant by a head in a 1-mile competition.
In Keepsakekitten’s 2nd place outing on January 4, he didn’t get off to a good start there and paid for it. He had a late rally in him, but got caught up out of the gate and couldn’t recover in time. He was 5th going into the homestretch and was able to pull within 3 lengths to finish 2nd. If Keepsakekitten didn’t get stuck out of the gate in that one, he likely wins and would be going for his fourth win in a row today. He will get a better spot in the starting gate on Wednesday, which should prevent him from getting boggled up again. Keepsakekitten looks like the horse to go with.
Post Time: 5:07 EST
Distance: 1 ½ Miles
There are some handsome purses up for grabs on Wednesday. It’s nothing compared to what you’ll see Saturday at the Florida Derby, but for a Wednesday afternoon at Gulfstream, a $51,000 purse for Race 9 ain’t too shabby. There are three horses in this race with monster odds.
Duc de Calas, Bluesky Kitten, and Extra Extra are all 20/1 underdogs and looking to spring an upset on Wednesday. Duc de Calas is all the way from France, hence the french name, and has made three races in the US. He’s made six races in France where he had success, but it’s been a tough transition across the pond against better competition.
Duc de Calas won three out of six races in France. However, Duc de Calas hasn’t come close to winning in the US. His best finish is 8th at Delaware Park, and he couldn’t have done any better because there were only eight horses in the races. He finished dead last in the other two outings he’s made outside of France.
I can’t see him getting everything together for Wednesday. Bluesky Kitten has won two of 21 races and has shown in six out of his most recent outings. He is coming off two 7th finishes on February 1 and 22nd. Extra Extra is coming off a win in the fourth race of his career. He might be the best bet if you’re looking to make a wager on the 20/1 horses in Race 7.
Vegas Kitten might be worth a look at 7/2. He’s coming off a couple of nice efforts, with a 2nd place performance on January 12 and 1st in his latest race on March 4. Vegas Kitten got the win against five other horses for a 2 ½ win over Wise to Listen. Having said that, Vegas Kitten was on a cold run, failing to finish in the top-3 in four straight races. In five out of his nine races, Vegas Kitten has failed to show.
Lemonist is cool with a 4th, 5th, and 7th place outings in his last three outings. He has raced against some really good talent, so keep that in mind. The field he’s seeing today is not going to be his usual stiff competition. Lemonist has been a regular at Belmont Park and Saratoga where he saw some really good race horses.
This is going to be a drop in class for him against inferior opponents on Wednesday. Lemonist has won 3 out of 21 races in his career. The most recent win was on February 23 at Gulfstream Park. All three of the wins in his career have been at Gulfstream Park. This is his first race for a new stable and should be able to perform at a high level Wednesday. I’m with Lemonist against a group of weaker horses in Race 9.