It’s back to the ponies on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The racetrack has been under pressure from local officials in Hallandale Beach to stop racing, but without an order from the Health Department, they’ll continue to run. Given the actions of the state of Florida up to this point, it’s highly doubtful that they put any pressure on Gulfstream Park to close. Hallandale Beach is a different story, though as Vice Mayor, Sabrina Javellana, has been vocal on social media regarding Gulfstream. It hasn’t amounted to a shutdown order, though, so Gulfstream Park will keep racing. It’s a complicated process given that horses like at the racetracks. They just can’t put a we’re closed sign on the front door and everyone walks away.
You won’t find Golden Gate Fields on the race card this weekend. If you’re looking for Golden Gate Fields picks, you will have to wait for the coronavirus to pass. The big bummer this weekend will be no Santa Anita Park. It’s a track I’ve done well at this year, and that has been closed until further notice. Santa Anita Park closed first at the request of the Health Department, and I think Berkeley was under a lot of pressure to do the same with Golden Gate Fields. A lot of government action during the threat has been a lot of monkey see, monkey do.
We were able to find a winner at Gulfstream Park on Friday afternoon, as Candy Machine was able to come through for us in Race 6. Tyler Gaffalione, who won the Preakness Stakes aboard War of Will, was able to steer Candy Machine to a win Friday afternoon. We took a split at Gulfstream Park yesterday, but with Candy Machine cashing at +160, that’s all that was required for a winning day in Florida. We will have a couple of racetracks covered in Florida today. First, we’re back at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for April 4, 2020.
Post Time: 4:49 EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
This isn’t a typical day at Gulfstream Park. There’s usually some bigger races on the card, but there are hopefully still opportunities to make money. A week ago we were able to easily win on Tiz the Law. Charlatan a few weeks ago and Tiz the Law in the Florida Derby last week was some of the easiest money I’ve made all year.
Iberico likely isn’t your horse if you’re looking for an easy winner like Tiz the Law. Iberico won’t get a sniff of the Kentucky Derby, and put up a DNF in his most recent appearance on March 11. Prior to that, he finished 9th so it’s been a rough couple of races for Iberico. He did notch a win on September 21, 2019, but hasn’t raced well since.
Uncaptured King is a decent option as an upset bet, though. He wasn’t sharp in his last race, finishing 5th out of 6 horses, but was a winner in two straight races before a next to last effort on January 4. Uncaptured King won on December 21 and November 29 at Gulfstream Park.
He got the win by 4 ½ lengths over Sky Bridge on November 29 and a length over Broadway Pete on December 21. That’s the first time he showed in his career and made the most of it with two wins. Uncaptured King has won 2 of 9 races, though hasn’t done well otherwise.
Cigar Box has a similar history, though has raced in only 5 events. In one of them, Cigar Box was the best horse in the field with a win in his latest outing on March 7, 2020. Before that race, Cigar Box’s best finish was 7th. So like Uncaptured King, it may just be a case of easier competition.
Mobeatyabad had one bad event, 5th in his debut, but was able to storm right back for 1st on February 19 at Tampa Bay Downs. He grabbed the win on February 19 in a massive blowout. Mobeatyabad got the win in a landslide in 13 ½ lengths over Vegas Life. He was a big favorite and made sure to live up to the odds.
I like Mobeatyabad, but he will have to deal with Silverly Enough and Inter Miami. Silverly Enough has been one of the most consistent horses in this event. He has shown in four out of five races with a win on December 18. His most recent race resulted in 3rd on March 4 for back-to-back finishes in 3rd. Inter Miami has two wins in five races, but hasn’t been as consistent. In the three other outings, Inter Miami finished 5th, 6th, and 12th.
Inter Miami was slow last week, having finished 12th out of 12 horses. In the race he did win, Inter Miami barely won by a nose against four other horses. I’m going to side with the horse that has been consistently running well with Silverly Enough in Race 9.
Post Time: 5:52 EST
Distance: 7 Furlongs
This isn’t the feature race of the night. That’s Race 10 which has a $48,000 purse, though Race 11 packs a punch with a $46,000 purse on Saturday. Eight horses are signed up for the event, with three big underdogs looking to pull off the upset. Diamonds Enjoy is a hefty underdog with a price of 15/1 as of early Saturday morning. He won his debut on June 19, 2019 but has been unsuccessful looking for a win since. Six more races have produced a couple of 2nd place outings, including the most recent on February 11 at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
Golden Candy showed 3rd on March 14. This after a couple of finishes that saw him cross the wire in 6th. Golden Candy has won two out of nine races, and shown in seven out of nine, so he could be the pick if you’re seeking an upset bid. The consistency has been there throughout his career. Ralston doesn’t have that kind of sample size, though won on December 21, 2019 for a 50% win rate. He finished 5th in his latest race on February 22 in an eight-horse field. It was a downer to go from 1st to 5th, but can’t complain with that debut.
Sonneman and I’ll Fight Dempsey are likely going to be the most competitive horses in Race 11. Sonneman was inadequate in his debut on July 27, but bounced back nicely, placing 2nd and finishing 1st in his next two outings. While his last race was a win, it was all the way back on October 5 by half a length over Cost Basis.
He was in a nice little groove around then, but can he come right back and return to form right away? I’ll Fight Dempsey is perfect in his career with a win in one race. He topped Candy Machine by 2 ½ lengths on February 29 to get the win in his debut. Candy Machine is a solid horse, so that was an impressive win over nine other colts and geldings. I’ll Fight Dempsey had a wire-to-wire win, as he was 1st at the ¼ pole and didn’t let go. I’ll Fight Dempsey is coming off three very good workouts on the 13th, 20th, and 27th. He ran 4 furlongs in 47.99, 48.39, and 48.57 seconds. Conversely, Sonneman posted a time of 48.87, 50.13, and 49.63 seconds in his most recent workouts from 4 furlongs. The edge appears to be with I’ll Fight Dempsey in Race 11 at Gulfstream Park.