Gulfstream Park may very well be the racetrack that has held the most races in the US since businesses were ordered to close in March. Gulfstream has been pumping out cards pretty much from the start of the pandemic and is still moving onward. There was a threat from the local government in Hallandale Beach to close before the Florida Derby in late March, though that was largely ignored and they kept on racing. Most of the world was introduced to Tiz the Law in the Florida Derby, and is now the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.
Elsewhere on the opposite side of the country on the west coast, Santa Anita Park received the ban hammer from the Santa Anita Health Department. They were ordered to stop racing for more than a month. Gulfstream Park has allowed fan access to the track since the end of May, so business must be doing well in Hallandale Beach. There are nine races set to take place with a total of $326,500 available in prize money. We’re going to get started early at Gulfstream. Race 1 and Race 2 are hopefully all we need for a nice day in Florida. Two wins would give us a winning ticket on the early Daily Double multi-bet on Friday afternoon. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks in the Daily Double for July 24, 2020.
Post Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
Gulfstream Park starts on Friday afternoon with a turf race scheduled for noon. This race on the grass will include 5 furlongs of racing for a $39,500 purse. Generic Joe, Quake, and Generic Joe are on my shortlist for this race. Most participants in Race 1 are first-time runners, with Quake and Generic Joe both making their debuts.
Generic Joe comes all the way from Ireland after being purchased for $55,016 in September. He has already been gelded prior to his debut. His work in the morning has been fairly promising. Generic Joe was in good form for recorded times of 47.20, 49.45, 49.20, and 50.60 seconds in his previous four 4-furlong workouts.
Generic Joe should be able to compete right out of the gate in his debut. If he doesn’t win today, then it probably won’t be a long wait until he does find his first career win. Quake will make his debut alongside Generic Joe. I’ve liked what I have seen from Quake in the morning workouts as well. He has been in strong form with recorded times of 49.40, 50, 51.26, and 49.25 seconds across 4 furlongs. Quake was also clocked at 36.80 and 36.81 seconds over 3 furlongs.
Murray’s Bar is the second Irish horse that is competing in Race 1. The colt made his debut on June 12 and showed that he is capable of competing at a level higher than this. Murray’s Bar shot high as a rookie, as he was entered into a $65,000 for the first outing of his career. He handled it nicely to finish 3rd.
Murray’s Bar was 1st from the 3/16 pole to the top of the stretch but failed to hold on. He gets an easier assignment in his follow up race, so an even better finish is expected out of Murray’s Bar. His workouts have been encouraging in the morning, with times of 47.95 and 49.05 seconds over 4 furlongs. This is likely a race between Murray’s Bar and Generic Joe, with Murray’s Bar having the edge in the stretch.
Post Time: 12:29 p.m. EST
We need another race to complete our Daily Double at Gulfstream Park on Friday. If we passed the first test, then it comes down to our next selection in Race 2. This is for a $31,000 purse for over 6 furlongs on the dirt. By His Grace, Cali Queen, and Princess Coro are on my shortlist for Race 2 at Gulfstream.
By His Grace is 0 for 8 in her career, but has been close in a couple of recent outings. She placed in two races on April 12 and May 9. By His Grace lost by a half length against Toffen in a $25,000 event in April, and then 2nd again a month later by a nose against Temperance for a $30,000 purse.
By His Grace was unable to keep the momentum going, though, and she finished 5th on June 24 in a $45,000 race. Her team got a bit greedy entering her in a race of that caliber and didn’t get in the moment. She is back down in class on Friday, and I believe she should have a case in the stretch. By His Grace has proven that she can run well and keep pace in this company before.
Cali Queen is making her debut on Friday, and has showcased promising work in the morning. In three workouts over 4 furlongs, Cali Queen completed them in 48.53, 48.25, and 49.40 seconds. As a first-time runner, Cali Queen could be a dangerous horse. She certainly can’t be ignored in this field. I’m expecting Cali Queen to run closely at the wire.
Princess Coro is five races into her career and getting a class drop today. She has finished 5th, 3rd, 9th, 4th, 5th in her career. Following a 5th place finish on July 5, Princess Coro is going from a $47,000 race to $31,000 today. None of her races have been for purses below $40,000, with the majority nearing $50,000.
This is going to be the easiest opportunity of her career to win so far. Her work in the morning has been good, with times of 48.06 and 49.40 seconds over 4 furlongs, and 34.33 seconds over 3 furlongs recently. Anything less than a win against this field would be disappointing for her connections. She doesn’t have too much competition to worry about, barring an electric debut for Cali Queen. I’m siding with Princess Coro to get it done with her drop in class Friday.