A daily double success on Saturday, as we notched back-to-back wins in the biggest races of the day at Churchill Downs. The Fleur de Lis and Stephen Foster Stakes were never in doubt with a couple of easy wins to complete the multi-bet. We’re looking at another daily double on Sunday. This time we’re at Gulfstream Park, where the Florida based racetrack is having 11 races today. Fans are back at Gulfstream Park. That’s the good news in Hallandale Beach for Gulfstream. However, bars have been ordered to suspend drinking, and some have temporarily closed at the moment. If you can’t serve alcohol at a bar, it kind of defeats the purpose. At least for bars that don’t have a restaurant component.
Gulfstream Park has shown no indications that they’re going to close racing off to the public again. If the Health Department mandates that then their hand will be forced. The local government in Hallandale Beach wanted to halt racing in March, but that never went anywhere. I believe Gulfstream Park was the biggest racetrack that didn’t stop racing at any point during the pandemic. Santa Anita Park had a meet going as well, though they froze racing for over a month. Now track officials are hopeful that they don’t have to go back to fanless racing. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks in the Daily Double for June 28, 2020.
Post Time: 2:04 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
The first leg of our Daily Double ticket will begin with Race 5 at Gulfstream Park. Race 5 consists of 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $20,000 purse. Six horses are scheduled to race in the event, with Jamaican and Arrivederla likely going to get into a battle for the win here. Arrivederla drops slightly in class after finishing 5th, 5th, 3rd, 4th, 5th.
That isn’t the best form, but he might be able to find better results racing at a lower level. He finished 5th in his most recent outing on June 20, as Arrivederla was chasing a $47,000 purse in a race he was outclassed in. Prior to that, Arrivederla finished 4th on May 31 in a race for a $41,000 purse.
Overall, Arrivederla is a winner in 3 of 24 races in his career. His most recent win was on February 7 at Gulfstream. That event was for a $19,000 purse, so this is more along the lines of the class Arrivederla should be racing in. He should be able to show at least for the second time in six races.
However, Arrivederla is likely entering this race to win it today. It’s within reach against this field, though Jamaican is going to pose serious problems for Arrivederla. Jamaican is going into this one in good form and might prove to be just slightly too much to handle.
Jamaican dropped classes a couple of races ago, and was immediately met with much better results. He won over Valdocco by a neck, as he was just too hot to beat. Jamaican won from the start to the finish in a wire-to-wire victory. It was close, but Jamaican was in control throughout 6 furlongs.
Jamaican remained in good form for his next race on May 29, but came just short as an underdog. He placed 2 lengths behind Combination to finish 2nd. Nothing wrong with that and Jamaican heads into today in good form. Another bold effort seems to be in the book for Jamaican. I’m backing him to get the win over Arrivederla at the wire.
Post Time: 2:36 p.m. EST
The stakes are raised for Race 6 at Gulfstream Park, as we head over to the turf for a mile event. Race 6 includes a $47,000 purse, so a little more money will be on the line in this one. Summer in the City, Humor Me Dixie, and She’s Just Quality are expected to run boldly in this one.
She’s Just Quality gets the edge over Humor Me Dixie on my shortlist for 2nd, though. She’s Just Quality has been in just two events in her career and was involved at the end in both. She finished 2nd as a first-time starter on April 2 at Gulfstream. In that event, She’s Just Quality finished a length behind Living Vicariously for the win. She edged out Call Curt by a nose to grand 2nd in that race.
She’s Just Quality wasn’t able to build on that race, but she was in the money once again. She finished 3rd on June 12 in her most recent outing. She’s Just Quality was running for a $47,000 pure in that one, so Race 6 today is similar territory for her. She’s Just Quality failed to beat Lady Boss and Meadow Beauty, though was five spots ahead of Humor Me Dixie. And She’s Just Quality wasn’t far off from the win.
She was just 2 lengths back of Meadow Beauty for the win in that event. Heading into that race, She’s Just Quality was in good form in the morning. She completed two workouts with times of 48 and 48.40 seconds. A good run was expected there and is expected today as well. Humor Me Dixie has finished 3rd, 4th, 7th and already proven to be too slow for She’s Just Quality on the track.
Summer in the City showed great improvement from her debut to her sophomore race on April 16. She finished 5th as a rookie on March 4, as Summer in the City chased a $50,000 purse right out of the gate as a first-time starter. Improved form was noted a month later, though, as Summer in the City placed 2nd to lose by a length behind Stormy Derby Day. You can’t ignore Todd Pletcher and what he does as a trainer to get more out of his trainees. Expect to see Pletcher to have Summer in the City finely tuned for Race 6 at Gulfstream Park on Sunday.