Gulfstream Park holds their first racecard of the week with ten races on Wednesday. There are co-feature events today, with Race 4 and Race 9 both offering $47,000 purses. It’s not the biggest day in terms of monetary awards at Gulfstream Park, and it’s going to be a minute before they’re in the spotlight again. The next stakes race at Gulfstream is scheduled for July 4. There will be three stakes races, with purses of only $75,000. The Princess Rooney Invitational in September is the next stakes event at Gulfstream Park with a purse of $300,000.
The horse racing world will be glued on Saturday to the happenings in New York. The first leg of the Triple Crown is scheduled with the running of the Belmont Stakes. If you’ve been asleep for the last few months, the Kentucky Derby has been moved to Labor Day Weekend, while the Belmont Stakes assumes the role of the first leg in the Triple Crown ever. Before we get to Saturday, hopefully there is some money to be made elsewhere, though. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park Pick 3 and Pick 4 selections for June 17, 2020.
Pick 4: Race 2-5
Pick 3: Race 3-5
Post Time: 12:30 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
The second race of the day at Gulfstream Park features a fairly nice purse of $36,000. It will take place on the dirt with 5 furlongs of racing. Heavenly Blessing and Dreaming Thousand are my favorite horses in the event. Dreaming Thousand is the betting favorite on the morning-line with a price of +300 for some fairly decent odds. The young colt is making his debut on Wednesday, as are six other participants in Race 2.
Auctioned off for just $1,000 in March, ProRacing Stable is looking to turn a little into a lot. He could very well hit the winner’s circle as a first-time runner on Wednesday. This is a winnable race right out of the gate for him. He completed 4 furlongs at 51.65, 49.20, and 51.25 seconds recently. His most recent workout was good for a time of 36.45 seconds. None of those are special times, but against this field, Dreaming Thousand should be in contention.
While I’m on board with Dreaming Thousand running well in this race, there might be better value elsewhere at post time. Heavenly Blessing is getting +400 on the morning-line and could be ignored which might be the wrong move. He is coming off a promising debut on May 28.
Heavenly Blessing was a big +1950 underdog in that race by post time, but beat several of the favorites to finish in the top-3. He finished ahead of five other horses, while losing by a half length for 2nd. His effort in the morning has been similar to Dreaming Thousand. Heavenly Blessing should be able to keep up with a good chance of getting the win.
Post Time: 1:02 p.m. EST
The turf will be used for the second time today at Gulfstream Park in Race 3. A mile of racing for a $35,000 purse will be on offer for the event. I like what Afficionado and Days of Spring bring to the table on Wednesday. Days of Spring has won 4 of her previous 14 races, and is coming off a win on May 24.
It was the second win in three races for Days of Spring, as she won because of a DQ. R U Royalty was disqualified after committing interference in the stretch. Her last clean win was on April 10 by 2 ¼ lengths over Miss My Macho. She showed good kick in the stretch to gain an advantage to get clear of the field. Days of Spring has finished in the top-2 in 5 of the previous 7 races. One to note on the shortlist.
Afficionado is likely going to be the one to beat here, though. She is down in class for Wednesday after finishing 6th in back-to-back races. That includes an entry in a stakes race in France on October 29, 2019. Against easier competition, Afficionado looked much better. She finished 2nd, 1st, 1st, 2nd in four straight races. This race is more along the lines of that competition than what she saw there. Against a more forgiving field, look for Afficionado to be within reach of a win.
Post Time: 1:34 p.m. EST
Race 4 is the co-feature event of the day at Gulfstream Park, with a $47,000 purse on the line. Ever Smart and Estilo Talentsoso should get into a battle for the top prize on Wednesday. Independent Miss might be worth a look as well from the No. 3 post position. Ever Smart is coming off two strong performances on April 19 and May 27 to place in back-to-back events.
As a first-timer runner, Ever Smart finished 9th in her racecourse debut on March 7. Her morning workouts have been adequate. In her latest race on May 27, Ever Smart finished well behind the winner by 11 lengths, but still beat out eight other horses.
Independent Miss carries some decent value on the morning-line at +450. Her problem has been finding better consistency. She has finished 7th, 3rd, 3rd, 4th in her previous four races, and with an easier race on tap Wednesday, Independent Mix will likely be in the mix. She placed in her debut on November 9, 2019, but has gone winless in eight career races. Today might be the day, though for that to happen, she’ll have to find a couple of breaks along the way. Estilo Talentsoso getting stuck in traffic would be one break.
Estilo Talentsoso, who I have handicapped before, is the most consistent horse in Race 4. She has finished in the top-3 in all five races in his career, and placed in four of them. Estilo Talentsoso finished 3rd in her most recent race on May 3. It was the first time that she was unable to finish in the top-2. Despite that happening, Estilo Talentsoso was sharp in her most recent workout on June 10 for 48 seconds at 4 furlongs. She enters in good form and should reap the benefits.
Post Time: 2:05 p.m. EST
7 furlongs on the dirt will close out our Pick 3 and Pick 4 card out at Gulfstream Park for Wednesday. We will have a Rainbow Pick 6 card on the next day of racing at Gulfstream, so be sure to look out for that. This should be a race between Flaming Hot and Septemberten. Maybe Quick Step Ed has a surprise showing, but it will be tough to navigate past Flaming Hot and Septemberten. Septemberten has a win in 12 races.
Beyond that, though, he’s been looking for another trip to the winner’s circle. His win was only three races ago in March, though since then, Septemberten finished 4th in back-to-back races to tie the worst finishing position of his career. He went on a monster run with eight straight finishes in the top-3, before winning and then regressing.
Flaming Hot is in a similar boat. He finished in the top-2 in four straight races, and in 6 of 7 to open his career, but then hit a wall like Septemberten in tougher races. Flaming Hot was placing, while Septemberten was mostly showing during his stretch of consistency, though. Flaming Hot won by 5 ¼ lengths in January in his most recent win on January 15. Since then, Flaming Hot has finished 2nd, 5th, 6th. His most recent workout was mightily impressive, with a time of 47.45 seconds at 4 furlongs on June 6. That form would be enough for a win.