The beautiful Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida is holding ten races on Sunday. It isn’t a big day at Gulfstream Park, with no race with a purse above $50,000. There are two events with a $47,000 purse, but that’s the biggest events of the day at Gulfstream Park. Gulfstream won’t have a stakes race until the Fourth of July, and those are the only for $75,000, so it’s pretty quiet around Hallandale Beach the next two months. The Florida Derby was a couple of months ago, with Tiz the Law winning by 3 lengths in that one. Tiz the Law is a Triple Crown hopeful that might be the best horse of completing the trifecta.
The first leg of the Triple Crown takes place next weekend at Belmont Park. The Belmont Stakes is almost ready to play host to a historic race. Historic in the sense that it is the first time that it will be the first leg of the Kentucky Derby. I have a feeling that naming the year that the Belmont Stakes was the first leg in the Triple Crown will be a trivia question decades from now. When things return to normalcy, the Kentucky Derby being held on the first Saturday in May will resume. As far as today is concerned, let’s just look at what Gulfstream Park has in store for us on Sunday. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park Pick 4 and Pick 5 selections for June 14, 2020.
Post Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Gulfstream Park will get the day started with 1 1/16 miles on the turf for a $21,000 purse. There are three horses on my shortlist, with Bee Wings, Wonder Blondy, Sunday Scheming, and Tokyo all viable options. Bee Wings is a hefty underdog at +800 on the morning-line, but could have a surprising run in this one.
She’s come close a couple of times in her career, though stopped and had to settle for placing on November 22, 2019 and March 4. Bee Wings has placed twice in seven career races, but has yet to get to the winner’s circle. This is the toughest race in the world for Bee Wings. In her previous race in a bit of a higher class, Bee Wings finished 4th on April 17.
Tokyo drops way down the ladder after finishing 4th and 6th in her first two races on April 12 and May 9. None of her workouts have suggested that Tokyo should have been racing in those events, but she’s racing more at her level on Sunday in Race 1. She completed 5 furlongs with a time of 1:02.88 and 1:02.78, and 4 furlongs at 50.55 seconds on June 7. I’d probably rather look for an underdog like Bee Wings instead of Tokyo.
The betting favorite, Sunday Scheming, has been a bit inconsistent so far in her career. She has finished 8th, 3rd, 5th with not much to get excited about. This race is slightly down in class from her last race on May 15, but not much and she finished 5th in that one on May 15. Recent 5-furlong workouts have been adequate, with a time of 1:01.40 and 1:01.08.
Wonder Blondy might be forgotten about on the other side of the gate, but I can’t leave her out of the equation. She has been coming on strong to show and place in her previous two races. Wonder Blondy has been good for 4th, 5th, 4th, 2nd, 3rd in her career. She rallied hard in her most recent outing, but ran out of room and settled for 3rd at a mile. While Wonder Blondy is a bigger underdog than Tokyo and Sunday Scheming, she is likely a major threat to those two.
Post Time: 12:30 p.m. EST
Race 2 will mark the first race on the dirt at Gulfstream Park on Sunday. The event will be worth a $36,000 purse on offer for ten participants. Say Cheese and Missing Link are likely going to be involved deep in the stretch. Missing Link is coming off a strong debut against tough company. That said, Missing Link finished where she was projected to given her odds. She was beaten by a nose against Special Inclusion and 1 ½ lengths for the win, so Missing Link wasn’t far away at all. It’s likely she holds up well against this competition on Sunday. If Say Cheese wasn’t participating in Race 2, then I think Missing Link would be the clear selection here.
However, she will have to deal with Say Cheese who is coming off a strong performance in her racecourse debut. Say Cheese raced on May 29 as a first-time starter and held tough to place for 2nd. It was a close event, with Say Cheese losing by a neck. Say Cheese and Darla got into a duel in the stretch, though Say Cheese didn’t have the extra step in her. Expect Say Cheese to get into another duel on Sunday. Missing Link isn’t going anywhere, but I think Say Cheese is going to be on the other side of a close race in this one with a win.
Post Time: 1:02 p.m. EST
Three more races to go for our Pick 4 and Pick 5 ticket at Gulfstream Park on Sunday. Race 3 will feature a big field of 15 horses vying for a $25,000 purse on the turf. Worth Avenue, True Heiress, and Cape Trios are on my shortlist in the event. Don’t ignore Fiber Optic, either. True Heiress gets the inside rail out of the gate, and might be able to take advantage of it with only 5 furlongs to go. The Florida bred True Heiress has gone 4 for 26 in her career and is coming off a win on May 7.
It was a nice win for True Heiress after she stepped down a class. She won by 1 ½ lengths over Heir Ball to get her first win since 2018. Since that win on October 17, 2019, it has largely been a struggle for True Heiress. She finished 4th, 8th, 7th, 4th, 7th, and then won after going down in class. This is going to be a tougher ask for True Heiress, but I could see her hanging around near the front in the stretch.
Worth Avenue is the betting favorite on the morning-line at +180. The mare is on a nice run with three straight finishes in the top-2, including a win on May 7. I had Worth Avenue in that race and was strong enough to win by a nose over Nowitna River. In her next race, Worth Avenue was on the opposite side to lose by a neck at the wire. Cape Trios and Fiber Optic should give her another tight race today.
Cape Trios is back after sitting out since January. She has gone 5 for 20 in her career, with her latest win on September 26, 2019. Since then, Cape Trios has gone 3rd, 7th, 4th. Workouts have been decent, with times of 51.90, 49.60, 48.90, 48.45, and 48.76 seconds in May. Fiber Optic is a winner in 3 of 8 races and is in good form. She has finished 1st, 1st, 3rd in her previous three outings and will certainly have a good run again today. I’m most impressed by her in the morning, with quick workout times at 4 furlongs. She has been clocked at 47.40, 47.43, and 47.50 seconds going into Sunday. Like I said, Fiber Optic is not a horse to ignore today.
Post Time: 1:37 p.m. EST
We are back on the dirt for Race 4, with a purse of $20,000 on offer. This one could end up in a duel down the stretch. Superhighway and Voicesinthedarknez line up next to one another in the gate, and will probably be near one another in the stretch as well. Voicesinthedarknez has been getting stronger after a poor performance on April 3. He finished 10th in a difficult assignment, and has been trending up since that outing.
Voicesinthedarknez has looked stronger against weaker competition, almost getting to the winner’s circle in his latest performance on May 23. He fell 2 lengths back of Macho d’Oro, but was good to place for the first time in his career. Prior to that outing, Voicesinthedarknez finished 3rd, so improvements have been noted since 10th on April 3. His workouts have been fairly sharp according to his times, with 4 furlongs completed at 49 and 49.65 seconds.
Superhighway raced against harder competition on May 29 and placed for 2nd behind Wind Ridge by 2 ¼ lengths. She is with a new stable going into Sunday and should perform well. All of her workouts since April have been quicker than 49.65 seconds. It should be a close race in the stretch, but Superhighway should have the edge at the wire.
Post Time: 2:10 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Our day at Gulfstream Park will conclude with 1 1/16 miles of racing on the turf for a $22,000 purse. There are 12 horses scheduled to race in the event. I’m looking at Youshouldbesolucky, Spinning Kitten, and Preacher Marsee on my shortlist. The winner is likely one of those three, with Youshouldbesolucky getting the honor as the morning-line favorite.
Youshouldbesolucky has been coming close, but just a bit too short recently. He has placed in 4 of his last 6 races. In his latest performance, Youshouldbesolucky lost by 1 ½ lengths behind Dillon Rocks. I’d like to see some quicker work in the morning from him, though. Overall, he has gone 1 for 15 in his career.
Spinning Kitten is 1 for 12 in his career, with the lone win coming on March 22, 2019 at Gulfstream as a first-time starter. It’s been a struggle to get back into the winner’s circle since then, but Spinning Kitten has been making his presence felt in spots. Spinning Kitten had his best performance in months in his latest performance. He finished a neck behind Volubile for the win on April 9. Tough loss, but something to build on for Sunday.
Preacher Marsee is 1 for 7 in his career and is dropping classes for Race 5 on Sunday. Outmatched on April 30, Preacher Marsee finished 7th against a difficult field. The young colt has been much better against competition like he’s going to find in this one. Preacher Marsee finished 1st, 3rd, 2nd in comparable outings. A recent 5-furlong workout was decent enough for a time of 1:01.57. It should be an entertaining race, like most events at Gulfstream today. I’d side with Preacher Marsee by a neck.