It’s going to be a big day of racing on Saturday, as the Fourth of July cards are going to be exciting this weekend. There’s stakes racing from the west to east in North America. The running of the Manhattan Stakes and Metropolitan Handicap are the biggest events of the day at Belmont Park. We will have you covered in New York for tomorrow. There is a full day of racing on Friday to usher us into the weekend. 11 tracks in North America are offering cards on Friday, including Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. It provides another day of trying to take down the Rainbow Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park. We’ll see what we can do with the Pick 6 card on Friday, including the Pick 5. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park Pick 5 and Rainbow Pick 6 selections for July 3, 2020.
Post Time: 1:58 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Race 5 will get us going on our Pick 6 at Gulfstream on Friday. We have two horses shortlisted, with Cash Call Kitten and Basha ready to duel today. Cash Call Kitten gets the outside from the No. 8 post position. She was red-hot to open her career with 5 wins in 7 races.
Cash Call Kitten lost the Jeff Ruby Steaks (Gr. 3) for 7th on March 17, 2018. However, besides that race, Cash Call Kitten was on fire and in good form. Since winning on September 6, 2019, Cash Call Kitten has been winless in six straight races.
Cash Call Kitten showed in his most recent outing on June 12, and that’s been his best performance since the win in September. He was in good form in that one to finish around 3 lengths back of Sharm El Sheikh. Cash Call Kitten remains in the same class for this $22,000 event. He will be tested by Basha who gets a class drop for Friday. Basha was a non-factor on May 9 for a $42,000 purse. He was chasing a $46,000 purse prior to that event as well on April 11.
It’s a big drop down for Basha, but this is a winnable event for him. He’s back in class which should work out well for him. Basha ran 4 furlongs at 49.06 seconds on June 21 in a morning workout. Conversely, Cash Call Kitten completed 4 furlongs at 51.16 seconds recently and just finished 3rd in a similar race against competition he’ll see today. It should be tight, but I give Basha the edge at the wire.
Post Time: 2:28 p.m. EST
A nicely sized purse of $47,000 is on offer for Race 6. It will take over a mile of racing on the dirt to get the win in this one. R U Lucky and Krammy Boy are both solid options. I’ve handicapped both before and both ran decently enough. Krammy Boy has always been up front recently. He’s finished in the top-3 in 6 of his previous 7 entries and 5 of 7 were top-2 finishes.
He won on December 29, 2019, and most recently March 7 over Silent Tiger by 3 lengths. Solid effort by Krammy Boy for a $20,000 purse. Since then, Krammy Boy has finished 2nd and 3rd. He was 3rd in his last performance on May 31 in a $41,000 event.
R U Lucky has a terrific win percentage with 4 wins in 7 outings. That’s a quality win percentage for R U Lucky, as the young colt goes into Friday. R U Lucky has won 2 of his previous 3 races, including his latest on May 17. He won over Like You by a half length for an impressive win. That was for a $30,000 purse, so the stakes are raised a bit on Friday.
R U Lucky was incredibly impressive in the morning on June 28. He completed 4 furlongs for a time of 47.75 seconds a week after getting clocked at 1:00.38 over 5 furlongs. R U Lucky is more than capable of a strong finish in this class.
Post Time: 3:00 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
We move over to the grass for Race 7 at Gulfstream Park on Friday for 1 1/16 miles on the turf for a $22,000 purse. Tipsy Kitten and Grand Nenuco are likely going to get into a battle for the top prize in Race 7. Tipsy Kitten is 6 for 32 with a strong run that nearly resulted in another win on June 12. He finished 3 lengths behind Sharm El Sheikh to place.
Tipsy Kitten was able to beat ten horses in that race, so it was a strong effort. He has gone 7th, 3rd, 5th, 4th, 2nd after winning back-to-back events on July 31, 2019 and August 11, 2019. If Tipsy Kitten continues to show improved form his last performance, then a win is going to be within reach. He was in excellent shape during a morning workout on June 5 to complete 4 furlongs in 47.47 seconds.
Grand Nenuco has finished 4th, 8th, 3rd in his most recent races from October 2, 2019 to June 13. It’s been just over a year since Grand Nenuco has won, with a victory on June 23, 2019. That was a 1 ¼ length win over Could Be for a $25,000 purse. He followed that up with a strong run in the Richard Henry Lee Stakes, but came ¾ lengths short of a win. He’s regressed recently and hasn’t placed since September 6, 2019. It’ll be close with Tipsy Kitten, but I think the No. 4 horse is in better form going into Friday.
Post Time: 3:30 p.m. EST
We stay on the turf for Race 8 for another $20,000 event. Nine horses are going to be entered, with three on my shortlist, Blazing Desire, Uncle Andrew and Keepsakekitten are likely going to be in the mix in the stretch here. Blazing Desire is 3 for 12 in his career and coming off a strong win on April 12. He won over Gran Hombre by a head for a wire-to-wire victory. It was close at the wire, but Blazing Desire was able to hold on for the win on the inside. Blazing Desire was a head ahead from the ¾ pole to the wire, so he dueled and won.
Uncle Andrew doesn’t have much experience and has been rather inconsistent, but is capable in this class. He has finished 7th, 1st, 8th, 2nd in his career with a little bit of everything in his short career so far. Uncle Andrew cleared the field for a 3 ½ length win. It was a poor effort following that for 8th, but Uncle Andrew came back with a sharp performance in his most recent outing on June 7 for 2nd. Uncle Andrew was 1 ½ lengths behind the winner at the wire, though it was still a promising run.
Keepsakekitten is 3 for 6 in his career, and is looking to get back on the winnint trail after finishing 5th on April 12. He was on a major run to finish 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st from November 21, 2019 to March 25. In his most recent win, Keepsakekitten won by a length over Sun Squall and that was for more money at $28,000. He hasn’t raced since April, but a recent morning workout on June 21 suggests that he’s ready to roll. Keepsakekitten was clocked at 48.04 seconds over 4 furlongs. I don’t believe he’s getting enough respect on the morning-line.
Post Time: 4:00 p.m. EST
Race 9 brings us to the second last race of the day for a $47,000 prize. It will take the quickest time over a mile on the dirt to get the top prize today. I’m looking at Sky Chaser and Alizee as my two favorites in the feature event. Alizee holds the slight advantage as a betting favorite on the morning-line at +300. She is coming off a win, which was the second of her career. Alizee has appeared in 15 races throughout her career, with the other win on February 24, 2019 at Fair Grounds.
Alizee has finished 6th, 4th, 4th, 1st in her previous four races. It was the run of her career on January 24 to win by a half length over Big Tina. That was for a $35,000 purse, so her connections are hoping that Alizee will be up for this one. She is coming off a slight layoff going into Friday. In any event, Alizee has looked sharp in the morning, with recorded times of 48.55 and 49.25 seconds at 4 furlongs and 59.95 seconds at 5 furlongs. It’s a positive sign that Alizee should be in good form for today.
Sky Jumper is 1 for 4 in her career, with a win registered on February 15 to take the top prize out of a $32,000 purse. She has finished 2nd and 5th since that win. In her most recent outing, Sky Jumper was a disappointment in a $22,000 event. She went into the race at post time as the favorite, but came out of it with 5th. Given recent form, a small edge goes to Alizee from the No. 2 post position.
Post Time: 4:30 p.m. EST
The final race of the day on Friday at Gulfstream has a mile of racing for a $47,000 purse on the turf. Joe Benjamin and Mony are on my shortlist for Race 10. I think Joe Benjamin is undervalued according to the morning-line in Race 9. Joe Benjamin has been showing great strides, but hasn’t been rewarded for it just yet. He’s 0 for 6 in his career, which doesn’t look good. Although, keep in mind that Joe Benjamin has been involved in five straight races.
After finishing 11th as a first-time runner on April 26, 2019, Joe Benjamin has finished in the top-3 in five straight events, including 2nd in three straight. In his latest entry, Joe Benjamin placed on June 3 to finish behind 5 ¾ lengths short of the heavy favorite. He had a decent morning workout the other day on June 28 for a time of 49.65 seconds. Expect him to have an adequate run and chance to get the win here.
Mony is a leading contender for the top prize in Race 10. He finished 4th in his debut on March 16, 2019 and has been waiting in the stable for another opportunity. The former Todd Pletcher trainee is expected to have a promising career after being bought for $385,000. While 4th wasn’t ideal as a first-time competitor, Mony has shown great strides and has been in good form in the morning, according to reports at Palm Meadows. He completed 5 furlongs with impressive times of 1:00.00 and 1:00.80 recently. That’s incredibly encouraging. This won’t be an easy win by any means, but he is expected to show a lot in his return race.