The Belmont Stakes field is set for Saturday, as Belmont Park will be the home for the first leg of the Triple Crown. If you’ve been wondering if this has ever been done before, no it hasn’t. The Belmont Stakes has never represented the first leg of the Triple Crown before. That will all change on Saturday thanks to COVID-19. It’s a new strategy for trainers that’s for sure. With months between the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby, they will have to decide what events to participate in.
With the Preakness Stakes a month after the Kentucky Derby, there’s no debating there, of course. Naturally, the time between the Belmont Stakes to the Kentucky Derby is going to be most important for the winner on Saturday. Yesterday was an alright day at the racetrack. We split at Canterbury Park, with the other race a push after weather canceled a portion of the racecard.
That was enough for a profit at Canterbury. The Pick 4 and Pick 5 came up short, but 2 of 4 picks were a success for a win if you played them straight. Our other horse was scratched, so it was a 3-3-3 day in total on Thursday. We have a Gulfstream Park Pick 5 and Rainbow Pick 6 to dive into before the Belmont Stakes tomorrow. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park Pick 5 and Rainbow Pick 6 selections for June 19, 2020.
Pick 6: Race 4-9
Pick 5: Race 5-9
Post Time: 1:34 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 ½ Furlongs
The Pick 6 card at Gulfstream will begin with Race 4 on Friday. 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt will get us started in a nine-horse field. R Ninja J K and U S S Colton are going to be dangerous horses in the event. U S S Colton is off the best race of his short career, as he immediately found success after dropping in class.
He finished 9th and 11th on March 14 and April 9, then saw improved results on May 14 to place. There were slight improvements in form noted, but most of that success was because of weaker opponents. U S S Colton finished 2 ½ lengths behind Captain Duke for 1st. He couldn’t get the win, but a solid performance to grab 2nd and get some of the purse money. His recent workouts have been okay, with times of 50.88 and 50.67 seconds across 4 furlongs.
R Ninja J K made his debut on April 25 at Gulfstream, and made some noise right out of the gate to start his career. He placed 2nd to finish 2 lengths behind Bychance. The Ocala bred R Ninja J K is expected to be a performer in Race 4.
It was a promising debut, and he should be able to build on it against a winnable field on Friday. His workouts have been consistent and strong at 4 furlongs. R Ninja J K completed his scheduled work in the morning with times of 49.58, 48.50, and 49.32 seconds. This is likely going to be the horse to beat.
Post Time: 2:05 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
We’re on the turf for 1 1/16 miles of racing in Race 5. A purse of $27,000 is on offer for nine horses. Vincitore, City Park, and Lookin At Roses are expected to have strong performances. City Park may have a better chance to win this race than the morning-line indicates. He has a win in 7 career races and sees a drop in class for Friday. After winning on February 9, City Park chased after bigger purses, but failed to show in three outings. He finished 4th, 4th, 8th, which included the Crescent City Derby (Black Type) on March 21.
Vincitore has been largely inconsistent throughout his career, with a win in 10 races in his career. Since the win on August 2, 2018, Vincitore finished 3rd, 9th, 6th, 3rd, 4th, 3rd. Close enough to put Vincitore in the mix, but unable to get over the hump. Vicitore has completed 4 furlongs at 49.44 and 48.83 seconds in the morning, along with 3 furlongs at 35.56 second which suggests fairly decent form. Expect to find Vincitore hanging around near the front of the field.
Lookin At Roses enters on Friday in the best form after coming close on May 29. He was fast but just came up short versus a tough field. Looking At Rose lost to the favorite by a head after getting into a duel with Sovereign Warrior in the stretch. If he runs in that form today, a duel isn’t going to be required in the stretch. It would likely result in Lookin At Roses getting clear. Lookin At Roses has finished 2nd, 8th, 3rd, 2nd in his previous four events, with a win on February 9 by a half length over Crypto Gold. This is a dangerous horse to note.
Post Time: 2:37 p.m. EST
We remain on the turf for Race 6 at Gulfstream. The stakes are higher for this event, as a $47,000 purse is on offer. This one should be wide-open, with Cpt. Rhett Butler, Allurstra, and My Point Exactly on my shortlist. My Point Exactly Draws the No. 1 post position in Race 6. He is a 60-race veteran with 12 wins in his portfolio.
Consistency has been the motto for My Point Exactly, with seven straight races inside the top-3. That includes two wins on December 14, 2019 and January 20. My Point Exactly showed in his latest outings on April 3 and May 25. His most recent outing was a close finish between three horses, with all finishing a head between one another at the wire.
Allurstra backs down in class after finishing 7th on May 2. He has 4 wins in 21 races, with a win to open 2020 on January 5. He won over Unpublished by 2 lengths in that race. Since then, it’s been a bit of a rocky road for Allurstra, with finishes of 4th, 2nd, 4th, 7th in his previous four outings. With an easier assignment in his sights on Friday, better results should follow on paper. Cpt. Rhett Butler seems like an interesting selection from the No. 11 post position.
Cpt. Rhett Butler is one of the most inexperienced participants in Race 6 with just two races so far. He finished 4th in his debut on February 8 at Tampa Bay Downs, and then as a first-time starter at Gulfstream, he won over Girolama’s Attack by 6 lengths as an underdog. The improvement in form from his debut was impressive. His workouts have checked out in the morning as well. There will likely be some nice value to be had on Cpt. Rhett Butler at post time.
Post Time: 3:09 p.m. EST
Race 7 brings us to a 6-furlong event on the dirt for a $39,000 purse. Double Advantage and R Uncle Eric are likely going to bring it on Friday. R Uncle Eric had a really disappointing debut on June 5. He was expected to perform well in that one, and was inserted as the favorite to win the race. The public money followed him, but the results did not show on the track. R Uncle Eric finished 5th as a first-time runner in a race he’d like to get back. He is capable of much more than that and should be able to respond in better form on Friday. If R Uncle Eric runs like that again, expect similar results because he isn’t dropping in class here.
Todd Pletcher will have his name in this race, as he sends out the $180,000 Double Advantage for his debut race on Friday. Double Advantage was purchased at auction for $180,000 in September of 2018 and is ready to run finally. He is one of two first-time starters in Race 7. Double Advantage was in good form after a recent workout on June 12, with a time of 49.28 seconds. That’s his best workout of the spring and heads into this one with confidence. If he runs how he’s expected, Double Advantage is going to be a major player in Race 7.
Post Time: 3:41 p.m. EST
It’s feature race time at Gulfstream Park on Friday. This event will have a purse of $48,000 on offer, with the top prize going to the fastest horse at 5 furlongs on the turf. The field will be looking to block a hat-trick bid by Swirling Candy on Friday. Swirling Candy is searching for three straight wins in this one. She is a three-time winner in her young career, with 3 wins in 6 races since her debut on August 28, 2019.
That was a throwaway race, with Swirling Candy finishing 7th and then waking up thereafter. Swirling Candy responded and hasn’t finished outside of the top-3 in five races. Like I said, he’s won her previous two outings, and has won 2 of her last 3. She won over Queen Abarrio by a neck on April 5, and then showed improved form in May to win by 2 ½ lengths over Tony’s Rose on the 29th. She also beat Poseidon’s Passion, who is participating in Race 8 as well. Swirling Candy has finished no worse than 3rd since debuting in August. Expect him to be involved in the race, and stands a good chance of winning again for a hat-trick. If that’s the case, look to see Swirling Candy operating in a higher class in her next outing.
Solid as a Rock is a winner in 2 out of 5 races in her career and will provide Swirling Candy with a battle on the turf. Solid as a Rock is coming off a win on May 15 in an impressive effort. She won by 5 ¾ lengths over Lovely Lady Lexi in that performance after finishing 4th, 3rd, 7th. Her most recent workout was okay, with a time of 51.40 seconds at 4 furlongs. She has been wildly inconsistent. If Solid as a Rock brings the form from her last race to the party on Friday, she is going to be really close at the wire. However, it’s within reason that she doesn’t want to run today and doesn’t do anything special. I’d side with Swirling Candy for the hat-trick.
Post Time: 4:13 p.m. EST
Wide-open racing to close out the day at Gulfstream Park on Friday. 5 furlongs on the turf for a sizable $47,000 purse. Good Bye Greg, Go Gone Gone, and Silverly Enough should have solid runs at the top prize in Race 9. Good Bye Greg is the betting favorite on the morning-line as a result of his consistency. He has been a force over the last nine races, which includes finishing in the top-2 in 8 out of 9 events and top-3 in all nine. Going back to 2016, Good Bye Greg has won in 9 of his previous 15 races. Overall, Good Bye Greg is a winner in 13 of 24 races in his career.
Go Gone Gone has won 8 of 36 races in his career and carries some momentum going into Friday. He won on April 26 and placed on June 3 in his most recent performance. Go Gone Gone won by 2 ½ lengths over I’m Cardinal in April, and then was solid enough for 2nd just a couple of weeks ago. He lost by 1 ½ lengths against He’s Incredible, but was still in solid form. Leading up to those events, Go Gone Gone was struggling mightily, having finished 6th, 8th, 4th, 3rd, 7th. He found a class he can be competitive in, and should have another strong run in Race 9.
Silverly Enough, the youngest horse in the race, is worth some strong consideration and might be the sleeper of Race 9. He is looking for a hat-trick following wins on April 4 and May 20. In seven career races, Silverly Enough has finished in the top-3 in 6 of 7 events and won 3 races. This is not going to be an easy outing for Silverly Enough, but there has to be strong consideration for him. He won by 1 ½ lengths over Zaino Boy in his most recent outing, and a neck over Maserati Man for back-to-back wins. There seems to be some value on the 3-year-old, Silverly Enough, on the morning-line.