There are some new arrivals to the horse racing schedule on Thursday. Golden Gate Fields is racing again as is Charles Town in West Virginia. In more good news for horse racing, Santa Anita Park received the greenlight and official word on Wednesday that they can begin racing again this weekend. Santa Anita will hold a couple of stakes races this weekend with $150,000 on the line in each race.
That’s a big deal for Santa Anita, who can now start to plan for the Santa Anita Derby. The Derby is scheduled for June 6, so mark your calendars. We will have you covered for the Santa Anita Derby in June. With the Kentucky Derby getting delayed to September, the Road to the Kentucky Derby has been altered, but organizers plan to get every race in. Gulfstream Park will be hosting some stakes racing this weekend as well.
They’re scheduled to hold three races on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, with the top prize offered in the Musical Romance S of $100,000. Before we get there, though, let’s see how we can do on this Gulfstream Park Pick 5 and Rainbow 6 card on Thursday. The Pick 6 begins with Race 5 and the Pick 5 with Race 6. Head below for our free selections at Gulfstream Park for May 14, 2020.
Post Time: 3:11 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 Mile
The Rainbow Pick 6 card begins with Race 5 at Gulfstream on Thursday. It’s a six-horse field with a $23,000 purse. Be Gone Daddy, Dizzy Gillespie, and Stone hands will all likely be involved in the stretch in Race 5. Dizzy Gillespie has 11 wins in 39 races and has been running relatively well recently.
He’s shown in each of his last two starts and has a win on November 1, four starts ago. In 11 of his previous 14 races, Dizzy Gillespie has finished in the top-3. He’s made only one outing in 2020, though, for 3rd on February 17 as a big underdog. Note, though, that was a more difficult assignment. This should be easier on him today.
Be Gone Daddy has made three appearances in 2020, finishing 3rd, 6th, 5th. He has a win in 4 of 24 races and is dropping in class on Thursday. Thanks to the class drop, Be Gone Daddy will likely play a role in the stretch in this one. This is a much easier race for him to deal with and his finishing position should improve as a result. Stone Hands has 4 wins in 28 career races. He’s seeing a downgrade as well.
Stone Hands looked awful after better competition, having finished 5th, 3rd, 6th, 4th, 9th in his previous five outings. His last win was on May 28, 2018, which was a tune-up race for the San Carlos Stakes (Gr. 2) and Bing Crosby Stakes (Gr. 1) where he faltered hard. Stone Hands finished 6th and 8th in those races. Not too much value on the favorite. Dizzy Gillespie had just as good of a chance to win as the two betting favorites ahead of him.
Post Time: 4:43 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
16 horses will compete for a $45,000 purse on Thursday in Race 6. It’s imperative to shortlist some horses in these races or you’re going to be overwhelmed by the options. Flashing Red, Thankful, and Fresco will be front runners in this event, while there are a couple of potential upset specials that you can identify.
Astoundment and My Sweet Wife seem to be two that you can focus on. My Sweet Wife has +1200 odds to win on the morning-line. She will be making her debut and has boasted good form in recent workouts. Her career should shape up well, but might be ready to surprise right out of the starting gate as a rookie.
Astoundment has appeared in four races and has been in decent form with finishes of 5th, 3rd, 7th, 5th. I’m not ready to make her my play here, but could be worth a sprinkle as well. The best value in the race might be on the No. 16 horse, Flashing Red, who was scratched from a recent event to race today.
In just three career races, Flashing Red has been in the top-3 in all races, including placing on February and March 8 in back-to-back races. Flashing Red lost by 3 lengths in February, and then got much closer in March to lose by a neck. Thankful will be the wildcard in this event in her debut.
Serious potential thanks to impressive form in workouts. Fresco has made one more start than Thankful and looked good to show in 3rd on January 26. All three should have good runs on Thursday. I like to try and stay unique from the public when I play the Rainbow 6. Flashing Red has a rock solid chance of winning and is getting better odds than Thankful and Fresco. However, keep an eye on Thankful for future races.
Post Time: 4:15 p.m. EST
We go from 16 horses to less than half that in Race 7. If you’re a regular Gulfstream Park handicapper, then several of these names should be familiar. Maserati Man and Beyond Gone are both recognizable names in the backstretch at Gulfstream in 2020. Beyond Gone made the move from Churchill Downs to Gulfstream Park and has had some success with a couple of wins in 7 races. He is 3 for 13 in his career in total. He should be involved in this one, but Valid Quest may be the better value bet here at +400.
Valid Quest has been coming on strong recently and has been in good form. After finishing 6th 6th, 4th in his first three races, Valid Quest has been at the top of his game recently. He makes the move from Aqueduct to Gulfstream for this race after five races there. Leading up to this event, Vaid Quest won on February 8 and placed in 2nd on March 15. In his win, Valid Quest won by 5 lengths over Bronze Lion. He was up front again in his next race, though was beaten by a half length against Cryptographer.
Having said that, Valid Quest will have tougher company in this race. He moves up a class, which closely resembles his first three outings, where he finished 6th and 4th. Maserati Man heads into Thursday in good form after finishing 1st, 3rd, 2nd in his previous three races. In his latest event, Maserati Man was beaten by Silverly Enough at the wire by a neck. Should be hard to beat in this one.
Post Time: 4:46 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Nine horses will vie for a $20,000 purse in this 6 ½ furlong event in Race 8. Napa Rules and Don’t Get Khozy will likely present bold bids in this one. Fast Venezuela should have a decent shot at the win as well. The only concern with her has been her consistency. She does have 2 wins in 5 races for what is impressive.
Fast Venezuela won as a first-time starter on August 3 and then finished 7th, 1st, 7th, 4th. In her most recent win, Fast Venezuela got the win by 2 ¼ lengths over Don’t Get Khozy. However, then she regressed in her most recent outings. Certainly a wildcard that could win or race very poorly.
Don’t Get Khozy didn’t win that race against Fast Venezuela, but was in top form in her most recent trip around the track. She was a winner by a neck over Blessed Beast after strong kick at the top of the stretch. Don’t Get Khozy is a winner in 2 of 11 races and has finished in the top-3 in three straight performances, and has been in the top-3 in 4 of her previous 5 outings. Napa Rules is coming off a win on May 10 and will be in contention as well.
Napa Rules won by a nose over Tipsy Again for that win. It was the third of her career, with a win on February 2 as well. That was a more comfortable win, as Napa Rules won by 3 ⅓ lengths. With 3 wins in 8 races in her career, Napa Rules has won nearly half of the events she’s been featured in. Close call here between Napa Rules and Don’t Get Khozy, but I think Napa Rules has what it takes for back-to-back wins on Thursday.
Post Time: 5:17 p.m. EST
The feature race of the day will include a $48,000 purse in a small field of six participants. It will be a short race of just 6 furlongs on the dirt. You can cut the field in half and shortlist Violent Times, Day By Day, and Bronx Beauty here. All should have good runs on Thursday in Race 9. Bronx Beauty has won half of the races she’s been involved in, but a recent jump in class has bothered her.
Her last win was on September 28, 2019 at Monmouth Park. After that win, Bronx Beauty’s team opted to enter her in a couple of higher profile events, the Sugar Swirl Stakes and Inside Information S. on December 14, 2019 and January 25. Neither race panned out correctly, with Bronx Beauty finishing 4th and then 7th. Dropping down in class should help her chances on Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
Day By Day heads into this one with plenty of momentum after placing or winning in five straight races. She is a winner in 7 of 32 races, with her most recent win on January 31 by 3 ½ lengths over Sanaable. Since the win, Day By Day has finished 2nd in three straight races. In her latest performance on April 18, Day By Day was a length behind Miss Aurament for the win. If she didn’t have to deal with Violent Times in this one, Day By Day would be in strong consideration for a selection here.
On paper, Violent Times doesn’t appear to have the same resume. However, this will be a drop in class after finishing 5th, 9th, 3rd, 2nd in her previous four races. 5th and 9th were both stakes races. This is likely a race between Violent Times and Day By Day. They will look to duel, with Violent Times edging her out for the win.
Post Time: 5:47 p.m. EST
The final race of the day will go 5 furlongs with 16 participants in Race 10 at Gulfstream Park. There’s value to be had in this race with plenty of potential winners. I’m going to shortly Honest Gal, Dancingwithjimmieb, Dotdotdash, Espiritu De Luna, and Cookie Cove are all included on my shortlist. Hechizada might have a surprising run as well.
Cookie Cove is the betting favorite according to the morning lines and will be on a lot of tickets. After finishing 2nd in 3 of her previous 5 races, Cookie Cove is looking for the real deal this time. Winless in eight career races, she came close in her most recent outing on March 29 to finish 2nd. She crossed the wire 3 ½ lengths behind Holly Hill. Cookie Cove is going to have another good run at the win here, but I think there’s better value elsewhere.
There isn’t the most talent in this field, so it’s likely going to be a wide open affair. A horse like Dotdotdash could pop after finishing 6th in back-to-back races to open her career. She improved to 4th on March 18 and April 23. Against a beatable field, Dotdotdash might be ready to move up again. She is certainly a serious player to show or place in this one. The same goes for Espiritu de Luna who drops classes considerably after no luck in her first six races. She has finished 4th, 7th, 7th, 7th, 7th, 8th in those outings. The easier company should help.
Honest Gal might present the most value in Race 10. She has been racing in the best form recently, and has been coming close to a win. A break or two and Honest Gal might have more than a win, though she’s winless in eight career races. That said, Honest Gal has placed in 2nd in five of those contests, and has been 2nd in 4 of her previous 5. Honest Gal placed in her latest race on April 18 to finish 3 ½ lengths behind Katniss Kan. She entered the top of the stretch in 1st, but was outmatched late. That was at 5 ½ furlongs. 5 furlongs and she may have won. At +600, Honest Gal is worth a look.