It was a big day of stakes racing at Churchill Downs yesterday. There were five stakes races on the card and we nailed all five picks to go a perfect 5 for 5. That was good for a win on the Pick 5 and a place away from winning the Pick 6. We incorrectly selected one race, which was the first leg of the Pick 6 card. I don’t know if I should be ecstatic over winning the Pick 5, or frustrated to be one horse off from winning the Pick 6 and sweeping Churchill Downs.
It’s fair to be a bit of both. The Pick 5 paid out $1,659.40, while the Pick 6 was a $6,279.40 payout, both on just a 2-dollar wager. If you were lucky enough to follow my suggestion on the Pick 5 selections then congratulations. It is the second time I’ve cashed a multi-bet wager at Churchill Downs. Last weekend was a winner on the Pick 3, so what a start it’s been at Churchill Downs for us this season.
We’re back on Sunday looking for another multi-bet winner. This time at the beautiful Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park Pick 5 and Rainbow Pick 6 selections for May 24, 2020. Race 6-11 constitutes the Pick 6, while Race 7-11 covers the Pick 5 card.
Post Time: 3:16 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
5 furlongs for a $45,000 purse in Race 6 at Gulfstream Park. Fuddled and Maggie Fitz are likely going to get into a duel in the stretch of this event. Fuddled was impressive as a first-time starter on March 27. She placed in her first start by a neck behind First Wave. Nice drive in the final furlong from Fuddled, but it just wasn’t enough for the win. She was purchased for $362,462 in October of 2017 and is expected to be a consistent producer at that price.
Maggie Fitz is coming off a similar performance on March 8 as a first-time starter. The rookie raced well to place behind Four Grands by 6 ¼ lengths. Fuddled was much closer to getting the win than Maggie Fitz. Maggie Fitz is expected to win and win now. Purchased for over a million in September of 2018, positive results are supposed to follow Maggie Fitz around. That was a decent debut, though Maggie Fitz will have to begin taking trips to the winner’s circle to justify that price.
American Goddess might be able to hang around going into the top of the stretch, but will likely fade. She has raced in three races in her career and has yet to crack the top-3. American Goddess has finished 4th, 4th, 5th in her career so far. She could surprise and pull the top spot with her experience, but Fuddled and Maggie Fitz are two capable challengers. American Goddess will find wins in her career in easier assignments. For today, this looks like a Fuddled day in Race 6 at Gulfstream Park.
Post Time: 3:49 p.m. EST
Race 7 features a $18,000 purse at Gulfstream Park on Sunday. For Gulfstream Park, that’s one of the smallest purses you’re going to find. It’s an easier race for horses that are looking for an easy win. Like Race 6, this looks like a race between two horses. An upset is going to have to happen somewhere for somebody else to win other than Dizzy Gillespie and Blame the Thief. Blame the Thief has won 5 of 33 races in his career and is looking for a back-to-back on Sunday.
He was a winner on March 13 by ¾ lengths over Business Cycle. Blame the Thief took over a lead by more than a length at the top of the stretch and was able to hold. He was winless in 11 races before getting that win. Blame the Thief finished 7th, 2nd, 6th leading up to that race, so consistency has been a problem. This is not the most difficult race that Blame the Thief could have found, but he will still have to be concerned with Dizzy Gillespie. To a lesser extent, Kahramani might have a bold bid and surprise in the stretch.
Dizzy Gillespie has been the most consistent horse in this race. He’s a winner in 11 of 41 career races, and has ran near the front often in his career. Along with 11 wins, Dizzy Gillespie has placed 5 times, and shown in 7 races. He’s shown in four straight races, with his recent win on November 1, 2019. Dizzy Gillespie beat Donji by ¾ lengths after taking a big 6 length lead at the ¼ pole and holding on late. That was the sixth win in ten races for Dizzy Gillespie. He’s more than capable of getting back to the winner’s circle on Sunday.
Post Time: 4:21 p.m. EST
Race 8 will feature a mile gallop for a $27,000 purse on Sunday at Gulfstream. Toffen and Lady Archa are expected to get into a battle in this event. Days of Spring might be able to make it interesting from the outside, though. The No. 10 horse, Days of Spring, draws the outside post position looking for 4 wins in 14 races.
Her most recent win was on April 10 by 2 ¼ lengths over Miss My Macho. Days of Spring reached the ¾ pole in 4th and was clear in the stretch for the win. It was her third win in five races before finishing 4th in a more difficult challenge in her most recent outing on May 3.
Lady Archa boasts a terrific win percentage of 50% with wins in 5 of 10 career races. She is coming off wins in 4 of her previous 5 races and is looking for more on Sunday. In her most recent outing, Lady Archa 5 ½ lengths in a comfortable win. She was trailing in 3rd at the ¾ pole and then turned on the jets to pull away from the field.
That kind of kick will be welcome today against Toffen. Toffen is the betting favorite on the morning-line, but I’m under the impression that she isn’t going to run totally like a favorite today. Lady Archa is likely going to give her plenty of problems.
Toffen is making the fourth start of her career on Sunday. She’s finished 8th, 1st, 2nd in three races. In her win on April 12, Toffen beat By His Grace by a half length as a sizable underdog. It was an impressive rally for Toffen, from 5th at the ¾ pole to 1st at the wire. In her most recent outing, Toffen placed behind Tournesol by a half length for 2nd. She will have to improve a bit to beat Lady Archa in this one. Toffen should be involved, but I think Lady Archa can edge her out.
Post Time: 4:52 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 9 is for a $46,000 purse at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt on Sunday. This is the co-feature race of the afternoon at Gulfstream. There are only six horses in the field, so your shortlist will of course be very short. Blue Buff and Colonel Liam head into Sunday in the best form. Colonel Liam opened his career with a win on April 11. The young colt won because of DQ to the winner, Per Capita.
Without the DQ, Colonel Liam would have finished 2 lengths back. It was discovered that Per Capita impeded the progress of Colonel Liam, therefore he was DQ’d. It’s not exactly how Colonel Liam drew up his first win, but a win is a win on paper. Colonel Liam was an expensive purchase in April, with a price tag of 1.2 million.
Blue Buff is expected to challenge Colonel Liam in this event. He’s coming off a hat-trick and is in tremendous form. Overall, Blue Buff has a win in 4 out of 7 career races. Blue Buff won on January 29 by 2 ½ lengths, 6 lengths on February 22, and 4 lengths on March 26. He’s heading into Sunday on fire and should be able to beat this field. It might be closer than 6 or 4 lengths, though Blue Buff should have the edge on Colonel Liam.
Post Time: 5:24 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 10 is the co-feature with Race 9 with a purse of $46,000 on offer at Gulfstream Park. This is a big field with 16 participants signed up for 1 1/16 miles. This is shaping up to be a competitive race between Belgrano, New Year, Kokokomo, and Willing to Speed. Narrowing it down between those four, Belgrano and Willing to Speed are likely to be the most willing in this one.
In any event, New Year can’t be ignored off the hat-trick. New Year has won three straight races after going 11 straight to open his career without a win. In his latest outing, New Year won by 1 ½ lengths over Vegas Kitten. A much tougher field awaits today, though. There are two or three horses better than Vegas Kitten in this race. That said, you have to like the three wins for New Year since February 5.
Kokokomo is coming off a layoff after a win on September 21, 2019. Heading into that race, he finished 5th, 4th, 7th, so the drop in class was welcome. Kokokomo is back to competing against a better field, though. Willing to Speed is one of those horses that is going to provide Kokokomo with problems.
I’ve handicapped Willing to Speed before and was rewarded for it with a win on April 23. Willing to Speed won by a half length over Tricky Magician. He was running consistently well and finally reached the winner’s circle for the first time since November 11, 2019. Willing to Speed was in the top-3 in three straight races before his recent win. If he arrives at the gate in the same form as April 23, then that should be enough to beat this field.
Post Time: 5:55 p.m. EST
A short sprint of 5 furlongs for a $19,000 purse to close out the day at Gulfstream Park on Sunday. Kobe Fifty Two and Souper Shenanigan are likely going to battle in this one, with Fort King a willing opponent from the outside. Fort King will need to catch a couple of breaks along the way, though. Breaking well out of the gate will obviously be required in a 5-furlong rage. In the lone win of his career, Fort King won on April 4 at 5 ½ furlongs after taking over the lead early. However, he was unable to follow that up with a successful run. Fort King finished 4th in another 5 ½ furlong race in what was a close battle. In his career, Fort King has 1 win in 6 races.
Souper Shenanigan is looking for his 2nd win in 10 races on Sunday. He has finished 6th, 4th, 6th, 3rd in his previous four races and is seeking a trip back to the winner’s circle since May 19, 2019 at Woodbine in Toronto. Souper Shenanigan will have issues overcoming Kobe Fifty Two is coming off a promising performance on April 24. Kobe Fifty Two won as a first-time starter and did it in impressive fashion over Nothin But Net who was a decent favorite in that one. Kobe Fifty Two won wire-wire, 1st out of the gate and then 2 ¼ lengths over his challenger. He was easily the best horse that day and has the potential to be better than that on Sunday.