We’re back in Florida at Gulfstream Park on Friday looking for a winning combination for the Rainbow Pick 6. A couple of winners on our ticket Thursday, but not good enough for perfection. Koko Star was our big winner of the day, as he won as a +600 horse in the final race of the day in Race 11. We wrapped up the day with two winners in Race 10 and Race 11, so hopefully the streak can roll right into Friday. There are three racetracks open for racing on Friday, with two in Florida, Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs, while Remington Park will have another quarter horse card on Friday night in Oklahoma City.
For the purposes of our Gulfstream Park Pick 5 selections for Friday, the card will begin with Race 7. For the Pick 6 at BetOnline, Race 6-11 will cover the Pick 6. You can also get a 7% cash rebate on your losses by playing at BetOnline. And with that, let’s get straight to our Gulfstream Park Pick 5 and Rainbow Pick 6 selections for May 8, 2020 below.
Post Time: 3:45 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
6 furlongs will get us started on Friday at Gulfstream Park. It’s a 6-furlong sprint for a decent purse of $19,000. Eight horses are signed up for the event which features fillies and mares. If you’re looking for solid value on an upset, I’d say that Harmonic Thunder has nice odds at +2000. She has the longest odds according to the morning lines, but I think could be a better option than Khozana and even Lucy’s Interest.
Harmonic Thunder is searching for her first win, though came close a couple of starts ago. She finished 2nd against a similar field on March 25 by 1 ½ lengths behind the winner. Her next start was anything but impressive for 11th on April 17, but will largely see easier company in Race 6 on Friday. Khozana is making her debut on Friday after a recent workout on April 30. She completed 5 furlongs at 1:03.00. Lucy’s Interest has finished 9th, 5th, 6th, 6th after a couple of promising starts in her first two outings. She finished 2nd and then 3rd, but has fallen off since the winter.
Bardot and Commanding Lady are likely going to be the best options for Race 6 at Gulfstream Park. Commanding Lady showed improvements after finishing 10th on December 22, 2019, finishing 3rd and 4th in her previous two outings. Bardot showcased tremendous promise in her debut on April 4 to finish 2nd against 10 other horses. Smitten for Smitty was able to edge her out by 1 ¾ lengths. Despite failing to get the win, it was a nice race to place for Bardot. Certainly the most dangerous participant in Race 6 and should get the win if she comes to race on Friday.
Post Time: 4:17 p.m. EST
Race 7 features eight horses running a mile for a $18,000 purse. Kindhearted Kota and Amaluna will be looking for the upset. Kindhearted Kota has a win in 3 out of 33 races, but has been rather slow recently. She won on Halloween and has lost in six straight outings. Two recent races in March and April are the most concerning for Kindhearted Kota.
She finished 7th in both races and didn’t show much jump in either event. Amaluna has a long history at the track that dates back to 2013. Since then Amaluna has won 13 of 81 races. Her last win was on August 8, 2019, and has finished 6th, 3rd, 6th since that victory.
Tiz Possible Dear might be the best pick for an “upset” in Race 7. It would be a minor upset, but she has a tough race with Enlisting on the card. Tiz Possible Dear has won 5 of 20 races in her career, and is coming off a victory on April 19. That was a strong run by Tiz Possible Dear, as she got the win by 1 ¼ lengths over Brookes All Mine. Tiz Possible Dear took over the lead at the ¾ pole and kept up for the win.
Enlisting will be the biggest roadblock preventing Tiz Possible Dear from going to the winner’s circle. Enlisting is seeking a hat-trick today after terrific form on February 16 and March 29. Along with those two wins, Enlisting is a winner in 3 of her last 4 entries. On December 22, 2019 Enlisting was a winner by a nose, over Free to Fly, and then found another win on February 16 in a blowout over by 8 ¾ lengths over She Takes Heart. Most recently, Enlisting notched a win by 4 ¾ lengths against Brookes All Mine. If her hold forms from that race, Enlisting has another trip to the winner’s circle in her future.
Post Time: 4:48 p.m. EST
Distance:7 ½ Furlongs
We have a big field for Race 8 at Gulfstream Park, with 14 horses vying for a $33,000 purse. We can shortlist some horses to make it easier to find a winner. Mandate, Blood Moon, Maserati Man, and Rhythm Section all have reasonable shots at a win here. A longshot with good value has to be Bayou Prospector.
He’s a winner in his last outing after improving tremendously following 8th and 8th in his first two races. Bayou Prospector won by a half length over Strong Headed. That was a major improvement for Bayou Prospector, and if he improves again is going to have a strong case.
Mandate gets the inside rail out of the starting gate and is looking for back-to-back wins as well. He finished 5th, 6th, 4th, and then exploded for a win on March 25. Mandate had some good kick in the stretch and opened up a 3 length lead for the win over Metcalf. I don’t think he can be ignored in this event.
Blood Moon is going to be on the opposite end of the gate and boasts a decent chance of winning here as well. His last win was on December 29, 2019 by 2 lengths over Embrace My Uncle. He was ahead by the halfwark mark and didn’t slow down. Both Maserti Man and Rhythm Section appear to have better value than them, though.
Maserati Man has been in good form in his most recent starts. After starting his career with finishes of 4th and 7th, but then turned it up in the next three outings for 1st, 3rd, 2nd. In his win on August 30, 2019, Maserati Man won by 6 ½ lengths over Chads Choice. In his most recent effort in April, Maserati Man didn’t get the win, but was competitive to place by a neck behind Silvery Enough. It was either horses to win, as they dueled down the stretch.
Rhythm Section goes into Friday in terrific form having ran just two races in his career. In his first race, Rhythm Section placed in 2nd by a neck. A bit more gas in the tank and Rhythm Section would be looking at a hat-trick bid. In any event, Rhythm Section responded nicely to win on March 27 by a nose over Alonzo Mosely and 11 other horses. Rhythm Section is my play in Race 8.
Post Time: 5:19 p.m. EST
1-mile will determine a winner in Race 9. Eight horses are signed up for the event that is worth $25,000. Duellist is your best upset bet from the No. 7 post. This is going to be a much bigger task, but enters feeling confident after some consistent results in recent outings. Duellist finished up in 2019 placing on December 13, 2019 and hasn’t fallen out of the top-3 in four races in 2020. Duellist is coming off his first win on April 4. It’s his first win in 10 trips to the starting gate in his career. He earned the win by a length over Dramatic Kitten.
I believe there’s some solid value out there on other horses, too, though. Flute Maker isn’t the favorite but can run like a favorite today. Don’t be surprised to see Flute Maker moving fast at the top of the stretch on Friday. Flute Maker had a disappointing appearance in the Iroquois Stakes on September 14, 2019 at Churchill Downs, but this race is more his speed. He won on August 21, 2019 in a blowout by 11 ½ lengths over Like You. This race is more along the lines of the competition he faced then.
Flute Maker should be well rested, and will find the drop in class a welcome sign on Friday. If he isn’t rusty from the layoff, Flute Maker should be right there with Frank First. Frank First has proven to be an inconsistent horse, with wins in 1 of 10 outings. In his previous five races dating back to December 29, 2019, Frank First finished 5th, 3rd, 1st, 3rd, 7th. In his win on February 21, Frank First won by 7 ¼ lengths in impressive fashion, but regressed to 3rd and 7th thereafter. Flute Maker might be coming off a layoff, but his form from 2019 would likely be good for a win here.
Post Time: 5:49 p.m. EST
Race 10 is the feature race of the day at Gulfstream Park, with a purse worth $44,000 on the line. This should be a wide open race that is going to be there for the taking. R Happy Ending, Lady Grace, and Hidden Facts are going to be right there, with Dixieincandyland an intriguing option for an upset. Dixieincandyland is on a nice run, with wins in 2 of her previous 3 outings and placed in the race she didn’t win. In her latest outing, Dixieincandyland won by 3 ¾ lengths over Tiple. Great run and deserves a spot in this feature race on Friday. There will be some tougher competition here, though.
R Happy Ending has been showing great results since the beginning of 2019. She showed in 3rd on January 11, 2019 and then went 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Her most recent race was February 22 at Tampa Bay Downs. It was the Lightning City Stakes and R Happy Ending competed, but came up just short behind Miss Deplorable and Jean Elizabeth. It was a close race, but R Happy Ending was just edged out by a length for the win.
Hidden Facts struggled in stakes racing the previous two outings, but should feel more comfortable today. She finished 4th in the Captiva Island Stakes on March 7 and 6th on January 25 in the South Beach Stakes. Hidden Facts has a win in 2 of 12 races, both of which were back-to-back wins on September 22, 2019 and October 18, 2019. She is going to see easier company in this one and should be competitive.
Lady Grace looks like the best value pick in Race 10. She enters with wins in 3 of 9 races, and has a hat-trick in her sights. Lady Grace won on January 10 by a length over Sweet Yare N Dira, with impressive drive at the top of the stretch. She followed that up with another win on February 12 by 1 ½ lengths over O’Malley. Lady Grace is a winner in 3 of her previous 4 races and finished 3rd in the outing she wasn’t successful in. She’s finished inside the top-3 in 7 of her previous 8 contests. I’m giving the nod to Lady Grace, who is catching some nice value at +400
Post Time: 6:19 p.m. EST
The final race of the day is a mile event featuring 16 horses with a $30,000 purse. The two best horses in this one might be on opposite ends of the starting gate in Race 11. No. 1 Ocean Fire and No. 16 Flashing Red might end up seeing each other in the stretch. Ocean Fire has been a consistent producer and will likely be up near the front again.
She is still searching for her first win, but could have easily won by now. Ocean Fire has finished in the top-3 in 6 of 8 career starts. She placed in her last outing on March 29 and barely lost. It could have gone either way, as Ocean Fire was edged out by a nose against Pardon My Heart. Despite failing to win, Ocean Fire was in sharp form.
Flashing Red has raced in just three races and was solid in each of them. She was 3rd in her debut on December 26, 2019, and then 2nd on February 7 and March 8. In her latest outing, Flashing Red was a loser by a neck against Topo Grigio at a mile on March 8. Prior to that effort, Flashing Red had another bold bid, but came up short by 3 lengths. I’m going to side with the better price and lock in Flashing Red to win Race 11.