Gulfstream Park is offering a monster jackpot of an estimated over $6 million in the Rainbow Pick 6 on Saturday. If you’ve been gunning for a unique ticket, Saturday would be a day to make it happen. That’d make for quite the day, but there’s a reason that the jackpot continues to grow so high. It’s not an easy bet to cash for obvious reasons. Not only do you need to select all six horses, but it has to be the only ticket with that winning combination. It happens, though, and maybe today is that day for you.
If you’re a member at BetOnline, you can take advantage of multiple parimutuel betting options at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, and Pick 6 betting cards are open at BetOnline. We’ll be looking at Race 7-12, which includes all four parimutuel cards. You can bet the Rainbow 6 from Race 7-12, the Pick 5 from Race 8-12, Pick 4 from Race 9-12, and finally the Pick 3 from Race 10-12. You can also bet earlier races, but Race 7-12 is the only Pick 6 card available. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park Pick 5 and Rainbow Pick 6 selections for May 9, 2020.
Post Time: 3:49 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
A short race of 5 furlongs is on the card for Race 6 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. There are three of four horses that are likely going to be in the thick of things in this one. Compensate, Foolish Humor, Fast Scene, and Afficionado are going to be involved in this event. Foolish Humor is a winner in 2 of 5 races for a nice win percentage. Her last victory was on August 4, 2019 because of a DQ to Miss J Mckay. She was actually 3 lengths behind, but was awarded the win because of the disqualification.
Foolish Humor finished 7th in the Woodbine Cares Stakes and 3rd in the Melody of Color Stakes in his most recent outing. May 5, 2019 was his debut and the only race that Foolish Humor got to the wire first. Fast Scene holds slightly smaller odds than Foolish Humor. According to the morning-line, Fast Scene is the favorite for Race 7. Fast Scene enters today off a poor performance on October 6, 2019 in the Indian Summer Stakes. She finished 9th, a race after Fast Scene won the Woodbine Cares Stakes. Fast Scene smashed Foolish Humor in that event. She’s a winner in 3 of 5 races for a good ROI thus far.
Afficionado is all the way from France and will be making her first start in the US on Saturday. She is a winner in 2 of 6 races, with her most recent win on August 31, 2019. She was 6th on October 29, 2019 at Maisons-laffitte in her last race before trying her luck at Gulfstream Park today.
Compensate is getting much love from the public from the No. 10 post, but still has some value. She is a winner in 3 of 7 races and has won 3 of her previous 5 outings. Her most recent win was a nice victory by a head over Queen of Shades on February 22. She came just a bit short against Hear My Prayers in the Melody of Color Stakes on March 21 by 1 ¾ lengths, but still crushed Foolish Humor. The best value appears to be with Compensate.
Post Time: 4:27 p.m. EST
6 more furlongs at Gulfstream Park on Saturday for Race 8. Louie’s Kingdom, Road to Peace, and Assertiko are good for the shortlist in this event. Road to Peace will be on the outside out of the gate when they’re off. He gets a downgrade after struggling in his previous two races, having finished 6th on February 21 and 7th March 22. It was a promising performance from Road to Peace on February 5, as he notched his first win by 3 ½ lengths over Sweet Giant and War Act. That’s Road to Peace’s only win in his career, with 1 win in 7 races.
Assertiko has had a similar path to Saturday as well. It’s almost the same story, as Assertiko will look for easier pastures after struggling to compete on February 17 and March 11. Assertiko finished 8th and 5th after finishing 2nd on January 31. He won in his debut on August 30, 2019 but has been winless since then, failing to show in 5 of his previous 6 races. This will be an easier assignment for both horses, but might need to catch a break or two for a win in this one.
Like Road to Peace and Assertiko, the same goes for Louie’s Kingdom who will be downgraded after a win in 7 races. Unlike those two, Louie’s Kingdom will be getting a big downgrade, though, and is used to running against much better competition. Louie’s Kingdom is also racing for a new barn today. He won on October 24, 2019 by ¾ lengths over Impressed. Since that win, Louie’s Kingdom finished 4th and 7th, so there’s a lot of participants in Race 8 that have followed the same line to today. However, Louie’s Kingdom is likely going to benefit most from dropping classes.
Race 9 – Sunshine Forever Stakes
Post Time: 4:59 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
A longer race in Race 9, as 12 horses are registered for the 1 1/16 mile event on Saturday to run the Sunshine Forever Stakes on the turf. This is the feature race of the day, with a purse of $75,000 on offer. Admission Office, Social Paranoia, and Halladay will present a big challenge if they bring their “A” form to the starting gate on Saturday. El Tormenta from the No. 3 post might play spoiler and surprise the field here as well. The price certainly looks good on El Tormenta to maybe take a chance. El Tormenta has won 4 of 15 races in his career.
The Canadian bred gelding is closing in on $1 million in career earnings. He was a winner on September 14, 2019 in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes and has been stakes racing four straight outings. In his victory, El Tormenta won by a half length over Got Stormy after driving from 5th at the ¾ pole to 1st at the wire. He couldn’t find the same level of success in two starts after, though, as El Tormenta finished 6th in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile and 12th in the Appleton Stakes. This will be an easy assignment on Saturday in the Sunshine Forever Stakes.
Admission Office is the betting favorite as of Saturday morning. He is a winner in 3 of 12 races, but hasn’t found the winner’s circle since April 4, 2019 at Keeneland. Admission Office has been competitive since then, having placed in 3 of 7 events, including his last performance on September 29 in the Mac Diarmida Stakes. Admission Office finished a length behind Zulu Alpha for the win. He’s been less successful in Gr. 1 races, finishing 8th in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational on January 25 and 11th in the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes on October 5, 2019. Way weaker company in this field than a Gr. 1 race, though.
Social Paranoia seeks a hat-trick in the Sunshine Forever Stakes on Saturday. He’s a winner of the Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds on September 8, 2019 and more recently the Appleton Stakes (Gr. 3) on March 28. Broke well in both starts and is going to be a factor today. Halladay is still looking for his first stakes win after finishing 4th in the Tampa Bay Stakes (Gr. 3) on February 8 and 3rd in the Gio Ponti Stakes on November 29, 2019. He did see success at the Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream on December 28, 2019, though, with a win by 1 ¾ lengths. Halladay is also coming off a sharp performance on April 4 in an allowance claiming optional event. Much tougher competition for him today.
War of Will, of course, was going to be a major threat but recent news indicates that he will be scratched to race later in the month at Santa Anita Park in the Shoemaker Mile. He was going to be my pick here, but without War of Will, this thing looks wide open. I like to try and be a little unique and fade the public in spots, so I think this is a good spot to back the +1200 El Tormenta who could pop on Saturday.
Post Time: 5:30 p.m. EST
Following the Sunshine Forever Stakes, a field of 16 will hit the starting gate for a mile race around 5:30 p.m. EST. Shootin the Breeze, Jay’s Way, War Giant, and Battle of Blenheim look like good short listers here. Shootin the Breeze has the biggest odds of that group, but I think stands a better chance of winning than +800.
He’s a winner in 1 of 8 races in his career, and is seeing a drop in class after finishing 4th in back-to-back events on October 11, 2019 and March 21. To open up his career, Shootin the Breeze finished in the top-3 in 6 of 7 races, which included a win on January 4, 2019 at Tampa Bay Downs. Jumping up in class didn’t work out well for him, but should benefit from downgrading on Saturday.
Jay’s Way will be in easier company here, too, after finishing 6th, 5th, 5th, and a DNF in the Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes on January 18. This is going to be a much easier afternoon for Jay’s Way, though despite winning 6 of 30 races in his career, it’s been a minute since he’s won a race. His most recent trip to the winner’s circle was on January 20, 2018 at Gulfstream. War Giant will be next to Jay’s Way in the starting gate. He has been inconsistent since winning the Carry Back Stakes on June 30, 2018. War Giant has one win in ten races since that day.
Battle of Blenheim is going to be a tough horse to beat in this event. He enters with all of the momentum after finishing 1st, 1st, 2nd in his previous three outings. Battle of Blenheim has won 5 of 14 races in his career and has won 3 of his previous 6 races. He broke well out of the gate and won wire-to-wire on December 15, 2019 for a 3 length win, and then followed that up with a win on January 5. Came up just a bit short against Conviction Trade on April 11, but was in good form. He looks like a nice option in Race 10.
Post Time: 6:01 p.m. EST
6 furlongs to decide a winner and award the top prize of a $41,000 purse in Race 11. More Than Striking might be a play for an upset win here. He didn’t get the start he was looking for in his latest outing, finishing 7th on March 22 after a couple of promising opening races to his career. As a first-time starter, More Than Striking got the win on December 27, 2019 by 2 ¾ lengths over Vinestone at 6 ½ furlongs.
Nice form form for More Than Striking in his debut, and followed it up with another nice performance on February 13. It didn’t result in a win, but More Than Striking broke well to finish 15 ¾ lengths ahead of the horse in 3rd. He finished 1 ½ lengths back of the winner, Grit and Glory. He is catching some decent value at +1200 to bounce back from a poor effort on March 22.
I’ll Fight Dempsey and R Mercedes Boy should be right up front for this dance. R Mercedes Boy has won 3 of 9 career races and has finished in the top-3 in 6 of his last 7 outings. In his lone stakes race, he finished 5th in the Marion County Florida Sire Stakes on December 14. He bounced back to finish 2nd in his most recent event on April 16. Finished 2 ¾ lengths behind Cajun Brother for the win.
I’ll Fight Dempsey won as a first-time starter on February 29 over Candy Machine by 2 ½ lengths. He did fall flat in his most recent performance as a heavy favorite at 7 furlongs. I’ll Fight Dempsey finished 4th after running out of gas at the top of the stretch. He was 1st going into the stretch and faltered late. If that were 6 furlongs, he may have very well won back-to-back events to open his career. Back at 6 furlongs on Saturday, I’ll Fight Dempsey should make a good case in Race 11.
Post Time: 6:32 p.m. EST
Race 12 will be the grand finale for Saturday at Gulfstream Park. There could be some tickets alive at this point with a lot of money up for grabs. There are plenty of underdogs in this race, with The Queens Jules, Trappezoid, and Peppi the Hunter projected to lead the way. The Queens Jules is a winner in 4 of 24 races. He has been erratic and inconsistent, but when he’s in top form can run in this class.
In his previous five races, The Queen Jules has gone 10th, 3rd, 6th, 1st, 11th, so a little of everything. In his win on March 22, The Queen Jules beat Mr Champlin by 3 ½ lengths after taking over at the ¾ pole. Faltered considerably in his last outing, though, having finished 11th for last. He was 2nd at the halfway pole and looked considerably tired thereafter to fall to last. That was at 1-mile on turf, and if he runs out of gas again, is going to be eaten up by Peppi the Hunter.
Peppi the Hunter is a wily veteran with 49 races on his resume. He made good in his debut back in 2015 with a win at Delaware Park. Since the win, Peppi the Hunter found wins in 10 more races for 11 races in 49 career starts. He’s been in great form recently, finishing 1st, 1st, 2nd, 9th, 2nd, 2nd, 1st in his previous 7 races. Peppi the Hunter won by 4 lengths in an easy win over Dexter Road on April 4. Pulled away in the stretch and couldn’t be caught. Look for Peppi the Hunter to use that drive in the stretch to get the win in Race 12 today.