Gulfstream Park Pick 6 Jackpot Carryover: $1,052,983
The Pick 6 Jackpot continues to grow at Gulfstream Park, as over a million dollars will be carried over into Friday. It sounds easy to win. All you need to do is select the first six races correctly. On the surface, that doesn’t sound like much, but if you’re not new pari-mutuel betting, you can take a lot of losses before hitting gold. It might come sooner than later, but the fact of the matter is that you’re searching for that one lucky day amid a lot of rainstorms. With only 50 cents required to have a chance at a jackpot, it doesn’t take much to try your luck. That’s certainly the main allure to Pick 5 and Pick 6 betting.
The Pick 5 Jackpot was grabbed by a lucky gambler for over $520,000 last week at Gulfstream Park. Meanwhile, the Pick 6 is still there for the taking. Perhaps Friday is the day, though it would be quite unbelievable if two jackpots hit in a week. I picked a frustratingly number of horses that placed yesterday, but couldn’t get over the hill to the lead. Hopefully we find better results and have some luck on Friday. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park Pick 6 selections for April 17, 2020.
Post Time: 1:00 EST
Distance: 1 Mile
14 horses will get us started in Race 1 Gulfstream Park on Friday. They will run a mile to decide a winner, which will hopefully provide us with a winner in the first leg of our Pick 6 ticket. I’m not going to go through every horse, but have circled four horses who likely have a good chance in Race 1. Halfy, Harmonic Thunder, Lookin Fine as Wine, and Flowzano look like contenders. We’ll also throw in a big underdog that might have an outside shot of opening Friday with a win at Gulfstream Park.
Halfy has won 7 times in her career, though didn’t step up to the big leagues until her last outing on March 4. She finished 7th at Gulfstream Park against a pretty good field. It was a tough ask of her to go out and be productive against that competition, but she was okay. Most of the field today is not going to be as talented as those horses. I’m going to assume that she improves after getting her first race at a big track out of the way. She might be a surprise candidate to get the win.
Lookin Fine as Wine is in the same boat. She doesn’t have a good resume, having placed just once in nine races. However, dropping a class and getting an opportunity against this field should help her chances. She ran 5th in her last outing over 1-mile on March 25. It’s the same for Flowzano, who has finished 8th and 6th in two career races. All of these horses are hoping to benefit from seeing weaker opponents on Friday.
Harmonic Thunder has the most impressive effort on her resume, having finished 2nd in her last race by 1 ½ lengths behind Miss Over There. It was promising to see her push late, riding from 6th at the ½ pole to near the front in the homestretch. I like Harmonic Thunder, and if you’re going for a longshot, the No. 2 horse Snow and Lillylynn is a solid option. She has shown in 7 out of 13 races and has threatened to win before.
Post Time: 1:34 EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
A short 4 ¼ furlong race will decide a winner in Race 2. Hall Rich Legacy, Testified, and Poseidons Myth will be your longshots in this event. Especially Poseidens Myth, who will likely close at post time as the biggest underdog, is going to need a lot of luck. He will look to make noise in his debut, but is not strong enough to keep up with this group. Hall Rich Legacy and Testified will be making his debut as well. None of them are likely going to have a chance here.
Everyone in this race is a 2-year-old, so you’re not going to find experience anywhere. Golden Pal has been bred to race at these shorter distances. He is going to find success in his career, it’s going to happen in these short events. Golden Pal was looking the sharpest of the bunch in recent workouts. He completed 4 furlongs at 49.60 seconds, 3 furlongs at 38.42 seconds, and 36.74 seconds in his most recent workout. Great Gatsby just ran 3 furlongs at 38.76 seconds. I like how Just Right Mike has looked in workouts, too. Golden Pal is likely the choice here, though.
Post Time: 2:07 EST
We go from 4 ½ furlongs to a full mile in Race 3 at Gulfstream Park. There aren’t any monster underdogs in this race, but Takedown will be signaled out as the weakest horse in Race 3. Takedown has had three wins to celebrate, with the most recent coming on March 9, 2019. He has won 3 out of 22 races, though has been faltering since the win last year. Takedown has failed to show in 7 out of 8 races following that win.
I’m not quick to select Takedown in Race 3, but think there is still some value to be had on a horse with nice odds. Big Boy Bruno is a winner in 10 out of 48 races, with his most recent victory over 7 furlongs at Gulfstream Park West by 3 lengths against Starship Apollo. He has been consistent and made a case in most of his recent efforts. Big Boy Bruno has shown in four of his last six outings, and six out of the last nine. His earnings going into today are an impressive $226,570.
The favorite of Race 3, Millionaire Runner, will be on the opposite side of the gate. Millionaire Runner is a winner in 3 out of 33 events. He has a recent win on March 1, though finished 3rd and 4th in two outings since. Peppi the Hunter recorded the win on April 4, with Millionaire Runner finishing more than 7 lengths back. It was the first race he didn’t show in this year. This is shaping up to be a duel between Millionaire Runner and Big Boy Bruno. Give me the pony starting on the inside rail and better value.
Post Time: 2:39 EST
14 mares and fillies will round the track for a mile at Gulfstream Park in Race 4. The odds indicate a tight battle between A Beautiful Day, Garner State Park, and Fast Fraction. However, there are several horses with long odds that will be looking for an upset. The biggest of which is likely to be Mixteca at post time. Mixteca struggled mightily in the first two races of her career. She hasn’t finished better than 10th thus far on March 25. This after Mixteca finished 11th on February 23. Don’t expect magic from Mixteca in Race 4.
You are probably better opting for Maricopa or Pact if you are going for an upset. Maricopa has come close a couple of times in her career, with two 2nd place outings on August 30, 2019 and October 3, 2019. She also finished 3rd on November 22, 2019. She didn’t look sharp in her last event, finishing 7th on April 3, but in her defense, it was a relatively close race. Maricopa has proven that she has the ability to compete at the front in the past, and might be worth a look if the odds are there.
Pact has improved after finishing 6th in her first two outings, and then 3rd in her last two races. She just didn’t have enough in her to keep up with Perth, who cleared the field and won easily by 8 ¼ lengths. It might be the same on Friday, but she might be up there and show again. Fast Fraction presented major signs of improvement in her last effort. She was 9th on October 27, 2019, and shot up to 2nd in her next appearance on December 5, 2019. It wasn’t enough for a win, though was only a length back of getting it.
Garner State Park was strong in her first race to finish 3rd on March 25. Harmonic Thunder was a head length better, while Miss Over There registered the win by 1 ½ lengths. A Beautiful Day finished 3rd and 2nd in her first two efforts, but regressed hard on March 13 for 7th. She regressed in the race terribly, as A Beautiful Day was 1st throughout until losing the lead in the homestretch. I’m giving the slight edge to Garner State Park to continue to show improvement.
Post Time: 3:11 EST
Philly Special, an ode to the Philadelphia Eagles, is going to be the horse to beat in Race 5. That’s not because she has a better resume than the rest of the horses in this event, but is she dropping far down in class. It’s going to be the fourth race of her career, as she looks to improve on the best race of her career from January 19. That resulted in 3rd against nine other horses, finishing 4th lengths behind Duchess of Sussex. In her most recent outing, Philly Special crossed the line in 4th, prompting a drop in class in an attempt to get her first win.
She will be tested by Chouchou de Boo and Maries Melody, but it’s been awhile since Chouchou de Boo has been much of a factor. She finished 3rd on her debut on November 1, 2019 and has failed to show in four races since. Chouchou de Boo was unable to keep pace in her most recent event on March 21, finishing behind Philly Special by a length. Both are dropping classes, but Chouchou de Boo still has to deal with a stronger horse.
Maries Melody has shown in five races, which includes placing twice. She placed in her last outing on March 21, with a strong effort to lose by the length of a neck against Tournesol. Maries Melody was towards the front throughout the 1-mile contest, but was a step slow. Solid resume, though has largely picked on a lot of weak fields. Philly Special should get a close win here.
Post Time: 3:43 EST
If you’ve made it this far, then the sweat is really going to start pouring going into Race 6. Your Pick 6 card is close to hitting if that’s the case. Don’t get too exciting, though, because five out of six winners isn’t good enough for the grand prize. Sniper Shot is clearly going to be the horse to beat in this field. If he can run like he has in his first three starts, Sniper Shot is going to be right up there at the front. In three career outings, Sniper Shot is a winner in two of them and placed in the other.
He opened his career with a win on July 8, 2018 and didn’t miss a beat when he returned to the gate a year later. He didn’t win, but was strong again to place behind Pole Setter in a photo finish by a nose. However, Sniper Shot did manage to beat ten other horses to finish 2nd in an impressive showing. In his next outing on January 17, Sniper Shot made up for the loss with his second win by 4 lengths over Who’s Out.
Do Share is going to be his biggest rival in this one. He has 10 wins in 32 races, but hasn’t won since September 28, 2019, five events ago. Do Share has been close in other starts, though, having shown in three out of her last four outings. That was not his last race, where he struggled considerably to keep up with the field, finishing 8th on February 29. He should have a solid race, though it’s unlikely to be enough to compete with Sniper Shot.