Gulfstream Park is home to ten races on Thursday beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST. After a few days at Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park, Gulfstream Park will take the spotlight now. With Santa Anita Park out of the game, Gulfstream Park is the main attraction in the US on the horse racing circuit. There are two other tracks that are racing today, Remington Park and Oaklawn Park. Remington Park continues their thoroughbred meet in Oklahoma on Thursday. Most of the attention from handicappers will be in Hallandale Beach at Gulfstream Park, though. Despite under pressure from local officials in Hallandale, Gulfstream has not been slowing down.
In fact, Gulfstream Park is adding overnight stakes races towards the end of April. The horse population is higher at Gulfstream Park because of the coronavirus. Horses that would typically move up north after the winter meet are staying put in Florida. Aqueduct is a popular destination for a lot of horses that spent the winter down south. However, Aqueduct and others are currently closed, so Gulfstream has more horses in their stable. Horsemen have shown their willingness to have overnight racing, which may become a reality in a couple of weeks.
All it could take is a letter from the Health Department and that plan would get squashed. However, despite some pushback from the mayor’s office, Gulfstream hasn’t been formally presented with an order. The governor is onboard with racing, so don’t expect any heat from Ron DeSantis. The horses will be running on Thursday afternoon, as we gear up for another weekend at Gulfstream Park. Get our free Gulfstream Park picks for April 9, 2020 below.
Post Time: 2:31 EST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
Race 4 will feature a $29,000 purse at Gulfstream Park on Thursday. A win wouldn’t be a bad way to spend a Thursday afternoon at Gulfstream. That would especially be true if you are backing Foxy Lady or Royal Mistress and they get the win. At post time, expect both to be big underdogs, probably larger than the +1200 and +2000 you see from the morning lines.
Foxy Lady doesn’t have a bad record, with 2 wins in 9 races and is coming off a win on March 13. However, she will have it tougher against a more dangerous field on Thursday afternoon. And prior to that win, Foxy Lady didn’t show in five straight races. She’s shown in three of her races, so if you look at it like that, not that good of a resume.
Royal Mistress has been ice cold recently, so at least Foxy Lady has that win from a few weeks ago. Royal Mistress is a loser in four straight races, failing to show in all of them. She hasn’t shown in five of six races, though was able to notch a win on August 10, 2019 by ¾ lengths over Domineer. That wasn’t the stiffest competition, but Royal Mistress wasn’t the favorite, so at least she has that to show for her career thus far. It’d be a big victory if she gets the win as a sizable underdog on Thursday at Gulfstream.
Dancing Destroyer, Reiterate, and Richies Great Girl all have above avearge chances of winning Race 4. If the odds hold at +350 by post time, then I think there’s a bargain to be bad on Dancing Destroyer. The filly is coming off a shoddy performance on March 11, but note that it’s the first time in her career that she has failed to show. Up to that point, Dancing Destroyer has finished at least 3rd in five straight outings. She earned the first win of her career on December 15, 2019 by 1 ½ lengths over Daily Grace. Dancing Destroyer wasn’t as hot recently, though, finishing 6th which amounted to last at 6 furlongs.
The betting favorite according to the morning lines at BetOnline is currently Richies Great Girl. I don’t know about that, but she has a decent chance of getting the win here. However, keep in mind that Richies Great Girl has not been running hot lately. Richies Great Girl has failed to show in three straight outings after a blazing hot start to her career.
She won three out of her first four starts and finished 2nd for an impressive opening stretch of her career. Reiterate may have only a win in six races, though she has faced better horses. She is also coming off a strong showing a couple of weeks ago, as Reiterate finished 2nd by just a half length behind Kimura. Reiterate has shown in three of six races in her career. She seems to be catching solid value on Thursday afternoon at Gulfstream Park.
Post Time: 4:05 EST
$27,000 is up for grabs in Race 7 at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday. Eight horses are signed up to go 1-mile at around 4:05 in the afternoon. There are likely going to be three horses in this event that close with big longshot odds. Handsome Lil Devil, Frank First, and He’s Super Lucky don’t look particularly strong and are being way underpriced here on the morning lines at BetOnline. All three should likely be over +1000 or close to it at post time.
Handsome Lil Devil has a win in four outings, but was awful in the three others with finishes of 4th, 5th, and 8th. She was at the office against King of Ranch and Dominate Themoment in her last appearance on March 22. King of Ranch crossed the wire in 3rd while Dominate Themoment was the easy winner by 3 lengths.
He’s Super Lucky is positioned to have a better chance of getting the win than Handsome Lil Devil, if you’re going for the upset. He’s Super Lucky is coming off a win on February 28 and December 26, 2019. Sandwiched between there was a 4th place finish on January 17. He’s Super Lucky has won 2 races in 6 starts. That sounds great and all, and is your best longshot pony, but is likely going to have it tough against a better field on Thursday.
Frank First has shown in three straight outings, including a win on February 21 at 6 furlongs in a blowout by 7 ¼ lengths. He has also shown in four out of five recent starts. Frank First and He’s Super Lucky might be worth throwing a few bucks on if their odds get better. Don’t really care for either under +1000. This event will likely be a battle between King of Ranch and Dominate Themoment.
Dominate Themoment won on March 22 by 3 lengths over Flash Pass. His biggest threat in this race, King of Ranch, finished the contest in 3rd back a half length behind Flash Pass. King of Ranch never lived up to expectations in that arce, as he was in 4th for the majority of the race. Dominate Themoment lingered in 3rd at the ¾ pole before turning the burners on and ultimately winning rather easily. He has a win in 2 out of 6 races for a fairly nice resume. Both of those wins came in his last four starts. I’m going to back Dominate Themoment in Race 7.