The Rainbow Pick 6 Jackpot at Gulfstream Park continues to grow as people are having trouble with their six selections. If it was as easy as it sounds, there wouldn’t be over a million dollars carrying over into Saturday. Saturday is typically one of the most heavily bet days for horse racing, so if there isn’t a winner today, expect to see a lot more money being carried over into Sunday. The Pick 5 Jackpot hit last week for just over $520,000. Note that there can only be one winning ticket for a jackpot to be awarded. Multiple winners doesn’t help. Some chances have to be taken to out think other handicappers.
There hasn’t been much rhyme or reason the past two days at Gulfstream Park. The results have been a bit random, with big underdogs, mid-tier underdogs, and favorites in the winner’s circle in the first six races, it’s not surprising to see the jackpot growing. Saturday will feature a guaranteed $1.75 million pool in the Pick 6, but we’ll try out puck in the Pick 5. We’ll be trying our luck at Gulfstream Park again with this card. Let’s hope for better results than yesterday, though one loss is good as going 5 for 6 in Pick 6 betting. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park Pick 5 selections for April 18, 2020.
Post Time: 12:45 EST
Distance: 1 Mile
A field of 12 will get us started in Race 1 at Gulfstream Park. The prices are a little spread out in Race 1, with no clear cut favorite to get us started on Saturday. There are some big underdogs to be had in this event, though. Luck is going to have to be on your side for a horse like Gracie’s Dream or Tiny Turbo hit. All 12 horses have not recorded a win in their careers going into Saturday.
I think we’re looking at Noble Maria, Truly, and Raspberry Ballet as the likely targets to win in Race 1. Matcha might be a decent play as well from the No. 11 post. Noble Maria offers the best price, but has tailed off recently. She showed in three straight races, and then 5th in her last two races. Raspberry Ballet is the favorite in the morning lines at BetOnline, though I don’t think she’s clearly the better horse in this event.
She has been consistent, if anything, though. On July 18, 2019 she finished 4th. That started a trend of 4th to 2nd. In her race on August 9, 2019, she finished 2nd, and then 4th, 2nd, and in her last race on March 26th, 4th again. If the trend continues, she’ll be good to place on Saturday. That likely gets broken up today, though.
Truly gets the inside rail out of the gate, and she has been showing promise recently. She has shown in five straight races, including placing three times since October 18, 2019. Truly finished 3rd on February 7 behind Weekend Madness and La Chauffeur. This looks like a wide-open race. Truly has been the most consistent horse in Race 1. I feel most comfortable backing her in this one.
Post Time: 1:15 EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Ten horses are scheduled for Race 2 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. It should be a close event between Markistan, Crystalina, and Mystic Comin Home. Markistan is heading into this race with plenty of momentum, having shown in four straight races and shown in five out of seven career races. She was strong on April 2 to place behind Bibiana and ahead of Mystic Comin Home by ¾ lengths. Still looking for her first win, but has been competitive, and is likely due to hit the winner’s circle soon.
Crystaliana will be in the starting gate for only the third time in her career. She was sloppy in her debut, finishing 10th on February 26. Failed to showcase and drive and stayed at the back throughout the race. Her best position on the track was 7th at the ¼ pole, but quickly fell back and stayed there for last.
That wasn’t the case in her next race, as the strong kick was present. She placed 2nd and crossed the finish line 1 ½ lengths behind the winner, Boss Wife. Those two were the superior horses by far, with Crystaliana finishing 7 ½ lengths ahead of Bust Out Lady. Strong bids are expected by Crystaliana and Markistan, with a slight edge to Markistan.
Post Time: 1:45 EST
Race 3 will feature eight horses vying for a $20,000 purse at 5 furlongs. It should be a competitive race for four horses, who are all likely going to be in the mix. I’d like to get a price than +350 on Ballie’s Dream at post time, but she’s likely going to be competing for the win at the wire. Ballie’s Dream is a winner in 2 out of 24 races with both wins coming in two out of her last three outings. She won back-to-back races on January 30 and February 23.
In the first win, Ballie’s Dream was a wire-to-wire winner to get the victory by a nose over Miss Loretta. The second she needed more kick down the stretch, as she was 3rd at the ⅜ pole, though ultimately won comfortably by 1 ¼ lengths over Cory Gal. However, she was less successful in her last race on March 26 for 4th, which is consistent with where she’s finished throughout her career.
Shanghai Mistress is a winner in 2 out of 10 races for a decent win percentage of 20%. However, has been inconsistent and tough to get a read on. She finished 9th on February 2, followed it up with a win on February 21 in impressive fashion, though regressed back to 8th in her most recent event on March 26. Play That Tone, Stated, Ballie’s Dream, and Cat’s Astray who are all featured in this race finished ahead of Shanghai Mistress. She has failed to show in five out of her previous six outings.
Palace Two Step is going to be a tough out for the competition in Race 3. She has been a major threat in all of the races in her career, having shown in all five and finishing no worse than 2nd in four of five. Palace Two Step has 2 wins on her resume, with wins on October 26 and December 8. Cat’s Astray has placed in three straight races and five out of the last six. However, has struggled to find the winner’s circle with 2 wins in 16 outings. She hasn’t won in 11 races, which is over a year ago. Give me her rival in this one, Palace Two Step.
Post Time: 2:15 EST
A smaller field will take the gate for Race 4 at Gulfstream Park. Six horses will be involved in the event, with two of them having nearly about the same chance of winning. Unbridled Holiday and Krachenwagen are going to be in this race, but the rest of the field is likely going to be in tough here. Chase Runner is going to have a chance, but I’d like to see better than +300 at post time. I’d say he’s more of a +400 to +450 horse.
Mr Chaplin is your clear underdog for the race. He has a few wins, but has mainly struggled throughout his 33-race career. Mr Chaplin is an active horse that races a lot. His most recent win came on February 28, which was 19 races ago, though he did look strong in his last outing on March 22. Mr Chaplin placed 2nd behind The Queens Jules by 3 ½ lengths. That was the first time he placed in nine races. Unlikely to compete in this one.
On the other end of the spectrum, Unbridled Holiday has only raced in two events since last summer. He won on June 29, 2019 by 1 ¼ lengths over Paynter’s Boy. Having said that, Unbridled Holiday was weak on March 7 to finish 7th, last, on March 7 in her return effort. Unbridled Holiday has not finished better than 6th in four out of his last five races.
Krachenwagen is hot after back-to-back wins March 14 and March 27. He won by 5 ¼ lengths on the 14th and 2 lengths over Chase Runner on March 27. Krachenwagen also beat Discreet Heat in that event. It’s been a nice career for Krachenwagen, who has won 4 out of 20 races and has accumulated $114,613 in earnings. I will back him for the win in this spot.
Post Time: 2:46 EST
12 horses are scheduled for a mile with a tidy $45,000 purse on the line. It’s a wide-open event that might destroy some tickets. If you’re still alive by Race 5, this is one that might shatter a lot of hearts. Having said that, there is a shortlist to be had here, but it’s going to take a fortunate run. Coastal Defense, Holy Meister, Smirk, Rag Tag, and Gray’s Fable are all going to be in this race. Rag Tag is worth a serious look from the No. 4 post.
He has been strong in two out of three races, placing in the first two events of his career on April 18, 2019 and February 15. Finished 2nd in his first race behind Joker On Jack by 2 ½ lengths. He was 2nd on February 15 as well, but was further back, 6 ¼ lengths behind Attachment Rate. His most recent race wasn’t that successful, though, falling behind to cross the finish line in 7th on March 14. Gray’s Fable hasn’t placed yet in his career, but has been consistently showing in three out of four events.
Holy Meister has shown in four out of five races. He placed in two of those races, but didn’t have a favorable run in his last race on February 20. Holy Meister finished 4th after falling back. Held 2nd throughout the race, but had no kick at the end to advance any further and ultimately regressed. I will take my chance on Gray’s Fable to get the win.