Gulfstream Park returns on Thursday, as they take their position in the spotlight for another day of horse racing. Remington Park and Oaklawn Park are also offering a racecard on Thursday, but Gulfstream will get the most attention from bettors. That said, Gulfstream Park will not be the center of the horse racing world on Saturday.
Attention will shift to the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Bob Baffert’s Charlatan will be featured in the event and will undoubtedly close at post time as the favorite to win the race. The Arkansas Derby will give the winner an automatic ticket to the Kentucky Derby in September. 100 points is more than enough to secure a spot in the biggest race of the year. The 146th Kentucky Derby was supposed to happen this weekend, but we all know what happened there.
It’s been changed to Labor Day Weekend, as organizers hope fans will be allowed to attend by then. I’m not so sure about that. It might be a case of racing without no fans or don’t have it at all, but we’ll see. There will be a virtual Kentucky Derby this Saturday instead of the real thing. It sounds pretty interesting, as 13 Triple Crown Winners, including Sacratriet, Affirmed, and American Pharoah will square off in virtual form.
It’s more of a fun bet than anything. We’ll have you covered for the Arkansas Derby and virtual Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park Rainbow Pick 6 selection for April 30, 2020. Gulfstream Park has a massive guaranteed $850,000 pool in the Rainbow 6 today.
Post Time: 3:45 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
5 furlongs in Race 6 will get us started for our Rainbow Pick 6 card at Gulfstream Park on Thursday. If you don’t get this pick right, then the other five are rather irrelevant, so let’s try and get started on the right page. Fuddled, Coin the Phrase, and Gloriously should be in contention in this event.
Gloriously, while the second favorite in this race, probably should be higher than the odds being offered, though. She is coming off her best performance on March 27 for 3rd after finishing 7th and 4th at Saratoga. Maybe Gloriously can do one better, but I’m not confident in a winning day. I’d atl least need better odds.
Coin the Phrase is catching better odds and has been the most consistent ready horse recently. She has finished 3rd or better in three out of her previous four outings. Coin the Phrase is coming off a sharp performance on March 4 to place in 2nd by a half length. It was a near win, but just didn’t have the extra burst in the homestretch.
Having said that, it was a performance to note for Coin the Phrase. Fuddled, from Ireland, will be jockeyed by the reliable Tyler Gaffalione on Thursday. She will be making the second start of her career after finishing 2nd on March 27. It was a close call losing by a neck against Notorious R B G. In a race that I see coming down to her and Coin the Phrase, I have to side with the better value at +450.
Post Time: 4:17 p.m. EST
A longer race in this one, as an 11-horse field will run a mile to determine a winner. There are some upset options out there in Race 7, with I’ll Do It My Way, Shikaka, Mixteca, Omnia, Indica, and Toleration all catching big odds. Mixteca might be the longest shot to win this event. She’s coming off a big upset win on April 18. This after finishing 11th and 10th in the first two races of her career. Are we to expect back-to-back upsets? Unlikely.
Omnia at +800 may be a solid upset wager if that’s what you want to do. She’s placed in two of her last three races, including a win on January 31 and 2nd on January 8. Her last effort resulted in 5th, but can do much better than that. It’s likely that Bean Counter and Augusta Moon will be the horses to catch in this field, though. Augusta Moon has been running well recently, showing in three straight outings and 6 of her last 7 races. The lone win of her career was on August 25, 2019 at Saratoga.
Bean Counter has a win in 6 outings and has shown in 4 of her last 5 races. She placed in 2nd her last time out, with a loss by half a length against Big Tina. The four races she’s shown in would all likely be good enough performances for a win today against this field. Including the race she just placed in on March 29, Bean Counter placed three races ago as well. She’s been close to having 3 wins in her career instead of 1. Bean Counter likely gets No. 2 today.
Post Time: 4:48 p.m. EST
A nice purse of $35,000 will be offered in Race 8 at Gulfstream Park. 12 horses will have a shot at the top prize. If you select Alfatei and get lucky enough, you’ll be in for a nice treat. The odds of that happening are slim, though, as Alfatei hasn’t played the part of a winner in his first two outings.
He finished 5th and 9th most recently on February 1. The best value for an upset might be with Legal Deal. Legal Deal has raced in just one outing and it wasn’t spectacular for 5th, but it was a respectable debut. We’ll see if he can use the inside rail to his advantage in this relatively short race.
It’s not huge odds, but Fast Magic is getting some fairly decent value here. Fast Magic showed in his first race for 3rd on November 17, 2019. He managed to beat six horses to the wire, but slower than Lonely Private and Shashashakemeup. In any event, that was a promising effort and could improve from that event.
Chill Haze has three races of experience, and he didn’t have a debut like Fast Magic. He finished 7th on January 11 in his first start, and then 3rd and 2nd thereafter. Chill Haze placed on April 11 and is looking to do one better today. The public will back home here, but I think Fast Magic has an equal chance. When you’re betting the Pick 6 and seeking a bigger payout, fading the public here and there is advised, especially in a toss-up.
Post Time: 5:19 p.m. EST
11 horses will take the gate in a chase for a $41,000 purse. It’s the prelude to the feature race. This is shaping up to be a tight race. I’m not going to lie, it’s a wide-open event that is going to see three or four horses with decent odds of winning this one. You’d have to give me more than +1200 to back Centsless Drama.
Centsless Drama was racing well for three races, but that was until she jumped up a class. She showed in three straight races including a win on January 25. When she went up against tougher competition, Centsless Drama finished 6th on February 14.
The vast majority of the public will bet on Run Devil, Yolanda’s Pride, and Ghostly Beauty. Run Devil is coming off the first win of her career after finishing 2nd, 5th, 4th. She got the win by 2 lengths over Shazzy B to notch her first trip to the winner’s circle. There’s a decent enough chance that she repeats and does it all over again.
Yolanda’s Pride has more experience and has been the most consistent of the two recently. She has finished in the top-3 in four of her last five outings. In her previous two starts, Yolanda’s Pride finished 1st by 2 ½ lengths on March 13 and 2nd on April 4. That was a near win, as she lost by a neck against Lady Panda.
Ghostly Beauty is a winner in 1 of 13 career races. She was a winner at Aqueduct on November 22, 2019, and then finished 4th, 5th, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd in her next five outings. Solid performance and consistent for Ghostly Beauty, but not sure about +180. Sky Chaser is coming off a win on April 5 after finishing 4th and 4th in two straight performances. She’s a winner in 3 of 13 events. Quality horse, but this is a tough assignment and back-to-back wins is going to be tough. I’m going to side with Yolanda’s Pride here.
Post Time: 5:49 p.m. EST
In the feature race of the day, eight horses are scheduled to go to the gate in this one. A total of $47,000 will be offered in Race 10. Sean’s Idea and Final Cut will seek the upset from the No. 6 and No. 8 post. Sean’s Idea is a winning horse in 4 of 20 career races. She hasn’t been a factor in recent starts, though, finishing 4th, 7th, 4th in her last three outings. Before the win, Sean’s Idea went 5th, 5th, 5th, so the win was the only time she finished in the top-3 in her previous seven races.
Final Cut was on a monster run with a hat-trick from August 23, 2019 to November 6, 2019. She has won 3 of 14 races. If you’re looking for an upset pick, she has to be the one. However, her results against better competition after winning three straight races wasn’t good. Final Cut finished 5th in her most recent outing on April 3. I’ll Take the Cake, Bella Ciao, and Cuddle Kitten will likely get into a nice duel in his race.
I’ll Take the Cake gets the rail out of the gate. She has been on a nice run and has shown in four straight outings including two wins on August 22, 2019 and February 17. I’ll Take the Cake has wins in three of her previous six outings, and 11 of 46 races in her career. Bella Ciao has shown in three of her past four performances. Her most recent victory was on October 27, 2019, which was six starts ago. She hasn’t done better than 3rd since then.
The favorite, Cuddle Kitten, is likely going to be tested by I’ll Take the Cake. Cuddle Kitten was on a romp, with four straight races from June 25, 2019 to September 14, 2019. She’s regressed in the last three starts, though, going 3rd, 2nd, and 4th on February 12 in her most recent race. Cuddle Kitten is going down the ladder after facing tougher competition. We saw what she did against easier opponents. Cuddle Kitten won three straight and 5 of 6 races. Should contend following dropping classes.
Post Time: 6:19 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
After the main event of the day, a big field featuring 16 colts and geldings will get the nod for a chance at a $19,000 purse. Gone Diesel will look to spring a big upset. There will be people putting him on some tickets just because of the price. Gone Diesel has been ice cold, finishing no better than 5th in his previous eight races.
He has 1 win in 26 races, which came back on August 3, 2019. Since then Gone Diesel has managed to show in just 2 of 12 outings. Big 50/1 underdogs winning is not unheard of, but rather realistic in Race 11. As far as the long underdogs are concerned, Direct Approach from the outside in the No. 16 post might be an okay bet.
Direct Approach has at least shown some signs of life recently. He’s shown in three out of the previous six races, which included a win on October 25, 2019. Direct Approach also placed in 2nd on December 29, 2019, and then followed it up with 3rd on February 27. She has been beaten to the punch in her last two races, finishing 5th and 7th, but still boasts a better chance at the win than the other big dogs.
Proquestor, Bodie Cody, and Preacher Marsee will likely be involved down the stretch in Race 11. Preacher Marsee has a win in 6 career races, and has finished in the top-3 in 3 of 6 races. However, wasn’t good enough to beat Bodie Cody in her last outing, as he finished 4th without enough kick down the stretch. Bodie Cody was good to show in 3rd. Bodie Cody has been consistent in that regard, showing in 3rd in three straight races. He has a win in 1 of 16 races. Proquestor is downgrading classes after no success in the last seven outings. He’s failed to show in each of them. I like the better value with Bodie Cody.