Gulfstream Park will offer an 11-race racecard on Friday in Hallandale Beach, FL. For the first weekend in a while, Gulfstream Park will take the second seat while Oaklawn Park jumps into the limelight on Saturday. The Arkansas Derby is set to run on Saturday in Hot Springs, Arkansas. You’ll get to see if Charlatan is the real deal in that event, as the trainee for Bob Baffert will take to the gate.
There are some people that believe Charlatan is not only good enough to win the Kentucky Derby, but go all the way and win the Triple Crown. It’s a tough field, though, with Tiz the Law and Authentic serious contenders as well. Tiz the Law is the current favorite to win, though that’s subject to change. A strong performance by Charlatan in the Arkansas Derby could change that.
No dice on the Rainbow Pick 6 card yesterday for us at Gulfstream Park. It was either a loss or our selections were scratched from their race. You need to win every pick to have a winning card, so one loss is as good as five losses when you’re playing the Pick 6. The good part is that it allows bettors to make a small bet to get involved. The flip side is that it’s naturally a tough bet to win. In any event, we’ll keep swinging looking for gold on Friday. Head below for our free Gulfstream Rainbow Pick 6 selection for May 1, 2020.
Post Time: 3:45 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Race 6 is the first race on the Rainbow 6 card on Friday. Eight horses will take to the gate in a race for a $41,000 purse. Not a bad payday for an event that isn’t the feature race. I’m shortlisting Key Biscayne and Awesome Ella as potential options in this one. Mo of the West, with a couple of breaks, could wind up in the winner’s circle as well. Mo of the West will be making the second start of her career after finishing 5th in her debut on March 6. Debuts can always be a bit hit and miss despite their full potential.
Awesome Ella is looking for her first win in four races, having finished 2nd for her best outing on November 9, 2019. She was 6th in her most recent entry on December 1, 2019. Key Biscayne is coming in hot despite no wins in her career. She has been the most consistent pony in this event, having shown in three straight outings. Key Biscayne has finished 2nd 2nd, 3rd in her previous three starts after 6th and 6th in the first two starts of her career. She looks ready to take a trip to the winner’s circle after coming close lately.
Post Time: 4:17 p.m. EST
A purse of $20,000 is up for grabs in Race 7. Exatlon will be looking for a big upset, but don’t get too excited. It’s unlikely to happen today. Exatlon has finished 6th in four straight outings after winning on December 21, 2019. Besides the win, Exatlon has failed to show in 9 of 10 races in her career. Shanghai Moon, Awesome Party, and Chasing the Candy will likely be involved in the homestretch.
Chasing the Candy is a winner in 2 of 11 races and has shown in three out of her previous three trips to the gate. She’s shown in 7 of 11 career races. That said, Chasing the Candy was out of sync in her last entry on April 12. She couldn’t keep up and slipped to 11th for a discouraging performance. Awesome Party recorded a win on February 17, but hasn’t looked like a winner in her previous two starts. She crossed the line in 6th and 4th in the March and April races.
Shanghai Moon, like Chasing the Candy, is coming off a weak performance in her last start. But just like her opponent, she will be dropping a class after finishing 9th on April 12. Prior to that effort, Shanghai Moon won on March 12, along with 2nd on January 9 and 3rd on January 29. When I’m split on two horses, I typically take the better odds. The public will likely ride the favorite in this one. Shanghai Moon will be on plenty of tickets. I will go slightly contrarian and select her rival, Chasing the Candy.
Post Time: 4:48 p.m. EST
1-mile for a $24,000 purse in Race 8 at Gulfstream Park. If you’ve made it this far with your Rainbow 6 card, congrats because it’s only going to get tougher. Dalarna will be on a few tickets and it’s easy to see why. The 6-year-old has been a major success in his career, having won 8 of 25 races. She placed in her most recent outing after winning three straight outings. Along with the hat-trick, Dalarna has won 4 of her previous 6 starts. The one horse better than Dalarna was her biggest rival in Race 8 today, High Noon Rider.
High Noon Rider got the win by 1 ¾ lengths in a minor upset over Dalarna. She’s had a pretty efficient career, with 12 wins in 48 races, and is a winner in 5 of her last 8 races. Has already proven that she can compete with Dalarna. Besides those two participants, there is some decent value to be had on Allurstra, who has placed in 4 of her last 6 entries. Her most recent win was on January 5. The 4th of her career in 20 outings. Having said that, I think Dalarna isn’t going to see an upset on Friday again. She likely responds for her 4th win in 5 races.
Post Time: 5:19 p.m. EST
Before we get to the main event of the day, ten horses are entered to gallop a mile for a $17,000 purse. Snap Hook will get the most attention from handicappers in this event. However, there could be better value out there than the favorite in this race. I think it could turn into a wide-open affair, so looking elsewhere might be the best strategy.
Snap Hook has a win in 2 of 15 races. It’s been a minute since he has won an outing, though. Snap Hook recorded a win on June 28, 2019, but hasn’t been able to finish the deal since. He placed on March 14, but has failed to show in three of his last four trips to the starting gate.
Strategic Outlook has had an adequate career, but just a bit inconsistent to be considered a serious contender in his career. He has a win in 2 of 18 career starts. Like Snap Hook, Strategic Outlook placed in March on the 26th. However, unlike Snap Hook, Strategic Outlook doesn’t have any other success. That’s the only time he’s shown in his previous seven entries.
The horse being overlooked a bit in this one has to be Quality Special, who has a win in 2 of 9 races. He’s returning to the dirt after a poor effort on turf March 26. Quality Special finished 11th after two superb performances on February 14 and March 1. He won by a half length over Monmouth Dr in February. Has also shown in 3 of her last 5 starts. Value wise, Quality Special looks good.
Post Time: 5:49 p.m. EST
A short race featuring 5 furlongs will be the feature race of the day, with a $41,000 purse. There’s likely to be some good racing in Race 10. It should be another competitive event that comes down to the final second. Heir Ball and Song River will line up in the starting gate beside each other. The horse that gets a better jump out of the gate might be the winner here. Heir Ball has been driving hard recently and consistently producing for her team.
Heir Ball has a win in 5 of 22 races in her career, and has been feeling pretty comfortable recently. She’s placed in 4 of her last 5 races, including back-to-back wins. Heir Ball has shown in five straight outings, 2nd in her most recent entry on April 12. It was a rock solid run by Heir Ball, but was behind Blue Magic by ¾ lengths. In any event, that could be enough to get a win on Friday.
She will likely be bothered by Song River, who has been coming along nicely recently, too. Song River has a win in 8 races and showed in 4 of his last 5 starts. In her last outing, Song River placed in 2nd by a half length behind Cucina. Over Gators should have a good ride in this one as well. She has a win in 4 races and placed in her most recent race on March 14 by ¾ lengths.
It was a near wire-to-wire win for Over Gators, as she held well throughout the race and just got nipped at the wire. She was a winner at Tampa Bay Downs on January 24 by 1 ½ lengths. That was a wire-to-wire win for Over Gators. Plenty to like with her and should present a bold bid on Friday in Race 10.
Post Time: 6:19 p.m. EST
11 horses are in the mix for the final race at Gulfstream Park on Friday. It’s a wide-open race to end the day with a few horses all likely to be involved at the wire. Keep an eye on Reiterate, Beasaichi, and Queen Field as potential threats. Lady Noguez at +800 is probably worth a look, too. Reiterate will get inside position out of the starting gate, as she searches for her first win since debuting on April 11. That was seven races ago. Since then she’s placed just once.
Beasaichi has been a little more consistent, having shown in 4 of her last 5 outings, but is still searching for her first win since a debut run on October 17, 2019. Similar history as Reiterate, though Beasaichi has proven to be in better form on a more consistent basis since winning her first start. Queen Field has 2 wins in 11 races, but hasn’t had the consistency of Beasaichi recently. She has shown in only 1 in 5 races since winning on December 11, 2019.
Like much of this field, Lady Noguez started off well with a win in her second performance on November 29, 2019. She’s been able to show some good form recently, finishing 2nd on March 18 and 3rd on April 10. Talented jockey Tyler Gaffalione is going to get the call to ride Lady Noguez on Friday. That should only help her claim to a win in this one. Lady Noguez has a win in 8 races and shouldn’t be ignored to get her second today. I’ll take a shot on Lady Noguez with the attractive odds on offer.