Gulfstream Park will “open” for another day of thoroughbred racing in Hallandale Beach, FL on Thursday. It’s the biggest racetrack that’s still racing in the US at the moment, albeit without rans. There isn’t a track that has their doors open to the public. Other than essential establishments, the doors are shuttered across the country. This is of course a pandemic that is impacting a lot more than just horse racing.
There isn’t an industry or individual that Covid-19 hasn’t impacted in some shape or form. With that in mind, the racetracks must feel fortunate that they’re able to race still. The horsemen and personnel in the backstretch certainly appreciate it. As an entity, the tracks themselves aren’t breaking profit records or anything, though it’s enough to offer purses, and most importantly, more attention than ever from gamblers.
On-track betting is obviously impossible right now, so tracks are losing that along with concession sales. However, the attention they’re getting from people that normally wouldn’t be betting on the ponies is invaluable. It might help attract newcomers to the sport that stay around, and even check out a track, when some normalcy is restored.
Not everyone likes betting on baseball, and horse racing might provide an alternative for something different during a summer afternoon. I hope that I’m referring to this summer and not next summer. Gulfstream Park is not offering a Pick 5 or Rainbow Pick 6 jackpot on Thursday. However, Tampa Bay Downs is tomorrow with a Pick 6 Jackpot, so we’ll be sure to provide you with our selections. For today at Gulfstream Park, we have a couple of best bets that hopefully turn out to be winners. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park selections for April 23, 2020.
Post Time: 3:11 EST
Distance: 1 Mile
Our first best bet of the day at Gulfstream Park is a little later in the afternoon in Race 5. A seven-horse field will be featured in the event. Tiz Luna out of the No. 4 post will be searching for a sizable upset. He has a win in his career, but in 25 races that goes for a 4% win percentage. He has placed 2nd six times and 3rd thrice. In her previous three races, he finished 9th, 8th, and 5th. This was after showing in five straight outings, four of which he placed in. However, Tiz Tuna didn’t fare nearly as well at a higher class.
The other Luna in this race, Majestic Luna, who are both trained by Luis Luna, is going to have a tricky race on Thursday, too. She’s had some more success than Tiz Luna, with 3 wins in 29 races. But it’s the same case with Tiz Luna against better competition. She’s better suited to run against weaker competition. This isn’t the biggest challenge, but has failed to run well against similar opponents in recent outings. Majestic Luna has finished outside of the top-3 in four straight races.
Eight Ain’t Enough is a better selection if you’re going for an upset bid. He has some momentum going into Thursday, placing in each of his last three races, including a win in his most recent on February 8. He was able to beat out a big field by 6 ¼ lengths for an impressive effort. Eight Ain’t Enough was the clear favorite in that event and lived up to the billing. However, he will not be treated as a favorite to handicappers in Race 5 on Thursday.
We’re likely looking at a competitive race between three horses in this event. Valdolobo, Tricky Magician, and Willing to Speed are all going to have an ample chance of getting the win on Thursday. Valdolobo is on a hot run with two wins in a row, as he seeks a hat-trick at Gulfstream Park on Thursday. He came close to making it three straight wins, but faltered back on August 23 to place. With his most recent race in January, Valdolobo should be fresh for Thursday.
Tricky Magician is a winner in 2 out of 13 races with total earnings of $107,074. He had a nice run in his debut at Gulfstream Park by 1 ¾ lengths on January 12. However, that was the first race that Tricky Magician showed in since December 2, 2018 at Woodbine. He’s failed to finish better than 5th in five out of his last six assignments. Willing to Speed has shown in three straight races, though doesn’t have a win in five starts on November 11, 2019. He is a winner in 2 of 18 races. The value appears to be with Valdolobo to secure the hat-trick.
Post Time: 3:43 EST
Right after we hopefully cash a winner in Race 5, we look to Race 6 for another opportunity. Undaunted will get outside position from the No. 7 post out of the gate. He’ll need a really nice run to get the victory and pull off an upset. Undaunted has a win in 12 races, which was five races ago on September 26, 2019. Since then, Undaunted has placed and shown once. His latest effort was not that inspiring, as he finished 5th in a six-horse field. This doesn’t look like a good spot for him.
Gray Beau is the only other horse in this race with a morning-line at +1000 or more. He’s the better option if that’s what you want, though. Gray Beau has a long history dating back to August 12, 2013 at Suffolk Downs. Since 2013, Gray Beau has raced in 54 events, with wins in 9 races. His most recent win was on the 3rd of January at Gulfstream Park. Since that point, Gray Beau finished 3rd twice and failed to show in two other events.
Winking at Thedude is coming off a win on February 16 at a mile to finish a half length ahead of Go Away. It’s the 3rd win in his 17-race career and first since last April. Since winning last year, Winking at Thedude has shown in six of nine races for a fairly efficient stretch of success. First and Three might not have a win in his most recent outing, though he’s been the more consistent of the two over the last year. First and Three has shown in six of seven races and eight of ten events. He’s placed in his last three straight outings, with a win in 3 of 14 career races. Winking at Thedude could be a solid upset pick.
No Getting Over Me has gotten progressively worse since a win in his debut on November 29, 2019 at Tampa Bay Downs. He was strong in that performance, but has gone 2nd, 3rd, and 5th thereafter. No Getting Over Me and the others in this field will face a willing contender in Untitled on Thursday.
Untitled is making his first race since an outing at Aqueduct on March 7. That was just prior to the tracks closing. He was strong, finishing 2nd to place for the third time in four career races. Untitled won on December 14 at Gulfstream Park in a massive blowout. He stomped on the competition for a win by 11 lengths. Don’t expect a blowout like that Thursday, but Untitled should run strongly enough for a win in Race 6.