There is a healthy card of racing on Sunday with 12 racecourses scheduled to have cards. We are less than a week away from the 147th Kentucky Derby and the opening of Triple Crown season in 2021. Some normalcy returns with a regular schedule beginning on the first Saturday of May. The Preakness Stakes will follow on May 15, and then the Belmont Stakes for the final leg of the Triple Crown on April 22.
There is no big gap between races like there was last year. That was an interesting year, with trainers needing to use a different strategy due to the complex situation compared to a normal Triple Crown season. Despite the break for rest between the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby, we had a different winner with Authentic failing to win the Preakness.
You can find four stakes events in the US on Sunday. The $100,000 Singletary Stakes at Santa Anita park and $100,000 License Fee Stakes at Belmont Park are the biggest, so not a huge Sunday for stakes racing. In our first stop this afternoon, we’re at Gulfstream Park for a ten-race card worth $309,000. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for April 25, 2021.
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Race 3 is a $29,000 event covering 5 furlongs on the turf. Seamialaugh is winless in 14 attempts, but could find some success on Sunday on these terms. In her previous seven events, Seamialaugh has gone 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 10th.
She was in the frame for most of that stretch, with five finishes in the top-3 in seven outings. In her most recent race, she didn’t go far to finish 10th on April 8. That was in a $29,000 assignment, so not encouraging in the least. In any case, Seamialaugh looked good until retreating past the ½ pole.
After weakening in that 7 ½ furlong race, she drops down in distance to a 5-furlong event. That should help put her in a better position to win on Sunday afternoon. Julie Bird has been the most consistent runner in this event, finishing 3rd, 2nd, 2nd in her last three trips.
In her most recent showing, Julie Bird placed 2nd behind Beauty Boss by ¾ lengths in a $32,000 event last month. Prior to that event, she placed 2nd behind Running Memories by 2 ½ lengths. Julie Bird has been strong in the morning, with recorded workouts of 47.80 seconds at 4 furlongs and 1:00.84 at 5 furlongs. Winless in seven-career races, but Julie Bird keeps getting closer.
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Race 7 goes for a mile on the dirt for a $47,000 purse. Eight horses are scheduled to run with Pro Quality and Scar likely up front. Pro Quality is 2 for 7 in his career, with some nice results recently. He has finished 7th, 6th, 1st, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 1st in his career. Pro Quality is coming off a win by a neck over Honolulu Express for a $48,000 purse on March 14.
Prior to the win, Pro Quality showed 3rd in a $44,000 assignment, though was close, losing by 1 ½ lengths and a neck. I’d be surprised if Pro Quality isn’t in the frame at the wire. His work in the morning has been impressive, with a time of 47.11 seconds at 4 furlongs leading up to today on April 17.
Scar is 3 for 16 in his career and has finished 1st, 5th, 3rd, 2nd in his previous four trips. He was a winner on December 20 over Nacho Papa by a head for a $40,000 purse. Most recently, Scar placed 2nd behind 4 ¼ lengths behind Girolama’s Attack for a $52,000 purse. He should be in a battle with Pro Quality who is in good form at the moment. If you want a better price and value, then you have to go with Pro Quality.
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In Race 9 we have 6 furlongs with a $48,000 purse on the line on the main track. Sonar and Sound Machine are both shortlist material in this event. Sonar is 4 for 12 in her career with a couple of wins in her last four attempts.
She has finished 1st, 6th, 1st, 7th in her previous four. A $47,000 performance on December 19 yielded a 3 ¾ length win over Addilyn. She also won two outings back on February 28 in a $48,000 race by a half length.
That successful run earned her a promotion to the first graded event of her career in the $100,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (Gr. 3). That didn’t go well, as Sonar was humbled for 7th after getting tired going into the stretch. She was 2nd at the ½ pole and regressed to 7th.
Sound Machine participated in that race and passed Sonar following the ½ pole. She had a half length lead going into the stretch, but couldn’t hang on and lost by 3 ½ lengths. That said, Sound Machine was more than 10 lengths ahead of her biggest foe in this race. It won’t be that lopsided on Sunday, but another performance like that should result in a winning run.