Florida has racing on Thursday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. From Thursday to Sunday, it’s a good bet that Gulfstream Park has a card no matter what time of the year it is. That includes sister track Gulfstream Park West, which takes over for Gulfstream Park when they’re in the offseason. The offseason at Gulfstream Park isn’t long compared to most tracks around the country.
The weather in Florida helps, and the consistently high betting handles certainly assists keeping things going almost year-round. The main attraction of the weekend is at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. The running of the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (Gr. 1) is a must-watch event on Saturday. Look out for Bob Baffert’s Concert Tour. It carries big implications for the Kentucky Derby.
Gulfstream Park has eight races with a total of $224,000 in prize money available. If you are looking for more picks, check out our Keeneland Daily Double and Pick 3 in Lexington. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for April 8, 2021.
Post Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Distance:7 ½ Furlongs
The first race at Gulfstream on Thursday is a $32,000 turf race. Eight horses are expected to cover 7 ½ furlongs in this race. Count Down and Holy Meister should have a good chance of getting into the winner’s circle on Thursday. Count Down has finished 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd in his career. He is coming on nicely and has improved in each passing race.
If Count Down continues on this trend, he’s going to get into the winner’s circle on Thursday. Count Down showed 3rd on July 29 in a $40,000 event. He improved on that performance and placed 2nd in his most recent outing on March 21. That was a nice effort in a $35,000 event, but ¾ lengths short of a win. Holy Meister should provide a threat to Count Down and the rest in this field. Holy Meister is winless in six attempts, but he’s developing nicely.
He has finished 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 4th, 3rd in his career. With five out of six performances in the top-3, that is some nice consistency for Holy Meister. He showed 3rd in his most recent outing on April 18 in a $45,000 event. That was a nice run in a much tougher assignment than what he’ll see Thursday. I like his chances in this one.
Post Time: 2:07 p.m. EST
Race 3 goes for 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $19,000 purse. Ten horses are expected to participate in this one. Exonerated Prez and Comiskey Park. Exonerated Prez has finished 9th, 9th, 11th, 2nd, 7th in his career. He placed 2nd behind Thorover by 2 ¾ lengths for a $19,000 purse on February 26. That was a nice effort, but not enough for a win.
It’s the best result of his career, as he’s finished outside of the money and the rest of his attempts. Exonerated Prez returned on March 20 to finish 7th in a $19,000 event, so there hasn’t been much rhythm or consistency for him. That being said, if Exonerated Prez is interested in running on Thursday, then he’s going to be close at the wire. It just depends which horse we see this afternoon.
I give Comiskey Park a stronger nod to win this race. Comiskey Park has finished 7th, 5th, 10th, 2nd in his career. He’s been a bit all over the place too, but has experience in more difficult races. In his most recent event, Comiskey Park placed 2nd behind Blakenstein by 2 ¼ lengths in a $21,000 race. He’s going to move down slightly in class to a $19,000 event on Thursday. At 3/1 on the morning-line, there’s some good value on Comiskey Park.
Post Time: 2:40 p.m. EST
Race 4 features a mile of racing for a $47,000 purse. This is a small field with six horses participating for the top prize. Por Que No and Honey Pants should have a strong push in the stretch. One of them is likely winning this afternoon. Por Que No is on fire with three straight wins from January 15 to March 17. She started with a 2 ½ length win for a $32,000 purse, and most recently won by a half length over Kate’s Kingdom for a $42,000 purse on March 17.
Por Que No continues to go up the class scale and lands on a $47,000 event on Thursday. This should be another chance for Por Que No to get into the winner’s circle. Despite entering tougher races, she continues to win, so don’t count her out for a $47,000 prize. Honey Pants is a one-time winner in five attempts in her career. She also has graded experience, with a recent appereance in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (Gr. 3).
That didn’t go too well, with Honey Pants finishing 5th. However, Honey Pants looked good in the $100,000 Stewart Manor Stakes and $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes (Black Type). Honey Pants placed 2nd in both events. Prior to going stakes racing, Honey Pants beat So Enriching by 4 lengths, so the jump to $100,000 events was justified. Down to a $47,000 outing, expect Honey Pants to get back to winning.