A new day brings more horse racing on Thursday. That’s the one constant when it comes to sports betting. When everything was being locked down in March, there were still horses running on the track at some tracks. There were a few that had to close things down or postpone the beginning of their meets, but there’s been at least two race tracks operating since the lockdown. Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park were godsends early in the week with two cards during then.
California had to be the most stringent on Covid policies, and to this day, tracks continue to be closed because of outbreaks. That said, their hand was forced at Golden Gate Fields. They had to close. 200 workers were diagnosed with the virus, so there wasn’t much they could do. I’m not so sure Gulfstream Park or any of the other Florida tracks would stop for positive cases, though. Gulfstream Park was one of the biggest names in racing that was racing in the early stages of the pandemic.
Gulfstream Park has a ten-race race card worth $294,000 on Thursday in Hallandale Beach. There are a couple of horses that stick out on this card. I’m not going to force anything more than two selections on Thursday. We also have two horses running at Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Thursday, too. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for December 3, 2020.
Post Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Race 4 is our first selection at Gulfstream Park on Thursday afternoon. The event is scheduled for a mile on the dir for a $19,000 purse. Hartling and Inedatequila should have something to say in the stretch in this event. Hartling is 4 for 12 in her career, and was in tremendous form in her career early in the year. She won four straight races from late December to February 22.
In her most recent win, Hartling won by 7 ¾ lengths over Just a Bit Sassy for a $33,000 purse. Since then, Hartling has gone 6th, 2nd, 4th, 4th, 8th. In her last outing, Hartling finished 8th in a $28,000 event. That was the end of the line for Hartling in that class, as she drops back down for Thursday.
The $33,000 win might have provided a bit of false hope and kept her in a higher class for longer than she probably should have stayed. In any case, Hartling is down today for a $19,000 race on Thursday. That should help get him back in order today. Inedatequila has been mighty impressive lately and should be tough to stop, though.
Inedatequila is on a hat-trick and looking for more on Thursday. She finished 1st on September 27, October 17, and November 15. In her most recent attempt, Inedatequila beat Broadway Cat in a blowout by 8 ¼ lengths for a $17,000 purse. Inedatequila had a half length lead at the ¼ pole and then took off to leave the field way behind her. Preceding that win was a $17,000 win by 2 ¾ lengths over Nationalist. If Inedatequila runs how she did in her most recent outing, then this win should be in the bag for her.
Post Time: 3:00 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 Mile
Race 6 is the feature race at Gulfstream Park on Thursday. This event covers a mile on the dirt for a $48,000 purse. Six horses are expected to participate, with Everfast and West Will Power good horses to have on your shortlist. Everfast is 2 for 22 in his career and drops big time in class today after appearing in three stakes races, one of which was a Grade 1 event on August 29 in the running of the $300,000 Forego Stakes (Gr. 1).
This was after Everfast won a $74,000 event by 2 ½ lengths on August 1. Since that win, Everlast hasn’t been back to the winner’s circle. Everlast has finished 9th and 7th in his last two outings. He finished 7th on November 7 in the $150,000 Lafayette Stakes. Everlast has competed in some big events throughout his career, including the Florida Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and Travers Stakes. His best finish was 2nd in the Preakness Stakes in 2019. Otherwise, Everfast has struggled to put a dent in graded races.
West Will Power is undefeated to open his career. He was a winner as a first-time runner on September 12 at Monmouth Park and opened well. West Will Power defeated Johnnypump by 2 lengths as a rookie, and then followed up on October 24 to beat Baby I’m Perfect by 2 ¼ lengths in a $50,000 event. He has been really impressive in his young career so far. It could turn into a duel between Everfast and West Will Power down the stretch. These are two quality horses. West Will Power has looked great recently, though, so I’m going to give the slight edge to the No. 1 horse.