New Year’s Eve has a lot of racing available for wagering in the US. Not nearly as many people have New Year’s Eve plans this year, so you have to expect that more will be staying home and playing the ponies. There is also a host of college bowls, college basketball, and NBA to feast on to usher in 2021. For NHL fans, we’re getting there, as the new season is scheduled to begin on January 13.
A five-game slate in the NHL is expected to be played in a couple of weeks. That’s good news. We went from no sports at all in the spring and early summer to a full card. Gulfstream Park has a packed card on New Year’s Eve. We will take a look at what Gulfstream has to offer, along with three picks at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday.
Gulfstream Park has ten races on Thursday for a total of $330,000 in prize money. Not a bad payday for a Thursday afternoon in Hallandale Beach. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for December 31, 2020.
Post Time: 1:05 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Our first race at Gulfstream Park is Race 2, a $19,000 event covering 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt. Quid Pro Glow and Luisana Princess should be able to hold up in this race. Quid Pro Glow will be making her debut on Thursday afternoon at Gulfstream Park. Despite running as a first-time starter today, Quid Pro Glow has looked good in morning workouts. She most recently completed 4 furlongs in 48.41 and 50.61 seconds. A quick start for Quid Pro Glow would be a steal for her connections. She was purchased for $9,000, but expected to outpace those expectations in her career.
Luisana Princess has six races on her resume, having finished 4th, 9th, 3rd, 8th, 3rd 4th. In her best recent finish, Luisana Princess showed 3rd on November 22 in a $29,000 assignment. She was in similar form in her next performance, where she finished 4th in another $29,000 race. The $32,000 Luisana Princess slides down the class scale and aims for a win in a $19,000 event on Thursday. If she runs her normal race, then the last day of 2020 should grant her the first win of her career on New Year’s Eve.
Post Time: 2:05 p.m. EST
Our next pick at Gulfstream Park is shortly after 2:00 p.m. EST in Race 4. This event covers a mile on the dirt for a $25,000 purse. Trappezoid and Crea’s Bklyn Law should have something to say in the stretch in this race. Trappezoid is 6 for 36 in his career, with his most recent win on October 21, three races ago. He beat Long Gray Line by 11 ¼ lengths for a $17,000 purse in a blowout. That race was much too easy, but Trappezoid found his match in the next two races.
He finished 4th in a $20,000 event on November 7, and then didn’t do any improvement in his next outing. Trappezoid finished 5th on December 2 for a $47,000 purse. That was an unexpected jump in class and the result was pretty predictable. In any case, he’s down in class for this race and should run better, though getting around Crea’s Bklyn Law could prove to be difficult.
Crea’s Bklyn Law will drop much further down in class for this assignment. He won back-to-back outings on June 24 and July 11 in a $25,000 and $47,000 purse. Crea’s Bklyn Law ran into problems when seeking out richer races. In his most recent, he finished 6th in the $85,000 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit Stakes. Disappointing, but this race will be much simpler. Expect Crea’s Bklyn Law to cash in with a win.
Post Time: 5:13 p.m. EST
Race 10 is our final stop at Gulfstream Park on Thursday, and the last event today at the Florida based track. This event is for a $17,000 purse covering a mile on the dirt. Lavi and Soothing should come close to a win in this race. Lavi is 2 for 10 in her career and coming off one of the best efforts of her career on November 22. Prior to the win, Lavi was a loser in eight straight races, having finished 10th, 4th, 7th in her last three outings. She beat Nenita by 2 lengths in a $17,000 event on November 22. The class drop helped, and she stays in the same class today. You have to expect another bold bid for Lavi in Race 10.
Soothing is looking to get back into the winner’s circle after having a lot of success in back-to-back outings on August 2 and August 29 at Del Mar. Soothing won a $19,000 event by 5 ¾ lengths, and then turned around to win a few weeks later by 1 ¼ lengths in a tougher $34,000 race. Since then, Soothing has struggled and has finished 3rd, 5th, 7th. Chasing bigger purses didn’t really work out for Soothing. In her most recent performance, Soothing finished 7th for a $31,000 purse. This big slide down to a race below the $20,000 mark should make her presence felt in the stretch.