The horse racing circuit on Thursday includes at least nine thoroughbred tracks for wagering. There are also a few harness racing tracks on the schedule. Yonkers is currently in the midst of a winter meet. We have a big prep racing day on Saturday approaching. The running of the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (Gr. 3) on Saturday will have 50 points up for grabs to the winner.
The horse that places 2nd will still earn a solid 20 points towards the Kentucky Derby. TheSportsGeek will have an early Kentucky Derby preview in March, so be sure to be on the lookout for that article. The $20,000,000 Saudi Cup is less than two weeks away if you are looking for a bid race, though nothing beats the prestige of the Derby.
Gulfstream Park is live on Thursday with a ten-race card. A total of $310,000 is slated to be available at Gulfstream today. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for February 11, 2021.
Post Time: 1:10 p.m. EST
We will get going on Thursday with a $23,000 card covering 5 furlongs on the turf. Nine horses are scheduled to participate in this race. Bahamian Rhapsody and Exact likely have something to say in this race. Bahamian Rhapsody will have to fight from the outside, but should be in good order for a chance at a win.
She is winless in his career, but might have found a race that suits him better. Bahamian Rhapsody has gone 4th, 3rd, 8th in his career. She showed 3rd on December 9 in the best performance of her career. That was in a $29,000 assignment. Bahamian Rhapsody was 1 ¾ lengths and a neck behind the winner at the wire, so it was an encouraging outing.
What wasn’t promising was Bahamian Rhapsody’s next entry. She failed to keep up and finished 8th in another $29,000 event. It was a disappointing showing for Bahamian Rhapsody following a promising effort. She steps down in class on Thursday for this race, though.
Exact has gone 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th in her career and been close throughout her young career. She placed 2nd in back-to-back outings at Belmont to begin her career in a $63,000 and $80,000 race. Not a bad start, though in her most recent, she was 4th in a $39,000 event. She slides all the way down to a $23,000 event, and this easier assignment should be evident watching Exact run.
Post Time: 3:41 p.m. EST
Race 6 is a 6-furlong race on the dirt for a $38,000 purse. A couple of runners catch my eye, as Stripping and First Investor could emerge in the stretch run in a duel. Stripping has been up and down throughout his career, with final results of 7th, 1st, 3rd, 7th. She stepped up on October 24 for a 7 ½ length win in a blowout at the $24,000 level. That was far too easy, then she came back to show 3rd on November 27 in a $40,500 assignment.
Finally in her most recent outing, Stripping was 7th in a $38,000 event. Her original owners took a big loss on Stripping. She was purchased at auction for $170,000 in 2018, and was put up for sale this past year and purchased for $32,500. Taking their loss and moving on was probably for the best, she should still be able to compete in this class.
First Investor is a one-time starter and a one-time winner. She beat Goodbye Gaby by 12 ¼ lengths in a $32,000 in an impressive clinic. While Stripping was previously bought for $170,000, First Investor was a $10,000 purchase in 2018. First Investor ran much better than a $10,000 horse in her debut. If she runs a similar race on Thursday, then it’s hard to see her being denied in this race.
Post Time: 5:16 p.m. EST
Distance:1 ½ Miles
The feature race at Gulfstream is worth $51,000 in a mile and a half race on the turf. The inside and the outside of the gate should be represented near the wire. Pillar Mountain has finished 3 for 11 in his career, with stakes experience on his resume. He hasn’t won since July of 2019, though, going 6th, 7th, 3rd, 6th, 4th in her next five and most recent outings.
Pillar Mountain hasn’t been stakes racing since 2019, and went on a lengthy layoff after. Since the layoff, Pillar Mountain returned in June and finished 6th in a $70,000 event, and then most recently 4th in a $78,000 event. This is going to be the lowest class that Pillar Mountain has had in a long time. He certainly has the talent to win a $51,000 race, but could be regressing at this point in his career.
Shamrocket is a Todd Pletcher trainee and has done nothing but produce solid results. After running for 6th as a rookie on August 3, 2019, Shamrocket has been in the top-3 in ten straight races, including two wins and placing 2nd in four races. Shamrocket won on December 23 in a $40,000 event by ¾ lengths, and then came close on January 16 in the $75,000 Sunshine Turf Stakes.
Shamrocket placed 2nd behind Venezuelan by ¾ lengths at the wire. The young colt rallied nicely in the stretch to go from 5th to 2nd, but was just nipped at the wire to be fended off. I’m going to my faith in Shamrocket holding off his foes for a win on Thursday.