There is plenty of horse racing action on Sunday to keep fans of the ponies occupied today. There are six race tracks open for wagering at BetOnline, with some big players in the mix like Aqueduct Racetrack, Gulfstream Park, and Santa Anita Park. The first 50-point race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby is in the books.
Mandaloun put forth a bold bid to find the winner’s circle for the top prize in the $400,000 event and 50 points towards the Kentucky Derby. With that statement win, Mandaloun puts his hat squarely in the Derby discussion, though we have a long ways to go before May. There are a couple of $100,000 stakes races on Sunday, with the running of the Gander Stakes and Sweet Life Stakes (Gr. 3).
Gulfstream Park has a Sunday afternoon card in Hallandale Beach. There are 11 races on the card with $421,000 in prize money up for grabs. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for February 14, 2021.
Post Time: 2:06 p.m. EST
Race 4 is our first destination on Sunday at Gulfstream Park. Bella Gabriella and Baby Lion are expected to run well in this race, with Brody’s Honor likely engaging in the stretch as well. Bella Gabriella is a one-time starter, finishing 5th in her debut on January 16. She didn’t have much to give in that $19,000 assignment, but as a first-time starter, is open to improvement on Sunday in this event.
Brody’s Honor has finished 6th, 2nd, 7th in her career, with her best effort on June 6 to place 2nd behind Ten Pin Ally by 7 lengths. She wasn’t close to the winner, but was the closest in the field. Ten Pin Ally was much the best in that race. Brody’s Honor came back on January 24 to finish 7th in a $29,000 event. Down in class back to a $19,000 race, expect Brody’s Honor to do better than that outing on Sunday afternoon.
Baby Lion is winless in five entries, but stands a good chance of scoring a win on Sunday. She’s entering in good form after placing 2nd in his most recent race. Baby Lion placed 2nd behind Shakem by 1 ½ lengths after an encouraging run. She struggled up in class at the $29,000 level as well, though looked much better in this class. It should be a good one between Brody’s Honor, with the edge going to Baby Lion over the morning-line favorite.
Post Time: 3:10 p.m. EST
Race 6 is a mile race on the dirt for a $47,000 purse. No More Business and Bold Agenda look like strong horses to get the win in Race 6. No More Business is likely going to come close and is getting some nice value. The young colt is winless in four races, but has been showing improvement. No More Business has finished 5th, 4th, 2nd, 2nd, in his career.
He placed 2nd behind Well Done West by 5 ¾ lengths on December 18 in a $47,000 assignment. That was a promising effort, and then followed up to place behind Nocturnal by 3 ¾ lengths most recently on January 15. Given those two efforts, No More Business should be close in this event as well. Some consideration should be afforded to No More Business as a 6/1 runner.
Bold Agenda is a one-time starter who showed 3rd on January 15 in a $47,000 event. Not bad at all as a rookie against a pretty tough field. Since then, Bold Agenda has appeared to be getting better in workouts. He was clocked at 48.58 and 48.96 seconds at 4 furlongs following his debut. This $700,000 Todd Pletcher trainee is expected to have a strong career. After getting introduced in his debut, expect Bold Agenda to clear this field in the stretch.
Post Time: 3:41 p.m. EST
Race 7 runs for 6 furlongs on the main track for a $17,000 purse. Eight horses are projected to start in the race. Enano Astray and I Kickn should have something to show in the stretch. Enano Astray has a win in eight outings, which was his most recent outing on January 17. He’s been showing some nice form as of late after a slow start.
Enano Astray has finished 2nd, 3rd, 1st in his previous three performances. He started off 2021 the right way with a win on January 17. Enano Astray defeated Chamberlain by 5 ¼ lengths in a $17,000 event. That was a nice effort after he showed 3rd in a $19,000 event to close out 2020 on December 27. If Enano Astray didn’t have to deal with I Kickn, who is dropping in class on Sunday, then a win would have appeared closer.
I Kickn has a win in six attempts in his career. He beat Chill Haze by 7 ½ lengths in a $19,000 event. Since then, I Kickn has gone 3rd, 8th, 3rd in his previous three outings. In his most recent, he showed 3rd in a $22,000 event. That was much tougher than what I Kickn is going to experience on Sunday. A similar performance should probably be enough to get into the winner’s circle.