We’re back at Gulfstream Park on Thursday after a red-hot day on Wednesday. There wasn’t a losing horse in sight, as we went three for three for an easy day at the office in Hallandale Beach. It’s a new day on Thursday, though, and it will be important to find more winners at Gulfstream Park. This is one of the biggest racecourses on the card Thursday. Gulfstream and Aqueduct Racetrack have to be the most popular tracks on the schedule today.
Gulfstream Park is the only racetrack that has had at least a $1,000,000 race in 2021 so far. The Grade 1 Pegasus events for $1,000,000 on the turf and $3,000,000 on the dirt are going to be the biggest on US soil for a little while. Overseas in Saudi Arabia, we only have to wait a few more weeks for the richest race in the world for $20,000,000.
Gulfstream Park has ten races scheduled on Thursday with a total of $392,000 in prize money. We also have Laurel Park covered with a few selections in Maryland if you are looking for more horse racing picks. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for February 4, 2021.
Post Time: 2:10 p.m. EST
Race 3 is a $39,000 event covering 6 furlongs on the turf at Gulfstream Park. Nine horses are expected to run in the race, with On a Tour and Honorable likely showing positives in this one. On a Tour has taken a split in his first two races.
She made her debut at Woodbine on October 17 and struggled in a $126,800 assignment. It wasn’t what her connections envisioned out of the gate, as she finished 6th in that outing. On a Tour transferred to Gulfstream Park on January 3 and immediately found a better stride.
On a Tour beat Mission Possible by a head in a $39,000 race. Chasing over $100,000 wasn’t suited for On a Tour as a first-time runner, but she was able to find a class she’s comfortable in. This class is something where On a Tour can do well in. Expect another solid run from On a Tour. Honorable should be able to run a smooth race in this one, too.
Honorable has finished 2 for 6 in his career, with a couple of wins on November 25 and December 18 in back-to-back spots. In his most recent win, Honorable defeated Sweet Pearl by a nose in a $38,000 assignment event on December 18. He wasn’t able to follow up for another win, though, and the hat-trick was blocked on January 21.
He showed 3rd on January 21 in his latest entry. Honorable finished a neck behind Mira Mission by 1 ¾ lengths for the win. It was a tight race between the top-3 horses. Despite the loss and failed hat-trick bid for Honorable, he was close and can win this race. We’re getting decent odds on the morning-line and likely good value at post time.
Post Time: 3:10 p.m. EST
A mile on the turf will decide the winner of Race 5 at Gulfstream Park. It comes with a $27,000 purse. Nine horses are scheduled to compete, barring any horses getting scratched. I’m shortlisting Ninja Dust and Dream Friend for the win in this event. Ninja Dust showed great improvement in his most recent outing. He finally got back into the winner’s circle after sitting out since a win on August 23, 2019.
Ninja Dust is coming off a win on January 7 over Digital Footprint by a neck in a $27,000 event. This was as a sizable underdog against the favorite. Digital Footprint was a big favorite, so it was a surprising run for Ninja Dust. If he brings that form to Thursday, then expect another win for Ninja Dust.
However, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen Ninja Dust run that well in back-to-back performances. My money is going to be against Ninja Dust duplicating that outing. Dream Friend has some graded experience, finishing 3rd in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (Gr. 2) on September 2, 2019.
More recently, Dream Friend was 5th in July 4 in the $150,000 Poker Stakes (Gr. 3) at Belmont Park. In his most recent entry, Dream Friend showed 3rd in a $43,000 event on November 20 at Aqueduct. Dream Friend slides down the class scale on Thursday for this event. I would side with Dream Friend to score the win.
Post Time: 5:17 p.m. EST
Race 9 is one of the biggest events at Gulfstream Park on Thursday. This race comes with a $44,000 purse on the main track. My Sarasota Star and Loriloupies should have a strong case of getting into the winner’s circle on Thursday. My Sarasota Star is 4 for 18 in her career, with a win most recently in June. In that performance, My Sarasota Star reached the winner’s circle with a 1 ¼ length win over Talkthetalk for a $31,000 prize.
Since that win, she has struggled to get into contention. My Sarasota Star has finished 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 6th, 5th since that win. In her most recent attempt, she faltered for 5th in a $31,000 assignment. This isn’t the most difficult field on Thursday, though. Expect My Sarasota Star to run a strong race in this one. My Sarasota Star looked great in her most recent workout, with a time of 1:00.45 at 4 furlongs on January 23.
Loriloupies should give My Sarasota Star everything she can handle. She is the most consistent runner in this event and has already stuck the winner’s circle twice in only four outings in her career. In her wins, Loriloupies beat Fancified by 6 ¾ lengths in an easy $39,000 assignment on February 5. She followed up for another win on May 2 for a blowout by 9 lengths in a $33,000 race.
She placed 2nd behind Sonar by a length in her latest appearance on July 15. Following a layoff, Loriloupies is back on the track today. Expect big things from her. She has looked sharp in morning workouts. Loriloupies completed 5 furlongs in a very fast 59.58 seconds on January 17 in her final tune-up. I’m siding with Loriloupies to get the win.