We’re back on Friday on the racetrack and it’s a big card throughout the US. There is no shortage of horse racing today. At just BetOnline alone there are ten racecourses offering cards. Santa Anita Park returns with a host of other racetracks for the weekend. The biggest race of the weekend is at Santa Anita Park. The $200,000 running of the La Canada Stakes (Gr. 3) is expected on Saturday afternoon in Santa Anita. There isn’t much else on the calendar, as things are quiet before the Pegasus World Cup towards the end of the month. We’ll get started at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale beach on Friday.
Gulfstream Park is home to the invite only $3,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Invitation. There have been 16 invites sent out, including to Bob Baffert’s Charlatan, who might be the best racehorse in the business at the moment. Brad Cox’s Knicks Go is going to be a hot commodity going into that race as well. On the smaller side, Gulfstream Park has ten races worth a total of $284,000 on Friday. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks on January 8, 2021.
Post Time: 2:05 p.m. EST
Race 4 at Gulfstream Park is a mile event on the main track for a $23,000 purse. Tiz Possible Dear and Descente should give a good go of it for the top prize in this race. Tiz Possible Dear is 9 for 29 in her career with a couple of wins in her previous three trips. She is also a winner in 4 of her last 6 outings.
In her most recent win, Tiz Possible Dear defeated Sound Machine by 2 ½ lengths in the $60,000 Millions Distaff Stakes (Black Type) on November 14. Following that win, Tiz Possible Dear was unable to follow up in the $100,000 City of Ocala Florida Sire Stakes (Black Type) for 4th.
Down in class expect Tiz Possible Dear to run a better race down in competition on Friday. This is considerably easier than Tiz Possible Dear has seen in recent memory. She will likely have to deal with Descente in the stretch, who should run a solid race from the No. 1 post position. Descente is on a heater right now.
She has won three straight races and anticipates winning another this afternoon. Descente went up in class to the $80,000 Claiming Crown Glass Slipper Stakes on December 5 and completed the hat-trick with a 3 ¾ length win over Don’t Get Khozy. Impressive effort after a couple of really impressive workouts. If her form holds, this should be an easy afternoon at the office.
Post Time: 3:09 p.m. EST
Race 6 runs for a $32,000 purse across 6 furlongs on the dirt. We are looking at a solid race, which likely comes down to Reservenotattained and Tio Will in the stretch. Tio Wil is looking for a hat-trick on Friday following a win on October 22 and December 4. He beat Plenum by 3 lengths for a $19,000 purse in the October race, and then followed up for a 3 ¾ length win for a $24,000 purse. This assignment on Friday will be more difficult, but should run a close race regardless.
Reservenotattained is 3 for 8 and showing terrific form with five straight performances in the top-3. Also note Reservenotattained was in the top-3 in 7 of 8 races in his career. In his most recent showing, Reservenotattained beat Wicksters Dream by 6 ½ lengths in a $31,000 event. That was a nice effort and a similar effort would be enough to score a win on these terms. Reservenotattained has proven to run well in this class, and should be able to get into the winner’s circle for a second straight time on Friday afternoon.
Post Time: 3:40 p.m. EST
Our final look at Gulfstream on Friday is Race 7 for a $32,000 purse on the turf. A horse like Exchange Day and Nitro Time are likely going to give a good go of it for the top prize. Nitro Time is coming off a win after finishing 4th and 12th in his first two races. After transferring to Gulfstream after two races at Churchill Downs, Nitro Time found the winner’s circle.
Nitro Time beat Todaystheday by 4 lengths for a $29,000 purse at 5 furlongs. The young colt was ahead by the 3/16 pole and steadily pulled away from the field. Exchange Day isn’t going to be going anywhere, though. This could turn into a close duel in the stretch.
Exchange Day is 3 for 6 in his career and in search of a hat-trick on Friday afternoon. He won on November 6 over Swaggy George by 5 ¼ lengths for a $28,000 purse in that one. That was an easy wire-to-wire win for Exchange Day. He showed that he was the best horse out of the gate and in the stretch. In Exchange Day’s next performance, he defeated Zamfir by 1 length in a $37,000 event.
Nitro Time is the first favorite according to the morning-line, but I like Exchange Day’s chances of getting into the winner’s circle on Friday afternoon. It should be a good race between Nitro Time and Exchange Day, with Exchange Day having the edge at the wire.