Gulfstream Park is one of the most well-known tracks that is offering a card on Sunday. Despite the coronavirus raging in Florida, Gulfstream Park keeps on ticking in Hallandale Beach, FL. The local government was putting pressure on Gulfstream Park to close just before the Florida Derby near the end of March. That request was denied by Gulfstream Park. They were never ordered to close by the Health Department, so forward Gulfstream Park went. Gulfstream is still going strong going into Sunday as they continue their summer meet in Florida.
The racetrack opened up the doors to race fans around a month ago. As far as I know, Gulfstream is still welcoming fans at Gulfstream. That’s great for business and the betting handle. Across the US, the betting handle has been up slightly as compared to last year despite 36% fewer races being offered. Gulfstream Park is offering $377,000 across 11 races on Sunday. Yesterday was a great day, which included a sweep at Delaware Park and a winner in the Blue Grass at Keeneland. The stakes aren’t nearly as high in Florida today, but let’s try to add some more winning horses to our total. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for July 12, 2020.
Post Time: 1:28 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 Mile
After dealing with stakes races for the past few days, a purse of $28,000 seems miniscule. However, it can still be a decent payday for a race team on Sunday. Race 4 has a mile of racing on the dirt for a $28,000 purse. There are some veterans in the field, with 4 to 10 year olds running in the event. I’m shortlisting Brasstown and Fortune Cookie in Race 4. Brasstown is running out of the No. 2 post position as an 8/1 runner.
I think that’s a bit too high and Brasstown should be more in the +400 range. Brasstown is coming off a win on May 21 at Gulfstream Park. He got the win in the $17,000 event by Monmouth Dr by 6 lengths. Brasstown was in control by the halfway mark and he didn’t let go of the lead and continued to build on it.
He was the heavy favorite in that one and performed how he was expected to. Brasstown is up in class now after dominating that race. He will most certainly face tougher opponents on Sunday. However, the kind of form he put forth in that one should put him close today. Leading up to that race, Brasstown finished 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th, so it was great for him to get back into contention.
The races Brasstown finished 7th and 8th in were for purses of $23,500 and $21,000, so the excellent form we saw in May will have to be required to compete here. This event should prove to be even more difficult than those two races. Brasstown made a recent strong run at 4 furlongs to complete the workout with a time of 48.80 seconds. If we see the same Brasstown from May then things could get interesting.
Fortune Cookie is 9 for 28 in his career and coming off a couple of sharp performances. He won the top prize in a $32,000 race on May 10 by a length. Fortune Cookie followed that up for 2nd in a higher class for $47,000. It went well again, but he was denied by 2 ½ lengths and had to settle for 2nd. Along with a $60,000 stakes race earlier in the year, Fortune Cookie is used to competing in a higher class against much tougher runners. Against a fairly easy field, Fortune Cookie is likely the one to beat on Sunday.
Post Time: 4:09 p.m. EST
For our other selection at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, we’re looking at Race 9 on Sunday afternoon. A purse of $31,000 is on offer in this one, with 6 furlongs of racing on the dirt in the cards. I’m anticipating a bit of a duel between Fuel the Bern and Front Loaded in Race 9. Fuel the Bern are both compelling options on your bet slip. Fuel the Bern gets the No. 6 post position and should run a good race.
He is a winner in 5 of 28 races in his career and is coming off a solid try on May 29. Fuel the Bern placed 2nd behind Oak Bluffs by a neck. That was a great effort by Fuel the Bern. If he brings that kind of energy to the part on Sunday, then Fuel the Bern likely isn’t going to be far away from a win. His form reads well from a recent workout on July 4, as he completed 4 furlongs in 48.95 seconds.
While that was a good run for Fuel the Bern in May, it’s been awhile since he’s found the winner’s circle. Fuel the Bern won on April 5, 2019, so it has been over a year. Since that win, Fuel the Bern has finished 5th, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 5th, 2nd. And this is a bit of a hike up in class from the race he placed in at Gulfstream in May. Not an unattainable increase, but it’s worth noting.
Front Loaded has been the more consistent runner. He has finished 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd in his previous four outings. In his most recent entry on June 20, Front Loaded had to settle for 3rd to finish behind a couple of really strong horses, Win With Pride and R Mercedes Boy. Front Loaded is used to competing in this class and has shown to be consistent. At this level of competition in the past, Fuel the Bern was well off the pace. I’m on Front Loaded with Fuel the Bern fading late.