We’re back at Gulfstream Park on Saturday with three more picks. Yesterday could have been a really big day. Our upset lean on Merseyside in Race 8 was correct, but we didn’t make it an official play so that was a missed opportunity. One selection was a success at Gulfstream Park. We went 2 for 3 at Charles Town to make it an okay day without any damage inflicted. Monmouth Park is the center of the horse racing universe today.
The Haskell Stakes (Gr. 1) will run for a $1,000,000 purse and points towards the Kentucky Derby. Don’t forget about the other tracks that are playing ball today, though. There are a total of 11 track racing in North America on Saturday. Gulfstream Park has 12 races on the docket worth a total of $373,000 on Saturday. There are three events that I have circled today. Hopefully that means two or three winners in Hallandale Beach. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for July 18, 2020.
Post Time: 2:34 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Race 6 at Gulfstream Park features 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $48,000 purse. Five horses are signed up to race in Race 6. Win With Pride and Flashy Kyem are expected to get into a tight race in the stretch. When the dust settles going into the final furlong, we’re likely going to find Win With Pride and Flashy Kyem pressing hard. Flashy Kyem is 7 for 45 in his career with a couple of strong recent efforts.
He was a winner on February 10 at Parx. Flashy Kyem did not cross the wire first, though Arch Cat was disqualified, so the win went to Flashy Kyem who finished a half length behind Arch Cat. Arch Cat was the favorite, while Flashy Kyem was a heavy underdog in the $35,000 event. Arch Cat ultimately had to settle for 3rd after getting DQ’d. The last clean win for Flashy Kyem was on September 15, 2019. That was nine races ago at Parx. Since then, Flashy Kyem has been up and down.
In his most recent entry, Flashy Kyem placed 2nd. He didn’t have a DQ to bump him up a spot in that event. Flashy Kyem finished 3 ¾ lengths back of Cool Arrow. Flashy Kyem had the lead at the top of the stretch, though Cool Arrow became clear in the stretch. This is another $48,000 race for Flashy Kyem on Saturday. Win With Pride will be his biggest threat in Race 6.
Win With Pride has finished in the top-3 in seven straight races, and in the top-3 in 9 of 10 events. The only race he failed to finish in the top-3 was a Grade 3 race on November 22, 2018 at Aqueduct. Overall, Win With Pride is 8 for 29 in his career, and is coming off a win on June 20. Win With Pride beat R Mercedes Boy by 4 ¼ lengths to get back into the winner’s circle. R Mercedes Boy is a good horse, but Win With Pride took care of the assignment. This shouldn’t be a difficult field for him to overcome on Saturday. I side with Win With Pride in Race 6.
Post Time: 3:06 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 7 is a modest $17,000 event on the dirt over 6 ½ furlongs. Chit Chat Girl and Gran Michelle are on my shortlist in this event. Chit Chat Girl is 1 for 10 in her career with several top-3 performances to speak of. She has been in the top-3 in 7 of 10 career races. Only one of them resulted in a trip to the winner’s circle, though. That was on November 29, 2019 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Chit Chat Girl beat Florado by 1 ¼ lengths in a $14,200 event. She hasn’t raced since May. Chit Chat Girl finished 4th on May 14 and 3rd on May 27 for a $10,000 purse. This race is for more money, but I wouldn’t say it’s tougher than that event. She looked adequate in the morning, with recorded times of 51.62 seconds over 4 furlongs and 37.52 seconds over 3 furlongs. She should be able to do one better and place at least.
Gran Michelle will take to the track for her sophomore run on Saturday. She beat Panarea by a half length in an impressive debut run. Gran Michelle had the lead by the ½ pole and held on in the stretch. That event was for a $25,000 purse, so after that win, Gran Michelle gets a downgrade in class for today. If Gran Michelle runs like she did on April 24 as a first-time participant, then there won’t be any doubting who will win Race 7.
Post Time: 4:14 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 9 takes us to the end for us at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Let’s make it a winner in this 6 ½ furlong event for a $20,000 purse. Bolt and Big Spender are expected to be dangerous horses in Race 9. Bolt is coming off a win and is 2 for 11 in his career. He beat Starship Taxi by ¾ lengths for a $17,000 purse.
This was after a few brutal races for Bolt, as he finished 4th, 11th, 7th. It wasn’t like Bolt was running in higher classes in those events. The 7th place performance on May 1 was only for $16,000 and Bolt underachieved. Bolt returned over a month later for a bold effort in June, though. He was an underdog in that race, but didn’t run like it.
Bolt hopes to take that momentum and use it for another standout performance on Saturday. After the struggles he was having, it came as a bit of a surprise to see the form he was suddenly in on June 26. Bolt started 2nd out of the gate and had the lead by the ¼ pole. He never looked back and cleared the field. Big Spender will provide Bolt with a new challenge in this race. Big Spender is 2 for 10 in his career and is on the heels of a win as well.
He has also finished in the top-2 in three straight races. Big Spender was getting close and finally popped on May 21 for a ¾ length win. He’s been a consistent runner. Big Spender has finished in the top-2 in 5 of his previous 6 races. As surprising as the win was for Bolt, it wasn’t to see Big Spender finally do one better and go to the winner’s circle. It won’t be a surprise if Big Spender handles his business on Saturday either.
Big Spender is coming off a brief layoff after sitting out since May, but has been in good form in the morning this month. He recently completed a 4-furlong workout with a time of 48.60 seconds on July 5, and 3 furlongs with a time of 36.90 seconds on July 12. If Big Spender runs up to his potential today then a win is going to be close.