Gulfstream Park is hosting ten races on Thursday in Hallandale Beach for $261,500 in purse money. It’s not the biggest card for Gulfstream Park, though I’m sure we can make something out of it for our bankroll. Saturday has more money available, with $479,000 up for grabs. However, the real money is going to be found at Saratoga, notably the running of the $750,000 Whitney Stakes (Gr. 1). In total, there will be $2,483,000 up for grabs at Saratoga on Saturday. We will have you covered for the Whitney Stakes and more at Saratoga this weekend. Del Mar has the $250,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (Gr. 1), so you can find the next biggest races out west.
The Shared Belief Stakes is only for $100,000, but it is a prep race for the Kentucky Derby with 50 points awarded to the winner. We will get a good look at Honor A. P. for the final time before the Kentucky Derby in that race. The Shared Belief Stakes is probably what I’m most looking forward to over the weekend. As far as today is concerned, I’m looking to find some gems in the rough at Gulfstream Park. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for July 30, 2020.
Post Time: 1:30 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
Race 4 gets us started at Gulfstream Park on Thursday afternoon. This event will feature 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $19,000 purse. Don’t Eatthe Apple and Cabrina should be in the mix in the stretch. Both are likely to be involved in the meaningful stages of Race 4. Cabrina has showcased good fight throughout her five-race career. Besides a DNF on June 3, Cabrina has shown something in the other races.
She has finished 4th, 2nd, 4th, 3rd in her other four entries. Against this field, expect to see her in the top-3 with a chance at a win. In her most recent performance, Cabrina finished 3rd on July 11 in a $19,000 event to beat eight horses. Prior to that outing, Cabrina was 4th on June 27 in a $17,000 race. She should be close, but might need to catch a break somewhere along the line to get a win. If Don’t Eatthe Apple gets stuck in traffic or doesn’t break well out of the gate, then the door might be wide open for Cabrina.
Don’t Eatthe Apple has similar experience, but the results on paper have looked better on paper for Cabrina. Don’t Eatthe Apple has finished 2nd, 4th, 6th, 6th in her young career. When you dig a bit deeper, though, you’ll find out that Don’t Eatthe Apple was competing against tougher competition. In his most recent outing, Don’t Eatthe Apple was racing in a $43,000 race on March 6, and before that another $43,000 race on February 8. In the best effort of his career, Don’t Eatthe Apple placed 2nd in a $60,000 event on August 24, 2019 in her debut.
This is the easiest race of Don’t Eatthe Apple’s career. Cabrina has been running close to the front in this class, but hasn’t proven to be a winner. Don’t Eatthe Apple has been finding similar results at a higher grade, so you have to believe Don’t Eatthe Apple should be the top contener in Race 4. Dropping this far down, anything less than a win would be tough to take for her connections.
Post Time: 2:02 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 5 is one of the biggest races at Gulfstream Park on Thursday. A pure of $33,500 is up for grabs, with the top prize that runs the fastest over 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt. Pretty Rachel is a dark horse in this race from the No. 1 post position. She is a first-time runner, but is expected to have a competitive career, and she draws the inside rail out of the gate. Pretty Rachel has been working out in the morning to get ready for her debut on Thursday.
She has completed 4 furlongs with times of 49.63 and 50.17 seconds, along with 3 furlongs in 36.20, 36.44, 40.66, and 37.12 seconds. She is one of three horses making their debut today, and I’d give the edge to Pretty Rachel out of the rookies. Maybe even a win if Pretty Rachel shows up to the gate in top form in Race 5. Pretty Rachel will get a favorable starting position in the gate for her debut.
On the opposite end of the gate, Katiesdreamgirl is coming off her debut run on June 28. It was a promising effort for Katiesdreamgirl as a rookie to place 2nd behind Royal Habibi. Considering Katiesdreamgirl was getting lots of love from the public leading up to that race, as she was the favorite, the end result wasn’t the most desirable. However, Katiesdreamgirl is down in grade today, going from a $36,000 race to $33,500. Since that outing, her work in the morning has been promising as well. Katiesdreamgirl has recorded times of 49.23 and 48.53 seconds in July leading up to this outing. This should be a relatively easy assignment for Katiesdreamgirl.
Post Time: 4:14 p.m. EST
The feature race of the day is on the dirt for a $47,000 purse. This one could unfold to be a duel between Cory Gal and Baccarat Fashion in the stretch, though don’t discount Midtown Rose from the No. 7 post position. Midtown Rose is 5 for 18 in her career, with a stakes win in the Queen Mother Stakes on February 18, 2019.
She hasn’t won a stakes race since then, though, and hasn’t signed up for one since February 15, where she finished 9th in the Minarat Stakes. Since then, Midtown Rose has finished 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 5th. She had a disappointing run on May 28 in her latest outing as a favorite. Much more is expected out of Midtown Rose, and she should run a stronger race today.
Baccarat Fashion has experience in graded events and should find this to be an easy challenge in comparison. She has raced in the Rampart Stakes (Gr. 3) and Inside Information Stakes (Gr. 2) with finishes of 4th and 7th in those events. Since the Inside Information Stakes in January, Baccarat Fashion has finished 3rd, 9th, 3rd. In her latest outing, Baccarat Fashion finished 3rd on July 8 in a $47,000 race. She completed a 4-furlong workout in 50.23 seconds on July 25.
Cory Gal was on a monster run with a hat-trick from March 25 to May 3. She finished 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st in this class. Cory Gal won on May 3 over Midtown Rose by 2 ¼ lengths for $46,000. The bid for four straight wins came to a crashing halt on June 26, though. Cory Gal fell to 4th in a $48,000 race. She faded late and should benefit from a half furlong less of racing on Thursday.