This is an action packed day of horse racing in the US across 12 tracks. It’s been a while since I remember so many racecourses on a Wednesday. Since around March, there were only a handful of tracks that were offering racecards. Now on a regular old Wednesday, there are a plethora of tracks out there, some of which are allowing fans to attend in-person. Gulfstream Park is allowing spectators.
Florida is getting stricter on public spaces, at least in some cities, with some bars losing their licenses because of a lack of social distancing. The good news for Gulfstream Park is that most of the fans will be watching outdoors, so that gives them an advantage over a bar. However, if a huge uptick in hospitalizations was noted in Hallandale Beach, don’t be surprised if Gulfstream goes back to racing fanless again. Besides horses who don’t like the crowd noise and need earplugs, fans or no fans doesn’t matter much from a betting perspective.
Gulfstream Park is the biggest track operating on Wednesday. Delaware Park is handing out some nice purses further up the east coast. Between Gulfstream and Delaware Park, that’s where you are going to find the most money out there for trainers and owners. I was going to play a multi-bet at Gulfstream today on the Pick 5 or Rainbow Pick 6, but after handicapping the events, there are some crapshoots out there. I’ve shortlisted three picks for straight wagers that might catch your interest, though. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for June 24, 2020.
Post Time: 12:30 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
Race 2 is the feature race of the day at Gulfstream Park. Nine horses are scheduled to run 5 furlongs for a $55,000 purse on the dirt. Tiger, Son of a Beast, and Canyouhearmenow are going to be involved in this race. Eight horses will be making their debut today in Race 2. Canyouhearmenow completed 4 furlongs of 51.14 and 51.43 seconds in late May and June. In his most recent workout, Canyouhearmenow completed 3 furlongs at 36.80 seconds on June 20. He is a solid horse that should be involved in the stretch. Tiger and Son of a Beast may prove to be too much, though. Tiger was quicker than Canyouhearmenow at 3 furlongs in the morning, with a time of 35.87 seconds.
He also completed 4 furlongs with a time of 1:02.00. Prior to those workouts, Tiger ran 3 furlongs at 37.78 seconds. Steady improvements have been noted for Tiger. If Son of a Beast isn’t on top of his game, then Tiger might be able to swoop in there and grab a win. Son of a Beast is an exciting candidate that is expected to fulfill a promising career. Todd Pletcher is training Son of a Beast, who was purchased for $42,000 this past winter. His connections suggest that Son of a Beast will find plenty of wins throughout his career. He has been the quickest of horses in the morning, with times of 49.28, 49.95, and 50.92 seconds at 4 furlongs in a workout in May and two in June. Son of a Beast appears to be a strong choice here.
Post Time: 2:05 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 5 is for a $45,000 purse over 1 1/16 miles of racing on the turf. Tara, Awesome Ella, and Baseline Drive must be in consideration in the event. I have Tara slightly ahead of Awesome Ella on my shortlist. Tara has been consistent and could pop today after coming close since February.
She has finished 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd in her previous four races, all of which were at Gulfstream. This was after Tara was going nowhere. Tara finished 4th, 2nd, 5th, 4th, 7th, 9th to open her career. After that work, Tara was dropped down a class to compete against easier competition. It has been to her benefit, but she’s still looking to find a spot in the winner’s circle.
Awesome Ella is a four-time starter and has had decent results. She just about won in her latest entry on May 28. Awesome Ella came a half length of winning, though the favorite, Amadora, had the slight edge at the wire. The most promising sign was the fact Awesome Ella was gaining throughout the event and didn’t weaken. A newcomer might be the most dangerous runner in Race 5, though. Much is expected out of Chad Brown’s Baseline Drive in her career.
Race 5 might come down to whether Baseline Drive doesn’t get too anxious in the gate. If she isn’t bothered in the gate and breaks well, then the rest of the field might be in for a tough race. Baseline Drive continues to get faster in the morning, with times of 50.40, 49.15, and then most recently on June 13th 49.13 seconds at 4 furlongs. The connections are strong with this one, and despite being an inexperienced runner, showcases the most talent out of the group.
Post Time: 4:13 p.m. EST
Race 9 is our final selection of the day at Gulfstream Park. A purse of $47,000 is on offer for the 5-furlong event. Sayonara Baby, True Heiress, and Sugar Bolt are going to be strong contenders for the top prize. Sayonara Baby has been off and on in her eight-race career. She has finished 2nd, 5th, 8th, 2nd, 5th since winning on November 15, 2019. She placed in the Glitter Woman Stakes on January 4 and hasn’t been in a stakes race since.
That wasn’t a bad effort, but it was clear from her next races that she didn’t belong in stakes events. Her most successful recent outing was two starts ago on May 7. Sayonara Baby placed to finish 2nd behind favorite Flora Fantasy by a half length. I believe I was on Flora Fantasy in that race so no complaints. Following that performance, Sayonara Baby finished 5th on May 29, which was nearly 15 lengths off the leader at the wire.
I’ve handicapped True Heiress before as well. True Heiress is 4 for 27 in her career, with a win on May 7 over Heir Ball by 1 ½ lengths. True Heiress was a huge underdog in that race and pulled it off. She dueled on the inside against Heir Ball throughout the race. True Heiress was able to win the duel in the end, which could have gone either way. She came back on June 14 and finished 3rd just ten day ago. I was in on that race and cashed Fiber Optic with a win over Glory Roll by a neck.
Sugar Bolt has been the most consistent runner in the field. She has finished 2nd, 1st, 7th, 2nd in her previous four races. In her ten-race career, Sugar Bolt has been in the top-3 in 7 of 10 races. There hasn’t been much to complain about regarding a couple of recent workouts. She finished 4 furlongs at 49.40 and 49.77 seconds in good form. Sugar Bolt gets the edge here over Sayonara Boy and True Heiress at the wire.