There are ten racecourses with racing in North America on Friday. That includes some of the big tracks like Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, and Gulfstream Park. We have you covered at Belmont Park on Friday with a double daily ticket and at Gulfstream Park in Florida. There are some big races on Saturday, with a total of 13 stakes races in North America, with 12 in the US and another at Woodbine in Toronto.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby goes through Thistledown tomorrow, with the running of the Ohio Derby. A purse of $500,000 and 20 points to the winner is offered for the Ohio Derby. The spotlight is off Gulfstream Park for the foreseeable future with the Florida Derby already in the books. A lot of people were introduced to Tiz the Law at Gulfstream Park in the Florida Derby.
Tiz the Law dominated that event and put the rest of the Triple Crown contenders on notice. Gulfstream Park is offering a total of $263,000 on the Friday card in Hallandale Beach. Race 6 is the feature event of the day, with a purse of $55,000 offered on the turf. We will have a selection for Race 6 and for two more races on Friday at Gulfstream Park. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for June 26, 2020.
Post Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
Race 1 will get us started at Gulfstream Park on Friday afternoon in Florida. The racing today will begin with 5 furlongs of racing on the dirt for a $41,500 purse. Lady Quintessa, Mad About Maddie, and Lyrical are going to put up a good in this one. Lyrical is a second-time starter on Friday after making her debut on May 7.
She had good positioning on the inside, but did nothing with it. There was no rally out of Lyrical and never made a move to improve in the stretch. Lyrical has looked great in recent workouts, and it could very well carryover into Friday. She completed 4 furlongs at 47.92 and 48.20 seconds, and 3 furlongs at 36.20 seconds.
Mad About Maddie will be making her debut on Friday. She has looked decent enough in morning workouts. Mad About Maddie completed 4 furlongs at 49 and 51 seconds. She also had a 5-furlong workout on June 10 and looked competent with a time of 1:03.00.
Lady Quintessa made her debut on June 10 in a fairly tricky race for a $65,000 purse. She was placed up against some really good talent in that event, but Todd Pletcher was confident in Lady Quintessa and entered her into a tough race as a first-time starter. It didn’t work out well, but Lady Quintessa still has a promising future.
Lady Quintessa finished 6th, which doesn’t sound spectacular. However, she is down in class today, and Lady Quintessa comes from a top barn. Pletcher likely has her ready to go this time around. Out of the horses that have a race on their resume, five horses, nobody showed in their race. Pletcher has her in a winnable race today and she should deliver.
Post Time: 2:37 p.m. EST
Race 6 is the feature race of the day at Gulfstream Park. Eight horses are scheduled to participate on the grass for a $55,000 purse. Renaisance Frolic and Sailing Solo are two top contenders for the top prize in the feature race. I’d say that Il Faraone is the better of the two +350 horses and might have an argument as well. Il Faraone is 7 for 42 in his career with the 7th win coming in his most recent performance on June 3.
He was strong to beat Patriot Drive by 2 ¾ lengths as the biggest underdog in the race. Il Faraone wasn’t getting any respect and he showed up for a big performance against the odds. It was his first win since January 17. Since January, Il Faraone finished 8th, 2nd, 6th, 8th, 1st. Inconsistent is one word to describe Il Faraone. If he wakes up wanting to run today, then Il Faraone will play spoiler in Race 6.
Sailing Solo can’t be discarded here either. She is 4 for 12 in her career, and recently recorded a hat-trick from August 15, 2019 to November 29, 2019. After that tremendous effort, Sailing Solo entered the first stakes race of her career in the Colonel E. R. Bradley Stakes. It was a decent enough race for Sailing Solo to finish 5th in her stakes racing debut.
She dropped down in class for her next outing and placed on February 25 at Fair Grounds. Sailing Solo was 1 ½ lengths behind Emmaus to finish 2nd. She was the favorite in that one, so it wasn’t a favorable result. More was expected out of her, though it was still a good run to pick up some of the prize money.
Renaisance Frolic has made a living out of racing in stakes races. She has been in 13 of them in her 25 race career. There has been varying degrees of success in that time for Renaisance Frolic, with the highlight of her career a win in the Armed Forces Stakes in 2017. In easier events, Renaisance Frolic has been a winner.
Renaisance Frolic has won four straight Allowance Optional Claiming races. That includes her most recent outing on May 24. She was in excellent form to beat Tizzarunner in a monumental 16 ½ length blowout. That race was for a $48,000 purse. She is aiming a bit higher in this one, but should be able to have good results against this competition in Race 6 on Friday. Renaisance Frolic deserves the most attention at the betting window here.
Post Time: 3:41 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 8 has the second largest purse of the day, with $48,000 posted on the docket for a small six-horse field. Cory Gal and Liza Star are two notable runners for the event. Corey Gal heads into Friday on a hat-trick with wins from March 25 to most recently on May 3. She has finished in the top-2 in four straight events. In her most recent outing, Cory Gal won by 2 ¼ lengths over Midtown Rose at 6 furlongs.
She remains in just about the same class, with this race going for a slightly higher purse of $48,000. Overall, Cory Gal has won 4 of 20 races in her career, so it wasn’t until recently that she decided to get going and find wins. Part of that is better race selection by her trainer, but it’s also because of improved form. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see Cory Gal running a strong race on Friday afternoon. If it weren’t for Liza Star getting the call for Race 8 today, then I’d have a lot more confidence in Cory Gal. There wouldn’t be much competition otherwise.
Liza Star doesn’t enter with the same results on paper. However, she has been running against much better competition and has been gunning for stakes payouts. Prior to strongly getting enriched in the stakes circuit, Liza Star won five straight races from May 18, 2019 to September 20, 2019. She went the entire summer without losing. On December 7, 2019, Liza Star captured the Claiming Crown Glass Slipper Stakes for a $110,000 purse. That is the biggest score of his career.
She also came close in the Larry Bird Stakes on February 17, but came just short by 1 ¾ lengths. In her most recent performance, Liza Star finished 5th in the Musical Romance Stakes, which came with a $100,000 purse. She recently ran a really strong workout in the morning over 3 furlongs, with a time of 35.94 seconds on June 20, so the form is still there for Liza Star. She is well worth strong consideration in this class on Friday.