There is plenty of horse racing to get to on Thursday if you’re a fan of the ponies. BetOnline has ten races available for wagering, with Oaklawn Park and Gulfstream Park the two biggest racks with action on Thursday. Oaklawn Park is the home of the $1,000,000 Rebel Stakes (Gr. 2) on Saturday. If there is one race to watch this weekend, the Rebel Stakes has to be it this weekend. Along with a million in cash up for grabs, there are 85 points available to put towards the Kentucky Derby. 50 points goes to the winning stream, while 20 points will go to 2nd. There are a couple of cards at Oaklawn Park before the big day, though.
Gulfstream Park is running ten races for a total of $366,000 in prize money on Thursday. If you are looking for a few picks at Oaklawn Park, then feel free to access our Oaklawn Park page with the selections. We have three more in Hallandale Beach on Thursday afternoon. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for March 11, 2021.
Post Time: 2:08 p.m. EST
This is the co-feature race at Gulfstream Park on Thursday. We have seven horses scheduled to run in the event on the turf, with Let Them Eat Cake and Too Sexy likely involved in the stretch run of this race. Let Them Eat Cake gets the inside rail out of the gate.
Let Them Eat Cake has finished 3rd, 5th, 3rd, 4th, 2nd, 6th in her career. She has been inconsistent to start things off, but has the talent to finally break through soon. Let Them Eat Cake ran the best race of her career on July 29. She placed 2nd behind Zero to Sixty by 1 ½ lengths in a $72,000 event. Too Sexy has been a more consistent runner in her five-race career.
She has finished in the top-2 in three out of five, and top-3 in four. Too Sexy placed 2nd in back-to-back races on July 5 and September 7. She finished 2 ½ lengths behind Rivendell in a $64,000 event. Too Sexy returned in September to finish a head behind More Than Unusual for a $90,000 purse. This looks like a winnable run for Too Sex on Thursday afternoon in a $52,000 event.
Post Time: 2:37 p.m. EST
Our next stop on Thursday is Race 4, a $19,000 event on the dirt covering a mile. Divine Martha and Emolga should be considered potential winners in this event. Divine Martha is a one-time in 12 races, with the win taking place on November 13. She has finished 5th, 3rd, 7th in her last three outings.
Divine Martha showed 3rd on January 14 in a $24,000 event. That’s the best recent performance of her career. She struggled in her latest race, finishing 7th in a $24,000 race, so that was highly disappointing. A class drop was needed after that performance.
However, keep in mind that Divine Martha was incredibly sharp in a morning workout before that race. She was timed at 46.57 seconds at 4 furlongs, so the poor effort on race day to finish dead last was not expected. Perhaps in a bounce-back opportunity, Divine Martha can respond and run much better
Emolga is a one-time winner on August 6 in her debut. She beat Lake Parima by 1 ¼ lengths in a $29,000 purse. Since that performance, Emolga most recently made a solid run on January 31 to place 2nd behind Topo Grigio by ¾ lengths. Down in class a touch on Thursday, expect Emolga to be right there at the wire with a chance to strike over this field.
Post Time: 4:44 p.m. EST
A $52,000 event covering a mile on the dirt will close out the afternoon for us at Gulfstream Park. Six horses are expected to arrive at the gate on the main track. Tio Magico and Prevalence, who will be next to one another in the gate, are likely the best options to get into the winner’s circle.
Tio Magico finished 6th in his debut on September 7, and then came back in impressive form to beat Stephen in a $126,800 event at Woodbine on October 4. In his next and most recent performance, Tio Magico placed 2nd behind Stephen in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity.
That was a 1 ¼ length win for Stephen, as he was able to return the favor in a revenge spot in Toronto. The Canadian bred Tio Magico arrives at Gulfstream Park in good form and should get close, with Prevalence the most likely candidate to give Tio Magico a tight race.
Prevalence is coming off his debut as a first-time runner on January 23. He won in a blowout by 8 ½ lengths over the competition for a $50,000 purse. That was a widely successful performance from Prevalence, and his recent workouts have been impressive as well. Prevalence completed 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 on March 5 for prep work. I’m backing Prevalence to get home this afternoon.