Thursday has more than ten racecourses available for wagering. You can find ten thoroughbred tracks and two or three harness racing tracks operating at BetOnline. We were able to grind out more profit on Wednesday at Delta Downs and Gulfstream Park. It was a 2-1 day at Delta Downs nad 1-1-1 at Gulfstream Park. It was a small profit in Hallandale Beach, with one of our horses getting scratched and not running.
We are getting closer to the biggest prep race that we’ve had on the Road to the Kentucky Derby so far. The $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (Gr. 1) is always a big event at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, and is the feature race of the weekend in the US. A total of 170 points, with 100 going to the winner, will be awarded on Saturday at the Louisiana Derby.
There aren’t any stakes races on Thursday, but I would gladly take another profitable outing on the track. In our first attempt on the day, we’ll be back at Gulfstream Park in Florida. Gulfstream Park has ten races with $347,000 in prize money available on Thursday afternoon. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for March 18, 2021.
Post Time: 2:37 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 4 gets us going at Gulfstream Park with 6 ½ furlongs of racing on the dirt for a $18,000 purse. Sexy Dream and Corey look like they could make their presence felt in Race 4. Sexy Dream is a one-time winner through four outings, going 4th, 1st, 4th, 4th. That is some consistency, but Sexy Dream would like some of that consistency to become more 1st and 2 places.
In her win on October 23, Sexy Dream beat Liesel by 5 lengths in a $23,000 event. Since that effort, she’s gone 4th on January 20 in a $38,000 event and then the same in another $38,000 race a month later. Sexy Dream is down in class today and should run well with a chance to win. If it wasn’t for Corey, I think Sexy Dream would be the clear winner here.
However, Corey is 2 for 5 in her career and has been consistent up near the front. She has gone 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 5th, 1st in five outings. In her most recent showing, Corey cleared by 1 ¼ lengths to take the top prize of a $40,000 purse over Foolish Heart. This was after a transfer from Churchill Downs and finishing 5th in a $87,000 race. The step down in class helped. All the way down to a $18,000 race, Corey shouldn’t have too many problems if she is interested in running on Thursday.
Post Time: 3:41 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Six horses are expected to run 6 ½ furlongs in Race 6 at Gulfstream for a $44,000 purse. I’m shortening this list down to My Mane Man and Twice too Many. This is an inexperienced field, with only Cotton Jim and Twice too Many having made their racecourse debut.
Cotton Jim made a product first-time run on February 21, showing 3rd for a $29,000 purse. It was an acceptable start to his career, and he’s looked good in workouts as well. Cotton Jim completed 4 furlongs in 48.60, 49.77, and 48.70 seconds through January to March.
He should have a tough time assignment against Twice too Many on Thursday. Twice too Many has placed 2nd in two outings in his young career. He placed 2nd behind Soup and Sandwich in a $40,000 event, and then placed 2nd in his sophomore race on February 25.
Twice too Many placed behind Joshy Jak by a neck in that $40,000 assignment. He was coming off an impressive workout of 1:00.85 seconds at 5 furlongs. This appears like a winnable race for Twice too Many. If he is interested in running in the third race of his career, a win is more than doable.
Post Time: 4:16 p.m. EST
Some turf racing on the grass at Gulfstream Park in Race 7. Eight horses are scheduled to run in this one. Awsum Roar and Sethamee Street look like good horses to start with in this race. Awsum Roar is 10 for 30 and in consistent form recently. She’s gone 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd in her previous four outings.
Awsum Roar most recently won on December 3 in a $28,000 event on December 3. Since that victory, Awsum Roar has come close, placing in three straight performances. In her last outing, she placed 2nd behind Gotta Go Mo by 1 ½ lengths in a $48,000 race on February 21. A similar performance is going to put Awsum Roar close again.
Sethamee Street is 6 for 13 in her career, finishing top-3 in six of his previous eight showings. In her last three outings, Sethamee Street went 1st, 1st, 3rd at Tampa Bay Downs. She won on December 19 over Bucky’s Drama by 1 ½ lengths, and then followed up on January 15 to beat Miss Deplorable by 2 ½ lengths in a $26,500 performance.
After those relatively easy wins, Sethamee Street took a stakes race on February 24 in the running of the $100,000 Lightning City Stakes. It was a pretty good effort, with Sethamee Street getting into the money to show 3rd. Back down in class to a $34,000 event, expect Sethamee Stakes to handle this field.