Today is the first NFL Sunday of the year, but if you’re not a football fan, there are more than enough ways to get your action down besides the NFL. Horse racing never stops, not for the coronavirus or NFL football. It’s going to go down as the only sport to go ahead with events through the pandemic. Sure there were days with only Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs racing early during weekdays, but I can’t recall a day without racing on the calendar this year. I’ve had horse picks pretty well everyday since March, so I would know that much.
BetOnline is offering a handful of tracks on Sunday, including Will Rogers Downs which returns for a fall meet in Oklahoma. Gulfstream Park and Kentucky Downs are the biggest racecourses with holding events on Sunday. We’re in Hallandale Beach at Gulfstream Park to handicap a ten-race card. There are ten races on the card worth a total of $269,500 on Sunday afternoon. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for September 13, 2020.
Post Time: 12:29 p.m. EST
We will get going at Gulfstream Park in Race 2 with 6 furlongs of racing on the dirt. Shall Return and Takecharge Mirella should have a case at the top prize in this one. Expect both to have a chance in the stretch. Takecharge Mirella is 4 for 15 in her career with finishes of 7th, 6th, 1st, 4th in her previous four trips out. She won a $19,000 event by 1 ¾ lengths over Shall Return as an underdog.
Shall Return had the lead in that one and just weakened late. However, Shall Return is capable of more than that. Despite the win, Takecharge Mirella has finished 6th, 7th, 4th, 7th, 6th, 4th in her previous six races. In her most recent entry, Takecharge Mirella was well behind the lead pace and settled for 4th. Prior to her win, she finished 6th for dead last in a $47,000 event. That was far too tough, but a $19,000 race should be in her wheelhouse. Look for Takecharge Mirella to take this race close.
Shall Return, who I regard as a better horse, is looking for revenge after stumbling in the stretch to give Takecharge Mirella the win in their most recent meeting. Overall, Shall Return has gone 4 for 21 in her career, with finishes of 3rd, 1st, 2nd in her last three entries. In her win in July, Shall Return beat Baby Ice by 3 lengths for a $19,000 purse in a textbook victory. Expect Shall Return to get a small measure of revenge over Takecharge Mirella in Race 2.
Post Time: 2:34 p.m. EST
Race 6 brings us 6 furlongs for a $28,000 purse on the dirt at Gulfstream Park. We’re looking at a six-horse field barring any participants getting scratched. Strong Ending and R U Lucky are expected to run strong races.
They should both be able to get into the money in this event. Strong Ending is 2 for 12 in his career and coming off a win on August 27. He notched the win by 4 ½ lengths over Three Deep in a $22,000 event.
This was after a stretch of going 2nd, 6th, 6th from June to late July. In the two races that Strong Ending was out of the frame in, he was racing in $36,000 and $27,000 events, so the drop in class helped get Strong Ending back into the picture.
R U Lucky might have to stumble for Strong Ending to have a chance in this one, though. R U Lucky has been running at a nice clip, with 5 wins in 10 races for a 50% winning percentage. He’s coming off a less than ideal performance on August 16, though.
R U Lucky finished 7th, though that was for a $54,500 purse. He’s run much better in the lower classes like he’s going to see on Sunday afternoon. His connections can’t be too happy about him faltering above the $50,000 mark, but he’s back down in a winnable class on Sunday afternoon at Gulfstream.
Post Time: 3:06 p.m. EST
Our final selection at Gulfstream Park is the feature race of the day. Race 7 carries a purse of $50,000 for 5 furlongs of racing on the dirt. Doo Wop Don and Carson City Kid should demand some attention in Race 7.
Doo Wop Don looked good in his debut to show 3rd in a $55,000 event. Poppy’s Pride was the clear favorite by post time and took care of the field. Doo Wop Don ran a nice race, but weakened late at 5 furlongs.
Doo Wop Don is down slightly in class for Sunday and should be in the mix. Carson City Kid is a $140,000 horse, purchased at auction in November of 2018. He made his debut on May 8 and made a strong effort as a rookie.
Carson City Kid lost by 1 ¼ lengths against Just Right Mike to place 2nd. It was a big effort for Carson City Kid in a $65,000 race as a rookie. He unfortunately didn’t follow up in the same form and weakened in the stretch on June 5.
Both of the first two races in his career were tougher than what he’s going to experience on Sunday. If Carson City Kid shows up to the gate wanting to run on Sunday, then he should be able to edge out this competition.