Two interesting turf events close out Gulfstream Park’s Friday card. Race 10 is a 5 furlong $16,000 optional claimer over the sod. Race 11 is a 1-mile $18,000 claiming event over the lawn. We analyze and make picks for those two races as well as the seventh, a 1 mile dirt event for a $12,500 tag. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Gulfstream Park for Friday, May 1st. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, May 1 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Hallandale Beach, FL
- Weather: Mostly Sunny
- Temperature: High 84 – Low 71
Gulfstream Park Picks for Friday, May 1
Race 7 – 4:17 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt– $12,500 Claiming
Daniel Hurtak trained Shanghai Moon figures to get the perfect trip outside of front runners Chasing the Candy and Neverstopdreaming. The 3-year-old colt was terrible in its last, a 1-mile jaunt over the grass. Moon has performed well in its last couple of dirt races, though. It finished first going a mile in a $16,000 claimer on March 12. On Jan. 9, the colt lost by a neck in a 7 furlong race over the dirt.
Neverstopdreaming will show good speed from the outset. Armando De La Cerda puts the saddle on for the second time after racing this one at 5-furlongs over the grass. The New Year’s Day sired gelding’s lone win happened on dirt. If the other speed doesn’t challenge, gate-to-wire is a possibility.
The class of the field, Awesome Party might go off the favorite. Todd Pletcher drops the Curlin sired $700,000 purchase from $25,000 claiming to $12,500. Sometimes, horses don’t want to run. That could be the case with this one. It’s not often we see such a well-bred equine competing for such a small tag. If Awesome Party wants to run, he can win. If he doesn’t want to run, he could finish off the board.
- Win: Shanghai Moon
- Place: Neverstopdreaming
- Show: Awesome Party
Race 10 – 5:49 pm ET – 5 Furlongs Turf – $16,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
The 10/1 morning line odds on Twice As Magical shouldn’t hold. The 5-year-old mare has speed. Magical faded to finish fourth in a $46,000 allowance at 5 furlongs in her last. Jockey Angel Rodriguez can take the lead from the outset or press.
Trainer Fernando Abreu wins 10% with his first out maiden winners. That stat gives us no confidence. However, Royal Jewel won her maiden race by 5 lengths in her last. She won so easily that we must include in the exacta. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. takes the call. That’s another positive.
Prospective Diva has finished third in her last two races. The 10/1 morning line runner picks up Edgar Zayas to ride. Zayas won’t try new tactics. If the pace is fast, Diva could get into the exacta. More than likely, she plops up for the show money.
- Win: Twice As Magical
- Place: Royal Jewel
- Show: Prospective Diva
Race 11 – 6:19 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf – $18,000 Claiming
In Friday’s eleventh, trainer Mark Casse tries something new with Reiterate. The Preakness winning trainer puts blinkers own and stretches out the 3-year-old daughter of Competitive Edge. If jockey Irad Oritz can get this one to the front out of the gate, no other horse may challenge. The slight drop in class from $30,000 to $20,000 helps the cause.
Miss My Macho is in good form. The Katherine Ritvo trainee finished seventh in a race on March 13. But Macho broke her maiden on Feb. 12 and finished second under the same conditions as this race on April 10.
8/1 on the morning line Gea should come on strong. She cuts back in distance. That will help. Also, she broke her maiden going a mile over this turf course in February. She should improve off her last.
- Win: Reiterate
- Place: Miss My Macho
- Show: Gea