Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet ended this past Sunday on March 29. Horse racing fans have nothing to worry about because the top track in Florida is back at it on Thursday, April 2. Opening day for Gulfstream’s spring / summer meet showcases lawn loving equines. The feature is Race 8, a 5 furlong turf sprint allowance. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Gulfstream Park for Thursday, April 2. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Thursday, April 2 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Hallandale Beach, FL
- Weather: Mostly Sunny
Gulfstream Park Picks for Thursday, April 2
Race 3 – 2:00 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $10,000 Claiming
Talkthetalk takes a massive drop in class for very good Florida trainer Jane Cibelli. The 4-year-old Revolutionary sired filly drops from a 1-mile $25K claimer on the turf to this 6-furlong $10K dirt race. That’s a gigantic drop. Talkthetalk has speed. Expect jockey Luca Panici to put her on the lead from post-position 1.
Jose Garoffalo trained Papa’s Little Girl might go off the chalk. She could get the right pace set-up. But, Papa’s Little Girl tends to hang. So, even if the pace is swift, she won’t pick up the feet enough for the win. Check out her 1-4-6 record from 18 starts for evidence.
Quiet All Around showed good early speed in a 5 furlong sprint in her last. She breaks from the outside, which means jockey Victor LeBron can see what unfolds in front of him. If Victor chooses the right tactics, this Temple City runner should get a piece.
- Win: Talkthetalk
- Place: Papa’s Little Girl
- Show: Quiet All Around
Race 6 – 3:34 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf – $40,000 Claiming
Let’s cross our fingers that Hartling keeps her 7/2 morning line Horse Racing Odds . The 3-year-old filly takes a big step up in class. That’s the reason why she’s 7/2. Hopefully, that’s the reason she stays at 7/2. Why would her odds drop? Luis Saez takes the call, she has the best last race speed figure, and trainer Michael Pino has won 26% this year.
Days of Spring finished second with a decent number in her last race. She loses Saez to Hartling, but she doesn’t need the lead to win. If she doesn’t have to go 5-wide around the turn on Thursday, like she did in her last, she might catch Hartling.
There’s a ton of speed signed on, which is why Just a Bit Sassy is worth using up and down in exotics. The Mark Casse runner offers a 12/1 morning line and is one of the few closers in this race. If Hartling, Glorious Gal, Dienda, and La Rusia duel each other into submission, Days of Spring and Just a Bit Sassy could duke it out in the stretch for win honors. We pick her third but take a long look for the victory.
- Win: Hartling
- Place: Days of Spring
- Show: Just a Bit Sassy
Race 8 – 4:36 pm ET – 5 Furlongs Turf – $46,000 Allowance
Trainer Eddie Kenneally has a reputation for saddling top-notch turf runners. He might have one in the eighth with Dixieincandyland. The Candy Ride sired 4-year-old filly has a win, 2 seconds, and a third from 6 starts. She finished second in a 5-furlong turf sprint at Gulfstream on March 6. That was her first race after having not run since last August. She should improve in this. Jockey Joel Rosario completes the package.
Luis Saez takes the call aboard Awsum Roar. Now a 6-year-old mare, the Elizabeth Dobles trainee loves to win races. Roar has a fantastic 9-2-5 record from 21 starts. She’s banked over $216K. Expect Saez and Awsum Roar to make life tough for the top choice. So, consider on top in your exotics.
10/1 on the morning line Horse Racing Odds Bentley’s Dream gave up in her last race. But that appears to be her style. She always runs lousy after providing a good performance. We’ll give her another chance to at least get into the trifecta on Thursday.
- Win: Dixieincandyland
- Place: Awsum Roar
- Show: Bentley’s Dream