Gulfstream Park continues its spring meet on Thursday with a nice 11-race card. There’s a chance of thunderstorms. Let’s look at 3 of the better dirt races on the card. Just in case they take off the turf, we want to make sure our picks run. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Gulfstream Park for Thursday, April 16. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Thursday, April 16 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Hallandale Beach, FL
- Weather: Chance Thunderstorms
- Temperature: High 85 – Low 77
Gulfstream Park Picks for Thursday, April 16
Race 7 – 4:15 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $25,000 Claiming
At Gulfstream they run 1 mile races over the dirt around a single turn. That’s why the Todd Pletcher trained Awesome Party deserves a look to win Race 7 on Thursday. Awesome Party failed big time in a stakes race at Laurel in its last. The maiden win is good enough for the victory here while Pletcher wins 23% with his first-time claimers. Party carries 113 pounds for this, implying jockey Christian Torres presses the pace, if not go for the lead, from the outset.
Like Awesome Party, Neverstopdreaming didn’t race well at all in its last. The New Year’s Day runner goes from Juan Rodriguez to Armando de La Cerda, a positive switch, and is newly gelded. Those two changes could be enough to get this one into the exacta.
3/1 on the morning line Horse Racing Odds January Won last raced in a Grade 1. What’s with the drop to $25K claimers? If this were an optional claimer, okay. But going from a Grade 1 to straight claimers doesn’t make sense. Must pass for win honors.
- Win: Awesome Party
- Place: Neverstopdreaming
- Show: January Won
Race 9 – 5:17 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $16,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
All the speed signed on for this should set it up for Charlie the Greek. The last out race winner keeps Paco Lopez, sticks to a sprint, and can close into what should be a ridiculous pace. Charlie loves Gulfstream and that increases its Horse Racing Odds. The 6-year-old gelding has a 9-12-7 record from 42 races.
Trainer Georgina Baxter enters R Mercedes Boy into this after racing the Overdriven gelding in a $125K state-bred stakes at Tampa. Georgina doesn’t run R Mercedes Boy for a tag. That’s a huge positive. The works are awesome, and this runner has a win, a second, and a third-place finish from 5 events at Gulfstream.
Which speed horse hangs on for third? How about Cajun Breeze? Trainer Michael Yates wins 22% with his last out maiden score runners, Cajun gets the rail, and the work on April 7 says the 3-year-old gelding is ready to roll.
- Win: Charlie the Greek
- Place: R Mercedes Boy
- Show: Cajun Breeze
Race 11 – 6:17 pm ET – 5 ½ Furlongs Dirt – $6,250 Claiming
Jorge Delgado trained Very Amusing is in excellent form. Since going to Delgado’s barn, the 5-year-old gelding has a win, 2 seconds, a third, and a fourth. The last race was the win. Paco Lopez took the lead and motored away to a 6 ¼ length victory going 6 furlongs over the dirt. Edgard Zayas takes the call for the race on Thursday. That shouldn’t matter. This one still has a great shot of lying behind the speed and then taking over around the turn.
Paco decided to bail from Very Amusing to pilot morning line chalk French Quarter. Like Very Amusing a last out race winner, French Quarter hails from the Saffie Joseph Jr. barn. The big question is if French Quarter is in such good form, which the gelding is, why run in a $6,250 claiming race? Why not run in an optional claiming? The strange move from Saffie makes the chalk a good pick for second.
Elusive Ro finished fourth in it’s first race since January. This one has enough speed to stick with Silent Tiger and Pechanga Party. It’s hard seeing this one holding off both Very Amusing and French Quarter, but third-place is a possibility.
- Win: Very Amusing
- Place: French Quarter
- Show: Elusive Ro