Rain showers should hit Hallandale Beach on Friday. No worries. Gulfstream has scheduled plenty of dirt races, including a $62,500 allowance optional claimer for the ninth. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Gulfstream Park for Friday, April 17. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, April 17 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Hallandale Beach, FL
- Weather: Chance Rain Showers
- Temperature: High 85 – Low 76
Gulfstream Park Picks for Friday, April 17
Race 3 – 2:07 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $6,250 Claiming
Price horses can pop at $6,250 claiming races at Gulfstream Park. That’s why we’ll have no regrets if 10/1 morning line choice Sensational Ride doesn’t finish in the Top 3 on Friday. The Dunkirk sired 7-year-old gelding gets a nice setup running in a race with limited speed. Trainer Oscar Gonzalez claimed at $8,000 and drops. Oscar is 1-of-2 with the move.
Another 7-year-old gelding, Big Boy Bruno, deserves exacta consideration. Bruno has a massive 10-6-12 record from 40 races. The gelding has a 7-6-9 record from 38 races at Gulfstream Park and a 2-2-6 record from 16 races at the distance. Jockey Victor Lebron should keep Bruno closer than usual since the pro breaks from post-position 1. Blinkers go back on. That’s a 15% winning move for Peter Walder.
Millionaire Runner is 8/5 on the morning line. Those odds suggest that Runner takes off and wins by open lengths. That could happen. But at this level, closers can run into all sorts of trouble. Also, the chalk has 2 wins from 44 races. Not a great sign.
- Win: Sensational Ride
- Place: Big Boy Bruno
- Show: Millionaire Runner
Race 6 – 3:43 pm ET – 7 Furlongs Dirt – $62,500 Allowance Optional Claiming
Sniper Shot will be odds-on. The Todd Pletcher trainee is 6/5 on the morning line Horse Racing Odds. That means 3/5, heck, 2/5 is a real possibility. But in races like the sixth at Gulf, it makes sense to find value in the exotics. Don’t try to beat a favorite that’s so obvious. Sometimes, it makes sense to just swallow the low odds, don’t make a win bet, and try to pad the exacta and trifecta.
We’ll pad the exacta with 20/1 on the morning line Glory Florida. Trainer Antonio Sano hasn’t had an awesome meet. He’s got 14 winners from 197 runners. Florida, though, could race well on Friday. The Dialed In sired colt had a nice third place finish in it’s last, a $50K claimer. That sets this one up well for the run on April 17.
Tiz Mischief hasn’t raced since last May. The work tab isn’t bad, though. Plus, this one breaks from the rail and produced its absolute best speed rating at this distance. The 12/1 morning line will add some value to the tri.
- Win: Sniper Shot
- Place: Dialed In
- Show: Tiz Mischief
Race 9 – 5:17 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $62,500 Allowance Optional Claiming
Saffie Joseph Jr. puts the saddle on Yodel E.A. Who, a 7/2 morning line choice sired by Creative Cause. Joseph wins 24% with horses racing off 46 to 90 days from the bench. Saffie wins 34% with beaten favorites in their next race and 26% with his sprinters. The top choice has a sweet 5-4-2 record from 16 starts.
Fortin Hill offers no value, but the 9/5 morning line choice should finish no worse than second. Trainer Chad Brown wins 30% with horses coming off a 90+ days layoff and ponies that he ships. This one broke it’s maiden and won it’s second race at Belmont. That was last June. Still, Fortin Hill has all the makings of a stakes runner for Brown.
21% winning trainer Marcial Navarro puts the saddle on Vinnie Van Go. The speedy 4-year-old gelded sone of J P’s Gusto has an awesome 6-4-2 record from 19 starts. But Van Go hasn’t raced since February and this field is much tougher than what Vinnie is used to.
- Win: Yodel E.A. Who
- Place: Fortin Hill
- Show: Vinnie Van Go