Gulfstream’s Friday card is chockful of interesting claiming races. We study and make free horse racing picks for three of those, including the feature, the ninth, a $25,000 allowance optional claiming event going 1 mile on the dirt. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Gulfstream Park for Friday, July 3. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, July 3 at 12:00 pm ET
- Where: Hallandale Beach, FL
- Weather: Mostly Sunny
Gulfstream Park Picks for Friday, July 3
Race 6 – 2:28 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $16,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Jockey Emisail Jaramillo and trainer Gustavo Delgado pair up with 4/1 on the morning line Bahamian Prince. The 3-year-old gelded son of Bahamian Squall goes second time for Delgado, and heads back to the turf after racing in a $40,000 claiming event over the dirt on June 17. Delgado and Jaramillo have won 18% together at the meet. In the last 365 days, the pair have scored at 35% when they get together.
It’s difficult to understand why French Quarter offers an 8/1 morning line. The Shakespeare sired 9-year-old gelding has 4 wins from its last 6 races. Fausto Guitierrez is a decent trainer. Fausto’s lone first time claimer won. So, consider French Quarter for the victory if you’re not sold on Bahamian Prince.
Ronald Spatz trained Assertiko takes a big drop in class. Another Bahamian Squall sired gelding, Assertiko ran decently in the last on the grass. Gets a weight break because Joseph Trejos steps aboard and Assertiko has won its last two. Consider for all the slots on your exotic tix.
- Win: Bahamian Prince
- Place: French Quarter
- Show: Assertiko
Race 8 – 3:30 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf – $12,500 Claiming
Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. reclaimed Keepsakekitten after the Kitten’s Joy 3-year-old colt finished fifth by 8 ½ lengths in his last. Saffie drops from $20,000 claiming to this $12,500 claimer. Joseph Jr. wins at 54% when he drops off the claim. The last time Keepsakekitten was with Saffie, he won 3-of-4 and finished second in the other race.
Verdict Is In could add some value to the bottom of the exacta. Trainer Bobby Dibona wins 33% with horses racing second time from his barn. Dibona is winning at 20% at the meet and this one has a 2-3-1 record from 9 races over the sod.
Trainer Amador Sanchez is 1-of-4 when he drops off the claim. Amador drops 2/1 morning line chalk Blazing Desire to this level from $20,000 after claiming the gelding off Mike Maker in its last. Blazing Desire could take these gate-to-wire. So, consider for the win slot if the odds drift above the morning line.
- Win: Keepsakekitten
- Place: Verdict Is In
- Show: Blazing Desire
Race 9 – 4:00 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $25,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
At a 15/1 morning line, we can’t look past Kenny McPeek trained Miss Flying Sun. The last-out maiden winner could bomb against this field. McPeek wins 16% with maidens facing winners for the first time. Also, the way Miss Flying Sun dominated her competition in her first race on dirt implies she figured some things out. We’ll take a shot.
Trainer Joseph Taylor is 0-for-13 with 2 seconds and 2 thirds. Taylor could score his first victory of the Gulfstream Park Meet on Friday with 6-year-old mare Lil Miss Hotshot. The Jump Start sired runner has 5 seconds from her last 6 races. She did win the lone race where she didn’t finish second. If the odds are right, consider for the top spot.
Jockey Edgard Zayas will push Sammie Sunshine’s gas pedal from the outset and hope the First Samurai sired 5-year-old mare can take these gate-to-wire. Although that’s not likely, Zayas is a good enough jockey to ensure Sammie keeps the show money.
- Win: Miss Flying Sun
- Place: Lil Miss Hotshot
- Show: Sammie Sunshine