Gulfstream Park has a fantastic card on Saturday, April 4. No stakes races, but it won’t matter. Every race provides plenty of overlay opportunities. We’ve chosen to handicap races 10 through 12. Keep reading for our picks! Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Gulfstream Park for Saturday, April 4. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Saturday, April 4 at 12:45 pm ET
- Where: Hallandale Beach, FL
- Weather: Mostly Sunny
- Temperature: High 79 – Low 71
Gulfstream Park Picks for Saturday, April 4
Race 10 – 5:20 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf – $100,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Can a horse that hasn’t run since November 2018 win first race back? If Todd Pletcher trains, we’re thinking, yes. Colonist hasn’t raced since running in stakes races at Santa Anita back in 2018. Pletcher gelded the sone of Pioneerof the Nile. He also put some nice works into this one. The real reason to like Colonist? Todd doesn’t run this one for a tag.
Bill Mott saddles a sneaky talented runner in the tenth at Gulfstream on Saturday. Penalty won by a head right off the bench when going this distance over this turf surface in February. Mott put a big work into this one on March 31, and his runners usually do better second off the layoff. We’re not letting the 12/1 morning line Horse Racing Odds scare us.
Mark Casse runner First Premio finished fourth in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile in his last race. The 6-year-old horse has 6 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds from 19 races. If Casse has Premio on his toes first off the bench, watch out.
- Win: Colonist
- Place: Penalty
- Show: First Premio
Race 11 – 5:52 pm ET – 7 Furlongs Dirt – $75,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Masterday turns back in distance, runs for 22% winning trainer Gilberto Zerpa, and offers 8/1 on the morning line Horse Racing Odds. Zerpa wins 47% with horses going route to sprint. He wins 36% with horses that run in sprint races. This one should be much closer to the pace after finishing up the track in the Fountain of Youth. Taking a stab.
Todd Pletcher has put some great works into I’ll Fight Dempsey for the first try versus winners. The Into Mischief 3-year-old faces other speed, though. Also, the odds will take a precipitous drop from the morning line. Can I’ll Fight Dempsey go gate-to-wire? Sure, he can. But he’s not worth a win bet because the odds should settle at around 4/5.
Sonneman has improved in every start. The Curlin sired runner finally broke the maiden in a mile race at Belmont in early October. Because this one is a closer, it makes sense to put into exotics but not to back to win.
- Win: Masterday
- Place: I’ll Fight Dempsey
- Show: Sonneman
Race 12 – 6:24 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf– $16,000 Claiming
Don’t expect Yako to hold her 8/1 morning line odds. She won her last race going 1 1/6 miles at this level over this lawn. Trainer Antonio Sano hasn’t had a great 2020, but Yako figures to get a nice trip from post-position 7 and the speed rating from the last is sweet.
Trilby has been a popular ticket in the claim box. Since last December, the 5-year-old mare has raced for 4 different trainers. On Saturday, she runs for her fifth. Ronald Spatz is 25% first after the claim while Trilby has a 4-3-1 record from 14 races over the Gulfstream grass.
Trainer Steve Klesaris puts the saddle on 8/1 morning line Sweet Story. The 7-year-old mare’s odds figure to drop from that 8/1 Horse Racing Odds because top rider Joel Rosario takes the call. Story almost won her last race, finishing third when losing by just a head. There’s enough speed for this one to get into the top 3.
- Win: Yako
- Place: Trilby
- Show: Sweet Story