The card at Gulfstream Park on Thursday, April 30 is deep with dirt and turf races. The main event is a $50,000 allowance optional claimer going 1 mile over the dirt. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Gulfstream Park for Thursday, April 30. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Thursday, April 30 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Hallandale Beach, FL
- Weather: Mostly Sunny
- Temperature: High 84 – Low 73
Gulfstream Park Picks for Thursday, April 30
Race 7 – 4:17 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf – $40,000 Claiming
Tyler Gaffalione should get the perfect trip aboard Augusta Moon. The 4-year-old filly finished second behind Music of Life in her last. She finished well ahead of chalk Bean Counter. Because Bean Counter breaks inside of Moon, we’ll give the nod to her instead of the favorite.
That doesn’t mean Bean Counter has no chance. The Todd Pletcher trainee has finished second in 2 straight. Luis Saez sticks and if nobody runs with her, Bean Counter could take this gate-to-wire. She always gets overplayed for the win, though, which is why we relegate to second.
I Am Magical has finished third in 2-of-3. She figures to finish third again. Why? She breaks from post-position 10 and unless jockey Luca Panici takes her back, there’s a real chance she goes wide around the first turn. That will kill her chances for the win.
- Win: August Moon
- Place: Bean Counter
- Show: I Am Magical
Race 10 – 5:49 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $50,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. has a big time contender in 7/2 on the morning line I’ll Take the Cake. The Nobiz Like Shobiz sired runner won the $50k Lady Bird Stakes in her last. She gets the services of Tyler Gaffalione. Tyler can either go for the lead or lie right off and hope for room for the swing out.
Bella Ciao has some speed. She didn’t use her speed in her last. But Irad Ortiz Jr. steps back aboard and that could be all Ciao needs to get to the winner’s circle. Make sure to consider for the top spot if the odds drift higher than the 4/1 morning line.
Trainer Darien Rodriguez steps Crown and Sugar up in class. The 5-year-old mare has 2 wins from 3 races at the distance, though. Not only that but Luis Saez has enough faith to ride. If the turf runner takes to dirt, she should finish in the top 3.
- Win: I’ll Take The Cake
- Place: Bell Ciao
- Show: Crown and Sugar
Race 11 – 6:19 pm ET – 1 1/6 Miles Turf – $12,500 Claiming
Antonio Sano claimed Preacher Marsee off Herbert Miller in the 4-year-old colt’s last. Sano wins 21% after the claim. Luis Saez stays with this one, which showed great early speed before fading and finishing fourth behind contenders Bodie Cody and Spinning Kitten. Saez may get frugal with the gas pedal on Thursday.
3/1 morning line chalk Proquestor has the look of a major player. The Eduardo Caramori runner drops in class and has posted the top speed ratings of this bunch. The problem? The Skipshot sired runner appears to prefer longer.
Bodie Cody figures to take the lead as soon as they break from the gate. Cody has failed to keep it going, finishing third in its last 3. There’s no reason to believe the 4-year-old finds another gear in the stretch. A fade to third seems more than probable.
- Win: Preacher Marsee
- Place: Proquestor
- Show: Bodie Cody