Although there’s a chance of thunderstorms in the Hallandale Beach area, we’re handicapping and making picks for a couple of turf events at Gulfstream Park. The first is a high-level maiden special weight race. The second is a $20,000 claiming event. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Gulfstream Park for Thursday, May 28. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Thursday, May 28 at 12:45 pm ET
- Where: Hallandale Beach, FL
- Weather: Chance Thunderstorms
- Temperature: High 85 – Low 77
Gulfstream Park Picks for Thursday, May 28
Race 5 – 2:46 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Turf – $41,000 Maiden Special Weight
Uncle Mo sired Mo of the West ran well enough in her debut to go off less than 2 to 1 to win her second race. That event washed off the sod, which is why she probably finished fourth. Now back on the turf, she’s got a great shot to take the fifth at Gulfstream on Thursday. Trainer Christophe Clement wins 22% going turf to dirt and 19% with his turf starters.
Starship Nugget goes first time on turf for trainer Steve Dwoskin. That’s a 14% winning move. Dwoskin also wins 14% going turf to dirt. Not only that, but Nugget has some decent turf breeding sired by Khozan and from a Pulpit mare. The 10/1 morning line long shot has a racing style that should serve well over the lawn.
Now with trainer Mark Casse, second time starter Art of Law could surprise. She finished eighth by 13 lengths in her first lifetime start. That was at Churchill back in September. But she gets Lasix for her first for Casse. Also, Mark wins 17% with equines racing off a layoff of 90+ days. Art of Law is bred to love the grass. At 15/1, she can fill out a massive trifecta.
- Win: Mo of the West
- Place: Starship Nugget
- Show: Art of Law
Race 7 – 3:49 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf –$20,000 Claiming
Front-runner Blazing Desire has a real shot of breaking from post-position 1 and taking this field gate-to-wire. The Munnings sired 3-year-old gelding goes from Mike Maker’s barn to Amador Sanchez’s. Amador wins 14% first after the claim and 33% with his claim repeaters. Blazing Desire has a 3-1-1 record from 8 races over Gulfstream’s turf.
If Prince Khozan runs back to the race on April 16, forget it. The 12/1 on the morning line second choice should beat these. Khozan takes a drop in class, goes turf to dirt, and has enough speed to stick with Blazing Desire. Consider an exacta box with the two front-runners.
Trainer Armando De La Cerda puts the saddle on Gran Hombre. Blazing Desire beat this one by a head the last time Hombre went a mile on the turf. The gelding is yet another with a shot in this.
- Win: Blazing Desire
- Place: Prince Khozan
- Show: Gran Hombre
Race 8 – 4:21 pm ET – 6 ½ Furlongs Dirt – $25,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
This race sets up for 9-time winning Flashing Diamond. The Steve Klesaris trained 5-year-old mare finished fourth in the $50,000 Lady Bird Stakes in February. In March, she finished third in an allowance behind race favorite Midtown Rose. That was at 6 furlongs, though. Diamond may be more effective at 6 ½ than Midtown Rose is. Also, she breaks outside of that rival.
Jockey Irad Ortiz aboard Midtown Rose will take these as far as he can. The Gary D sired 4-year-old filly appears to want slightly shorter than 6 ½, though. Flashing Diamond has the edge over the chalk because she breaks to the outside of that rival. But if Irad gets an easy lead, forget it.
4-year-old Super Saver sired filly Bargainaire finished second in a $32,000 starter allowance in her last. She should get a nice trip right behind the front runners. She could bounce off the last effort and has never won at the distance, though. That’s why we make her third.
- Win: Flashing Diamond
- Place: Midtown Rose
- Show: Bargainaire