Free Horse Racing Picks for Gulfstream Park on Thursday, April 16, 2020

By J.W. Paine in Horse Racing
| April 16, 2020 12:03 am PDT
Free Horse Racing Picks for Gulfstream Park on Thursday, April 16, 2020

Thoroughbred racing continues this week at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida, with an 11-race card of both turf and dirt competitions on Thursday, April 16, 2020. I take a look at the three richest races and hazard a few somewhat educated guesses as to the winners thereof. Hey, it’s what I do.

The weather forecast for Hallandale Beach, Florida, on April 16 is scattered thunderstorms, highs in the upper 80s, and an 80% chance of precipitation.

If you want get involved, you can check out the full card of races and place your wagers at these recommended horse racing betting sites.

Today’s Gulfstream Park picks are included on this post, while I’ve written additional posts with horse racing betting tips for some of the other racing going on around the country.

Post time for the first race at Gulfstream Park April 16, 2020, is 1 PM (EDT).


  • Post Time: 1:34 PM (EDT)
  • Purse: $65,000
  • Distance: 4 1/2 furlongs (dirt)
  • Conditions: For Maidens, Fillies Two Years Old. Weight, 118 Lbs. Two Year Olds must reach date of birth by race date

Race 2 Runners and Odds Forecast

  • Awesome View, E J Zayas, 7/2
  • Lime, T Gaffalione, 7/5
  • Kitten’s Dream, M Fuentes, 20/1
  • Sophisticurl, F Olsson, 10/1
  • Yafa, L Panici, 8/1
  • Sister Aurora, A Burgos, 20/1
  • Pretzel, P Lopez, 6/1
  • Quinoa Tifah, E Jaramillo, 9/2

Race 2 Prediction and Pick

Both Lime and Awesome View have the advantage of inner post positions, and both newbies are being ridden by world-class jockeys. I’m going with Awesome View here because Edgard Zayas has an ever-so-slight edge on Tyler Gaffalione in terms of win percentage.

  • Awesome View


  • Post Time: 5:17 PM
  • Purse: $41,000
  • Distance: 6 furlongs (dirt)
  • Conditions: For State Bred Three Year Olds and Upward Which Have Never Won a Race Other Than Maiden, Claiming or Starter or Which Have Never Won Two Races or Claiming Price $16,000

Race 9 Runners and Odds Forecast

  • Cajun Brother, M A Vasquez, 8/1
  • Fast Loaded, T Gaffalione, 10/1
  • He Iz Gone, V Lebron, 10/1
  • Silverly Enough, C A Torres, 6/1
  • Charlie the Greek, P Lopez, 5/1
  • R Mercedes Boy, E Jaramillo, 4/1
  • Unpublished, M Fuentes, 12/1
  • Absolute Grit, E J Zayas, 15/1
  • Just Kidding, L Saez, 7/2
  • Quick Step Ed, M Meneses, 12/1
  • Game Boy Benny, A A Rodriguez, 15/1

Race 9 Prediction and Pick

Just Kidding with Luis Saez aboard is the favorite in this race, and that suits me just fine.

  • Just Kidding


  • Post Time: 5:47 PM
  • Purse: $46,000
  • Distance: 5 furlongs (turf, rail at 108 Feet)
  • Conditions: For Three Year Olds and Upward Which Have Never Won $10,000 Once Other Than Maiden, Claiming, Starter or State Bred Allowance or Which Have Never Won Two Races or Claiming Price $25,000. If deemed inadvisable to run this race over the turf course, it will be run on the main track at Five Furlongs

Race 10 Runners and Odds Forecast

  • Prince of Thieves, E Jaramillo, 20/1
  • Real Money, T Gaffalione, 10/1
  • Factorino, L Reyes, 15/1
  • Quarky, L Saez, 7/2
  • Cucina, E J Zayas, 6/1
  • Sarasota County, J Bravo, 10/1
  • Celebration, D Davis, 8/1
  • Captain Ron, M A Vasquez, 4/1
  • Long Blade, A A Rodriguez, 10/1
  • Macho Blue, P Lopez, 9/2
  • Ikeisgreat, L Panici, 20/1

Also Eligibles:

  • 5 Trev (MTO), I Wiseman, 1/1
  • 13 Lord Adare (MTO), T Gaffalione, 6/1
  • 14 Harryhee (MTO), L Panici, 20/1

Race 10 Prediction and Pick

Quite a bit of uncertainty with this race, and only some of it is attributable to the horses and jockeys. With rain expected, the turf course at Gulfstream could very likely be a swimming pool. They’ll move the rail out from the hedge with each successive turf race, but with this race in particular, that might not be enough.

In which case, they’ll move the race to the dirt track, and that will give the three also-eligible MTOs (Main Track Only) a chance to join the fun.

If this race ends up on the main track and Trev is in the running, then of course, bet Trev for even money. But if the race stays on the turf track, expect the rail movement out to the 108-foot position to broaden the turns a bit, increase the actual distance of the race a tad, and to penalize the outer post positions less.

On turf, I’m going with Captain Ron, ridden by Miguel Angel Vasquez.

  • Captain Ron



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