Gulfstream Park Picks – Friday, February 19, 2021

| February 18, 2021 2:12 pm PDT

Gulfstream Park’s ten-race schedule for Friday is mostly maiden and bread-and-butter claiming races.

Spectators are not currently permitted at Gulfstream Park, but since two of the three races I chose to review for Friday are on turf, here’s the weather forecast: Partly cloudy, warm, and windy.

I review the top three races here, but you can find Gulfstream Park’s full ten-race card for Friday — including entries, jockeys, morning line odds, and wagering options — at one of our top online racebooks.

Read on for my Gulfstream Park picks and betting tips for Friday, February 19, 2021.

Pick for Gulfstream Park Race 3

This is a maiden claiming race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of 1-1/16 miles on turf for a purse of $32,000.

I like the second-favored (3/1) entry for the win — Gunman, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. This four-year-old gelding had money finishes in four of his six career starts and has chalked up better speed figures than the morning line favorite.

As far as value show bets are concerned, I don’t see any long-odds entries in this race that are likely to find money at the finish line, so let’s save ours.

  •  Win: Gunman 3/1

Pick for Gulfstream Park Race 6

This is a maiden special weight race for fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $47,000.

My money’s on the third-favored (7/2) entry in this race — My Ashleigh, with Tyler Gaffalione in the irons. This four-year-old filly moneyed three of her four career starts.

The longest morning line odds in this race are 12/1, and I don’t see that horse having a happy ending at the finish line.

  •  Win: My Ashleigh 7/2 

Pick for Gulfstream Park Race 9

This is an allowance optional claiming for Florida-bred fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of five furlongs on turf for a purse of $44,000.

I’m backing the 7/5 morning line favorites for this race — Daddy’s Joy, with Edgard Zayas aboard. This four-year-old filly moneyed two of her four career starts, winning one, and her speed numbers stand up well against the rest of this field.

There are a couple of longshots in this race, but I don’t see any of them doing more than chase the other horses across the finish line, so no value show bet recommendation here.

  •  Win: Daddy’s Joy 7/5 

My Friday Predictions for Other Tracks

Be sure to check out my picks and predictions for the other two tracks I assessed for Friday:

J.W. Paine
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