Gulfstream Park Picks – Friday, February 26, 2021

| February 25, 2021 1:21 pm PDT

Gulfstream Park features a full gamut of maiden, starter, allowance, and claiming races on its ten-match schedule for Friday.

I review the three richest thoroughbred races here but remember that you can find Gulfstream’s entire ten-race card at one of our best horse racing betting sites.

Read on for my Gulfstream Park picks and betting tips for Friday, February 26, 2021.

Pick for Gulfstream Park Race 1

This is a maiden special weight race for three-year-old fillies running a distance of 5-1/2 furlongs for a purse of $40,000.

I like the third-favored (4/1) entry in this maiden race — Freak, ridden by Edgard Zayas. This filly moneyed two of her four career starts, three of which were Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Black Type stakes races.

And as far as value show bets go, I don’t see any long-odds entries in this run that would warrant the risk of a show bet, so save your long money for later.

  •  Win: Freak 4/1

Pick for Gulfstream Park Race 3

This is a maiden special weight race for three-year-olds running a distance of five furlongs on turf for a purse of $50,000.

My money is on the second-favored (3/1) entry in this race — Chasing Artie, with John R. Velazquez in the irons. This gelding is one of the few in this field with a starting record — and his is identical to that of the favorite: One money finish in two career starts.

So what’s the diff, you ask? Chasing Artie had superior speed figures in the two races he’s started, and his recent workouts also compare well to those of the favorite.

Neither of the two long-odds entries in this maiden race looks likely to finish the race in time for payday, so no value show ticket recommendation.

  •  Win: Chasing Artie 3/1

Pick for Gulfstream Park Race 4

This is an allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds running a distance of 1-1/8 miles for a purse of $47,000.

I’m calling this race for the 8/1 sleeper — Top Gun Tommy, with Pasco Lopez aboard. This colt finished in the money two of his three career starts — both wins. He also finished with better speed numbers than the favorite.

This isn’t going to be a cakewalk for Top Gun Tommy, though. The 7/5 morning line favorite, Known Agenda, with Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard, counts a third-place finish in the Remsen Stakes (Grade II) among his career starts.

There’s only one long-odds entry (15/1) in this race, and I don’t see that horse finishing anywhere near the money.

  •  Win: Top Gun Tommy 8/1

My Friday Predictions for Other Tracks

Be sure to check out the other two tracks I reviewed for Friday for more profit opportunities:

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