Gulfstream Park Picks – Friday, January 15, 2021
Gulfstream Park has everything on the schedule as far as regular thoroughbred racing goes — maiden, starter, allowance, and claiming matches fill Friday’s ten-race card.
So let’s get right to it — read on for my Gulfstream Park picks and betting tips for Friday, January 15, 2021.
Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 3
This is an allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of 1-1/16 miles on turf for a purse of $48,000.
If this race stays on the turf, I’m backing the 8/5 morning line favorite — Bacchanalia, with Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons. This five-year-old mare finished in the money four of her six career starts, winning two of them.
On the other hand, if 5/2 also-eligible/MTO entry Nomizar, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, enters the race, then change your win bet to Nomizar. This five-year-old mare moneyed 11 of her 21 career starts, winning six.
As far as long-odds value show wagers are concerned, the longest odds in this race are 8/1, and I don’t see that horse doing better than following the other horses across the finish line.
- Win: Nomizar 5/2 (if starts)
- Win: Bacchanalia 8/5 (otherwise)
Pick for Gulfstream Park Race 6
This is a maiden special weight race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of one mile for a purse of $47,000.
I’m going to stick with the 9/5 morning line favorite — Nocturnal, with Luis Saez aboard. This four-year-old colt moneyed his single career start with a second-place finish in March 2020 here at Gulfstream Park.
There are several longer-odds entries here, including two 20/1 longshots, but I’m sorry to say that none of them is worth risking a show bet.
- Win: Nocturnal 9/5
Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 10
This is a maiden special weight race for fillies and mares four years old and upward, running a distance of 1-1/16 miles on turf for a purse of $47,000.
I’m going with the second-favored (4/1) entry here — Take Charge Ro, with Paco Lopez in the irons. This four-year-old filly finished in the money three of her four career starts, and she has shown good performance at longer distances in recent workouts.
I also like the 20/1 longshot Tizemotionalgold, ridden by Junior Alvarado, for a value show wager. This four-year-old filly moneyed two of her four career starts.
- Win: Take Charge Ro 4/1
- Show: Tizemotionalgold 20/1
My Friday Predictions for Other Tracks
Gulfstream Park had both underdog prospects and long-odds moneymakers for us, and I found more of those at the other two tracks I reviewed for Friday: