Gulfstream Park Picks – Saturday, January 23, 2021

| January 22, 2021 2:26 pm PST

Gulfstream Park brings us a dozen races for our Saturday wagering, and we’re in luck: Seven of those matches are graded stakes races, headlined by the two Pegasus World Cup Invitational stakes races.

Incidentally, the combined worth of the purses for these seven graded stakes races is nearly $5 million.

Remember that you can find Gulfstream’s entire 12-race card for Saturday — including horses, jockeys, trainers, M/L odds, and wagering options — at one of our best online racebooks.

Read on for my Gulfstream Park picks and betting tips for Saturday, January 23, 2021.

Pick for Gulfstream Park Race 4 — Fred W. Hooper Stakes

This is the Fred W. Hooper Stakes, a Grade III stakes race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of one mile for a purse of $125,000.

My money is on the 7/5 morning line favorite — Performer, with Joel Rosario in the irons. Even in an eight-horse field full of competitors that have honed their skills in graded stakes races, the five-year-old Performer is a stand-out: He finished in the money every one of his seven career starts, five of them wins.

There are three entries in the race at the long end of the odds (15/1), but I don’t hold out much hope for any of them for a money finish. 

  •  Win: Performer 7/5

Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 7 — Marshua’s River Stakes

This is the Marshua’s River Stakes, a Grade III stakes race for fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of one mile on turf for a purse of $125,000.

The leadership in this match may not be quite as clear-cut, but I still see the 7/2 morning line favorite — Vigilantes Way, with Julian Leparoux aboard — spending some quality time in the Winners Circle at the end of this race. This four-year-old filly moneyed seven of her eight career starts, winning four of them.

And at 20/1, I like Lovely La La, with Edgard Zayas aboard, for a value show ticket. This six-year-old mare moneyed nine of her 16 career starts, winning three.

  •  Win: Vigilantes Way 7/2
  •  Show: Lovely La La 20/1

Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 8 — La Prevoyante Stakes

This is the La Prevoyante Stakes, a Grade III stakes race for fillies and mares four-years-old and upward running a distance of 1-1/2 miles on turf for a purse of $125,000.

I’m going to call this race for the third-favored (9/2) entry — Heavenly Curlin, with Tyler Gaffalione in the irons. This four-year-old filly moneyed four of her five career starts, winning three of them — most recently the Grade III Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine last November.

At 20/1, I have to like Irony of Reality, ridden by Victor Lebron. This six-year-old mare finished in the money 14 of her 21 career starts, winning eight.

  •  Win: Heavenly Curlin 9/2
  •  Show: Irony of Reality 20/1

Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 9 — Inside Information Stakes

This is the Inside Information Stakes, a Grade II stakes race for fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of seven furlongs for a purse of $200,000.

My money is on the second-favored (7/2) entry — Thissmytime, ridden by Edgard Zayas. This four-year-old filly moneyed seven of her nine career starts, winning four, her most recent stakes win the Millions Filly And Mare Turf Preview Stakes (Black Type) at Gulfstream Park West in November. Her recent speed figures are excellent.

The longest odds in this eight-horse race are 12/1, and I believe that horse — Piedi Bianchi, with Tyler Gaffalione aboard — is a good value show wager. This six-year-old mare finished in the money 14 of her 21 career starts, winning six.

  •  Win: Thissmytime 7/2
  •  Show: Piedi Bianchi 12/1

Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 10 — W. L. McKnight Stakes

This is the W. L. McKnight Stakes, a Grade III stakes race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of 1-1/2 miles on turf for a purse of $150,000.

I’m buying a win ticket for the morning line’s 8/1 underdog — Temple, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. This five-year-old gelding finished in the money 15 of his 22 career starts, winning five of them.

And at 30/1 odds, I have to like Argentinian import Mirinaque, ridden by Edgard Zayas, for a value show ticket. This five-year-old moneyed nine of his 13 career starts. He most recently ran second in the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes (Grade II) at Keeneland in November.

  •  Win: Temple 8/1
  •  Show: Mirinaque 30/1

Gulfstream Race 11 Picks — Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes

This is the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes, a Grade I stakes race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of 1-3/16 miles on turf for a purse of $1,000,000.

My money is on the second-favored (9/2) entry in this race — Largent, ridden by Paco Lopez. This five-year-old gelding finished in the money for all nine of his career starts, winning six — the most recent of which was the Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (Grade II) at Gulfstream Park in December.

I like the 20/1 longshot Aquaphobia, with Joe Bravo in the irons, for a value show wager. This eight-year-old moneyed 22 of his 39 career starts, winning nine.

  •  Win: Largent 9/2
  •  Show: Aquaphobia15/1

Gulfstream Race 12 Picks — Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes

This is the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes, a Grade I stakes race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of 1-1/8 miles for a purse of $3,000,000.

I like one of the fourth-favored entries (there are two at 8/1) in this race — Sleepy Eyes Todd, with Jose L. Ortiz aboard. This five-year-old moneyed 10 of his 15 career starts, eight of them wins, his most recent the Grade III Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park in December.

There are several 20/1 longshots in this match, but the one I think most likely to result in a money finish is Independence hall, ridden by Flavien Prat. This four-year-old colt moneyed five of his seven career starts, winning four of them. Show ticket only.

  •  Win: Sleepy Eyes Todd 8/1
  •  Show: Independence Hall 20/1

My Saturday Picks for Other Tracks

It’s hard to beat the lucrative choices Gulfstream Park offered up, but check out the other two tracks I reviewed for Saturday for some additional happy surprises:

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