Gulfstream Park Picks – Saturday, January 30, 2021
Gulfstream Park has a 12-race schedule planned for Saturday that includes five Grade III stakes races, including the Holy Bull Stakes, which is one of the qualifying races for the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby.
The combined purses offered in the five stakes races is $600,000.
Remember that while I review the five stakes races at Gulfstream Park, you can find their entire 12-race card for Saturday — including horses, jockeys, trainers, M/L odds, and wagering options — at one of our recommended online racebooks.
Read on for my Gulfstream Park picks and betting tips for Saturday, January 30, 2021.
Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 4 — Kitten’s Joy Stakes
This is the Kitten’s Joy Stakes, a Grade III stakes race for three-year-olds running a distance of one mile on turf for a purse of $100,000.
I like the morning 9/5 morning-line favorite for this race — Never Surprised, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. This colt won both of his career starts. Hard to argue with that.
At 12/1, Chao, with Jose L. Ortiz in the irons., looks just right for a value show wager. This colt moneyed three of his four career starts, winning one.
- Win: Never Surprised 9/5
- Show: Chao 12/1
Pick for Gulfstream Park Race 6 — Claiborne Farm Swale Stakes
This is the Claiborne Farm Swale Stakes, a Grade III stakes race for three-year-olds running a distance of seven furlongs for a purse of $100,000.
I’m backing the second-favored (5/2) entry in this race — Drain the Clock, with Edgard Zayas aboard. This colt won three of his four career starts and might have won a fourth but for a broken iron in the backstretch that lost him his jockey and gained him a DNF.
This race is far too tight among the top three contenders to warrant the risk of a long-odds show wager.
- Win: Drain the Clock 5/2
Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 9 — Forward Gal Stakes
This is the Forward Gal Stakes, a Grade III stakes race for three-year-old fillies running a distance of seven furlongs for a purse of $100,000.
I’m sticking with the 7/5 morning line favorite here — Zaajel, with Luis Saez in the irons. This filly won her single career start.
And I like the 20/1 longshot Dial to Win, ridden by Paco Lopez, for a value show bet. This filly moneyed two of her four career starts, winning one.
- Win: Zaajel 7/5
- Show: Dial to Win 20/1
Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 10 — Sweetest Chant Stakes
This is the Sweetest Chant Stakes, a Grade III stakes race for three-year-old fillies running a distance of one mile on turf for a purse of $100,000.
I have to agree with the morning line — the 5/2 favorite, Con Lima, with Paco Lopez aboard, is going to win this race. This filly moneyed all six of her career starts, with three wins and three second-place finishes.
At 10/1, I think Lionessofbrittany, with Edgard Zayas aboard, stands a very good chance of finishing in the money. In fact, against any field but this, I’d say this was an across the board opportunity, but here I’m only recommending the show ticket. For the record, this filly moneyed two of her three career starts, both of them wins.
- Win: Con Lima 5/2
- Show: Lionessofbrittany 10/1
Pick for Gulfstream Park Race 11 — Holy Bull Stakes
This is the Holy Bull Stakes, a Grade III stakes race for three-year-olds running a distance of 1-1/16 miles for a purse of $200,000. This is also one of the early qualifying races on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby.
I’m backing an 8/1 sleeper for the win in this race — Tarantino, ridden by Edgard Zayas. This colt moneyed all three of his career starts, winning two.
For comparison, the morning line favorite finished in the money all four of his career starts, winning one.
Incidentally, the four top finishers in this stakes race earn points on the 2021 Road to the 2021 Kentucky Derby (10-4-2-1).
- Win: Tarantino 8/1
My Saturday Predictions for Other Tracks
Lots of underdogs and value show bets to be found in the five stakes races at Gulfstream Park, but remember I also reviewed two other tracks for Saturday: