Gulfstream Park Picks – Saturday, January 9, 2021

| January 8, 2021 12:29 pm PDT

Gulfstream Park headlines the Grade III Tropical Turf Stakes, a turf battle for four-year-old and older thoroughbreds that promises to be a tight and hard-fought match.

While I review the Tropical Turf Stakes and two more of Gulfstream‘s richest races here, remember that you can find their full 11-race card — including horses, jockeys, morning line odds, and wagering options — at one of our recommended online racebooks.

Now, read on for my Gulfstream Park picks and betting tips for Saturday, January 9, 2021.

Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 3

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

My money’s on the third-favored (4/1) entry in this maiden race — Gran Runner, ridden by Edgard Zayas. This colt moneyed all three of his career starts. 

At 12/1, consider a show ticket on My Liberty, with Angel Arroyo aboard. This colt moneyed one of his two career starts and has performed well in recent workouts.

  •  Win: Gran Runner 4/1
  •  Show: My Liberty 12/1

Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 4

This is an allowance optional claiming race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of 1-3/8 miles on turf for a purse of $51,000.

I’m sticking with the 5/2 morning line favorite in this race — Battalion, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. This four-year-old gelding moneyed five of his ten career starts, winning two.

Interestingly, there’s a 6/1 sleeper in this race with an almost identical record: Til, the End, ridden in this race by Edgard Zayas. This nine-year-old moneyed 20 of his 41 starts, winning ten.

There’s a 15/1 entry in this match — Dover Cliffs, with Angel Arroyo in the irons — but I don’t see a money finish for him, not in this field.

  •  Win: Battalion 5/2
  •  Sleeper: Til the End 6/1

Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 10 — Tropical Turf Stakes

This is the Tropical Turf Stakes, a Grade III stakes race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of one mile on turf for a purse of $100,000.

All of the top contenders in this stakes race have proven themselves across multiple graded stakes matches, but the one with the best record is the one I’m betting my win ticket on — the 2/1 morning line favorite, Analyze It, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. This six-year-old moneyed eight of his ten career starts, winning four — the most recent win the Red Bank Stakes in September at Monmouth Park.

In all, Analyze It has moneyed in seven graded stakes, his only non-stakes money finish was when he broke his maiden on his first career start.

Incidentally, Tyler Gaffalione — who rode Tusk to victory in last year’s Tropical Turf Stakes — is aboard the fourth-favored (5/1) Ride a Comet for this year’s run.

At 15/1, Hay Dakota, with Paco Lopez in the irons, looks like a good show wager here. This eight-year-old gelding finished in the money 24 of his 44 career starts, winning ten.

  •  Win: Analyze It 2/1
  •  Show: Hay Dakota 15/1

My Saturday Predictions and Picks for Other Tracks

Gulfstream Park had some solid wagering opportunities, and I found more at the other tracks I reviewed for Saturday:

J.W. Paine
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