Gulfstream Park Picks – Saturday, September 5, 2020

| September 5, 2020 12:05 am PDT

Gulfstream continues to offer a wealth of stakes races on Saturday, September 5, 2020, with two ungraded stakes as well as the Grade III Smile Sprint Stakes.

While I cover the three stakes races at Gulfstream, you can always find their full slate of races—complete with entries, jockeys, and wagering options—at our recommended horse racing betting sites.

Read on for my tips, picks, and predictions for Saturday’s stakes races at Gulfstream Park.

Pick for Gulfstream Park Race 8

This is the ungraded Bear’s Den Stakes, a race for three-year-olds running a distance of about 7-1/2 furlongs on turf for a purse of $75,000.

I like the fourth-favored (6/1) entry in this stakes race—Lure Him In, with Edgard Zayas in the irons. This gelding moneyed five of his eight career starts, winning four of them.

Unfortunately, I don’t think any of the longer-odds entries stand a chance of a payday here, so save your longshot money for later.

  • Win: Lure Him In 6/1

Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 10

This is the ungraded Miss Gracie Stakes, a race for three-year-old fillies running a distance of about 7-1/2 furlongs on turf for a purse of $75,000.

This could be an entirely different race if it is moved off-turf, but as the line-up stands, I like the second-favored (4/1) Mo of the West, piloted by Miguel Angel Vasquez. This filly moneyed two of her four career starts, both of them wins.

At 30/1, I hope Maries Melody survives late scratches, because I believe she and her jockey, Alberto Burgos, have some real value as a show bet. This filly moneyed eight of her 12 starts, with two wins.

  • Win: Mo of the West 4/1
  • Show: Maries Melody 30/1

Picks for Gulfstream Park Race 11

This is the Grade III Smile Sprint Stakes, a race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $100,000.

I’m going with the second-favored (7/2) entry here—Double Crown, with Cristian A. Torres aboard. This gelding moneyed all four of his career starts and won three of them.

Longest morning line odds in this six-horse race are 12/1, and I think they show value for a show bet on Weisser, ridden by Edgard Zayas. This five-year-old finished in the money seven of his 11 starts, winning three of them.

  • Win: Double Crown 7/2
  • Show: Weisser 12/1

My Horse Racing Picks at Other Tracks Today

I’m assessing races at two other tracks today—including the Kentucky Derby in Louisville—and you can find that coverage here:

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