Gulfstream Park Picks: Hurricane Bertie S./Captiva Island S. in focus on March 12

The Gulfstream crowd is assembled, and it is another Saturday for their Championship Meet! Check out these free picks below!
The Gulfstream crowd is assembled, and it is another Saturday for their Championship Meet! Check out these free picks below!

Gulfstream Park Picks - Saturday, March 12, 2022

  • Race 1: 9-5-1-6
  • Race 2: 1-6-3-2
  • Race 3: 7-3-6-9
  • Race 4: 4-11-1-12
  • Race 5: 1-5-4-8
  • Race 6: 5-4-1-9
  • Race 7: 1-5-3-6
  • Race 8: 2-7-3-6
  • Race 9: 9-1-8-3
  • Race 10: 5-3-4-6
  • Race 11: 3-6-1-2
  • Race 12: 9-11-1-5
  • **Most Likely Winner: Riot House #5 (Race 6)**
  • **Best Value: Bramble Berry #1 (Race 7)**

The Gulfstream Park Championship Meet is heading towards the midway point in the month of March! A versatile 1st Bet location surface-wise ... they added Tapeta back in the fall, and still have the MT and Turf Course!

At we have you covered, including all of the action related to the Derby Trail! The South Florida Series put on a harrowing Grade 2 running of the Fountain of Youth Stakes last Saturday. Now, the attention shifts to the final leg of the Sunshine State Derby Trail in early April! That race, the Grade 1 Florida Derby should be quite a contest ... so stay tuned for all the news leading up to it ... 

It is a good time for some of the greatest racing that North America has to offer. If you're looking for picks elsewhere around the country this Saturday be sure to check out our free Horse Racing Picks via the gold button below. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter ... Horseracing_USA !!!

Horse Racing Picks

Most Likely Winner: (Race 6: Riot House #5, 3/1):

Taking to the grass course at Gulfstream Park (which I am still convinced is just painted dirt), we have this gelding from the barn of Danny Gargan. I do not normally back a runner that is coming off a major break in action (the circs have to be right …). This Arnmore homebred though is no average talent, especially since he spent most of his schooling days as a 2-yr-old with Wesley Ward. The connections have made the switch to Gargan, who looks to have really put this son of Violence to the test on the training track. With Miguel Vasquez in the irons, this one could be ready to fire a bullet. He sure has been being doing that at Palm Meadows with the “dogs” out. To me, that is a sure sign that a Thoroughbred is ready to go. If you could get 3/1 on this turfer (going basically a mile from this post), then that looks like a deal against a field of mainly “firsters.”

Wager: $100 Win, #5


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 7: Bramble Berry #1, 8/1):

Trainer Kent Sweezey is sending his mare by Brethern up the class ladder against some formidable foes in this G3. I realize this is going to be a chore, but I like the fact that the 5-yr-old performed so ably over the MT at Gulfstream last time. That was an OC62.5kn2x, and she passed the sprint test with flying colors. Edwin Gonzalez is having a good Meet, and I think his talent is overlooked. Don’t forget that this one has some “BT” races in her form, and her GP record is pretty impressive (11/6-2-0). We know her price is going to be more than square come Saturday. This one is a bet … peaking at the proper time!

Wager: Graduated Wager, WPS, $100 Bankroll, #1 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 10: Turf, 5F, Captiva Island S. $100k, F&M 4+):

A group of turf sprinters are assembling for the annual renewal of the Captiva Island! The clear standouts that have drawn-in are Brian Lynch’s Tobys Heart #3, Ed Plesa’s Miss Auramet #4, and Christophe Clement’s Miss J McKay #5. One of these will be the winner … it is just a matter of sorting out who it is … I think a spot like this comes down to conditioning, and that nod goes to Clement’s 5-yr-old mare by Hangover Kid. Not only does she have major experience in a spot like this one, but I think she is going to return to her winning ways after failing to get the job done last time in the Ladies Turf Sprint $100k. This is her best distance, and just to add to the argument ... she gets accomplished rider Tyler Gaffalione aboard once again, and she looks impressively fit in this particular cycle. I will be putting her at the top of several tickets, including this one that you see below … Nothing like a turf blow and go trip to get the blood pumping on a Saturday. Be sure to check the forecast to see if this one stays on the grass or not … ok?

Wager: Trifecta Wheel, $2, 5 w 3/4 w 3/4


Enjoy another superb Saturday trackside for the Championship Meet! Best of luck on another run at Gulfstream Park! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter … Horseracing_USA !!!