Gulfstream Park Picks: Florida Derby Week opens on March 31

The Gulfstream Park's week of weeks is here ... The Florida Derby looms on Saturday! Before then, we have a couple of sharp-looking cards for your enjoyment!
The Gulfstream Park's week of weeks is here ... The Florida Derby looms on Saturday! Before then, we have a couple of sharp-looking cards for your enjoyment!

Gulfstream Park Picks - Thursday, March 31, 2022

  • Race 1: 2-8-5-4
  • Race 2: 2-11-12-3
  • Race 3: 4-2-5-6
  • Race 4: 3-2-6-7
  • Race 5: 2-8-10-7
  • Race 6: 7-1-3-5
  • Race 7: 6-2-7-4
  • Race 8: 2-6-8-1
  • **Most Likely: Race Day Speed #4 (Race 3)**
  • **Best Value: Eagle Chief #2 (Race 5)**

A versatile 1st Bet location owned by the Stronach Family ... Gulfstream Park added Tapeta back last fall. Of course, they still have a main track that is dirt and a painted green grass course (Ha!) ... what a myriad of options! Their Championship Meet is pointing towards the big card this Saturday ... the Florida Derby and its undercard!

At we have you covered, including all of the action related to the Derby Trail! The South Florida Series put on the Grade 2 running of the Fountain of Youth Stakes earlier this month ... So now, the attention shifts to the final leg of the Sunshine State Derby Trail! That race, the Grade 1 FLA Derby should be quite an event ... so stay tuned for all the news! 

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 Thursday 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 3: Race Day Speed #4, 7/2):

Trainer Tamara Levy has a solid runner in her barn that looks the part this time around. With a bunch of OC20k-type races under this filly’s saddlecloth, I think she has what it takes to get the job done in this spot. The 4-yr-old has a pair of wins to her credit, one of them by just a head bob. Jockey Chantal Sutherland rides well for Levy, even if it is not on a regular basis. If this filly hovers around 3/1, then I am going for the gusto with a hefty wager. Let’s go get this one …

Wager: $100 Win, #4


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 5: Eagle Chief #2, 12/1):

If you are looking for a major play on Thursday (and you should be), then I would not hesitate to back this runner from the Tharrenos Barn. A former runner in both John Sadler and Mike Maker’s keep, this 4-yr-old gelding by super sire Into Mischief looks poised … as in looking up! He gets one of the best all-time turf riders in the world … Javier Castellano … and even though his figs on the grass are not quite where they once were, he is by no means off his game. I like the price, the pedigree, and the style of a turf jockey like this one.

Wager: Graduated Wager, WPS, $100 Bankroll, #2 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 6: AW, 1m70yds., OC16k, 3):

Taking to the Tapeta surface, it is looking more-and-more like equine fatalities can be lessened overall by the use of this surface. That is coming from scientists who gather data, and not gossip around the 2nd Floor ticket machines. I picked this race because it has a decent field of 7, and I particularly like the look of Victor Barboza’s Cashier Check #7. With 6 starts to his credit, he has already broken his maiden, and has 4 others in-the-money efforts. The presence of Jose Ortiz is comforting, and I would not be surprised if he tries to steal the show. After this top pick, I am inclined to back Antonio Sano’s Birdman Richie #3. This gelding by Noble Bird was in the Larry Rivelli’s outfit, before coming over to Sano’s 2-races back. He has not gotten on very well in this company, but I do like the rider change to Tyler Gaffalione. He has the ability to “check” the Ortiz Bros. and their hegemony. Let’s use one more … and we cannot forget about Fausto Gutierrez and his abilities. With a young colt by Protonico (Medina Spirit’s sire), he certainly has a contender on his hands with Protonic Power #1. Miguel Vazquez gets the call, and maybe these 2 can take a trip to the winner’s circle on Championship Week. Let’s use all three of the aforementioned routers. Should be a fun one to wager on …

Wager: Trifecta Box, $2, 1/3/7


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