Gulfstream Park Picks: Joseph's Amazing Trip in R3 on March 16

Gulfstream Park's Championship Meet is starting yet another week of racing ... let's see who is going to seek the wire first ... free picks below!
Gulfstream Park's Championship Meet is starting yet another week of racing ... let's see who is going to seek the wire first ... free picks below!

Gulfstream Park Picks - Wednesday, March 16, 2022

  • Race 1: 3-6-7-2
  • Race 2: 5-1-2-4
  • Race 3: 1-4-3-6
  • Race 4: 3-1-6-2
  • Race 5: 6-7-3-2
  • Race 6: 5-8-1-2
  • Race 7: 8-1-5-4
  • Race 8: 10-5-8-2
  • **Most Likely Winner: Amazing Trip #1 (Race 3)**
  • **Best Value: Faithful Ruler #3 (Race 4)**

A versatile 1st Bet location ... Gulfstream Park added Tapeta back in the fall, plus the MT and Turf Course are open for business ... what a myriad of options! Their Championship Meet is moving right along, heading towards the big day ... the Florida Derby!

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, and it was a tough contest. Now, the attention shifts to the final leg of the Sunshine State Derby Trail in early April! That race, the Grade 1 Derby should be quite an event ... 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 Wednesday 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: Amazing Trip #1, 9/2):

With rainfall in the forecast, it might be a smart plan to seek shelter on the AW track at Gulfstream. It can take significant amounts of moisture, and still play fair. In this spot, trainer Saffie Joseph is attempting to extend his lead in the trainer standings over the ubiquitous Todd Pletcher. He is up by 10 wins already … This filly by The Big Beast competed at this level last time at Gulfstream back in late January. She did not run poorly, and should be able to improve based on her work tab. Some handicappers do not think much of 3F practices, but when you are running in 5½ sprints, I think they can be of use. With Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle once again, Frank Calabrese’s filly should win. Getting odds of 9/2 sure would be excellent … but don’t count on it.    

Wager: $100 Win, #1


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 4: Faithful Ruler #3, 8/1):

Going back to the Tapeta, I found a gem of a runner in this gelding by American Pharoah. Trained by the able-bodied Brendan Walsh, this 3-yr-old is getting back to doing something that he likes … the AW surface. Two races back, he won going 6F at Turfway Park, and that was a frontrunning score by a neck in one of those tough MSW62k events that they host. The 2nd place runner has already come back and won, so that speaks well. Walsh tried to bring this one to GP in an OC75kn1x, and it was a big ask. Dropping down to this level seems much more appropriate, and the addition of Luis Saez is a welcome one. At odds of 8/1 on the M/L, maybe he can get the job done for a barn that has class …

Wager: Graduated Wager, WPS, $100 Bankroll, #3 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Turf, 7½, OC75kn1x, 3F):

Barring some kind of weather miracle or the Stronachs constructing a dome over the course, this turf race is bound to be moved to the AW. This is what the 1st Bet folks wanted to be able to do, so ‘cappers must plan accordingly. This is a high-level OC75k contest, and a few of these fillies are trying to make the leap from the MSW Division. Out of these, Saffie Joseph probably has the best-looking runner in Beechnut Trophy #1. A daughter of Real Solution, this one gets Lasix for the 1st time, and is coming off a 2½ month rest. Jose Ortiz will get the call, and that is a rider upgrade for sure. Always in-the-money, this Ramsey homebred was at her best back in early November, when she took on the boys and ended up 3rd on the AW. She should be tough once again … As far as those entries that are used to this kind of class level, I would not count out Carlos David’s Jumeirah #8. The filly by Twirling Candy will be a great price come post time, and she gets the services of Julien Leparoux. This is a seasoned rider who knows how to get his mount to the lead when it counts. He might try and steal this race on the front, and he will need to get a solid break being drawn so far to the outside. The distance in this spot is tough, but Leparoux has the skill. I want to use 3 other entries on this ticket that I am constructing ... They are: Joseph’s other half of the uncoupled entry, Running Legacy #4 (ridden by Irad Ortiz), Brendan Walsh’s Demogorgon #5 (in form), and finally, Christophe Clement’s American Heroine #7 (won by a head last time out in a MSW60k). Here is the bet in what is a very competitive contest on this Wednesday.

Wager: Trifecta Wheel, $2, 1/8 w 1/8 w 4/5/7


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