Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks for Wednesday 6/24/20
With most of the sports world on pause, it's a great time to dive into horse racing, and FanDuel Racing gives you the chance to do just that.
Starting at 12:00 p.m. EST, we have 10 Thoroughbred races at Indiana Grand. Using our numberFire projections as a guide, here are some of the best bets.
As always, check the program for scratches and changes.
(I will reference Equibase's Speed Figure in selected races, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races -- adjusted for track, distances, and conditions).
Dizzy Gillespie, Race 3
FD Odds: 8/5
Six older horses going 1-mile and Dizzy Gillespie (8/5) is best, now stringing three races together showing good health and improving to reach the mid-90s speed figure attained in a minor stakes race in February. FanDuel Racing likes the gelding Gillespie’s chances running out front and implied odds on top, with numberFire also projecting the favorite to win.
Daily Horse Picks has Gillespie on top followed by Drop Kick (4/1) and Crea’s Bkyln Law (2/1). Drop Kick has won twice this year, including last time out going 1-mile and cashing in at 19-1 odds.
Crea’s Bkyln Law has just 3 wins in 34 starts but has finished second in three of his last five starts, showing the ability to close. He has solid speed figures, reaching 91 in his last win at 1-mile in November. He was claimed prior to his last race and can move forward again.
Aizu, Race 5
FD Odds: 4/1
Race 5 is a Maiden Special Weight for state-bred fillies and mares running 1 1/16 miles on the turf. We start by looking towards EPO trainer Chad Brown and his favorite in here with Baseline Drive (5/2). Leading jockey Edgard Zayas is riding the filly for her career debut. It's hard to project how she will fare, but FanDuel Racing has implied odds of 29% chance to win.
Trainer Mark Casse has a pair of runners in Mo of the West (5/1) and Art of Law (6/1), with the latter breaking from the outside post. Mo of the West is by Uncle Mo, and she faltered to finish fourth last out in early May in just her second start. Improvement is expected.
Aizu (4/1) has improved her speed figure in each of her four races and hit the board in her last three starts.
Mandamus, Race 9
FD Odds: 12/1
Race 9 is the penultimate leg of the Rainbow 6, which offers a guaranteed jackpot of $350,000. It’s the featured race at 5 furlongs on the turf, an Allowance Optional Claimer for state-bred fillies and mares.
A number of capable contenders including Foxy Lady (6/1), who won at this level a month ago with a career-best 78 speed rating despite being steadied at the turn. She won by daylight after passing the race favorite Sugar Bolt (5/2) in the stretch. Sugar Bolt breaks from the rail and will get out front again in her second start this year, likely improving her speed rating, which is best in this field from last year's pair of triple-digit figures.
Sayonara Baby (3/1) is the top choice at numbeFire. She missed the money a month ago, but if she can run back to her 90 speed figure from seven weeks ago, she may hold up down the stretch as a front-runner in this race.
Hera (9/2) has the red hot barn and trainer preparing her for her 2020 debut. She won a distance race last summer and now cuts back. The meet's leading jockey, Edgard Zayas, rides Mandamus (12/1) from the outside No. 12 post. She’s working well off a layoff since February for a new trainer and now tries the turf. Interesting. Madamus was sired by Constitution, whose son Tiz the Law just won the Belmont Stakes.