Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks for Friday 2/5/21
It's a great time to dive into horse racing, and FanDuel Racing gives you the chance to do just that.
Starting at 1:10 p.m. EST, we have 10 races at Gulfstream Park. Using numberFire’s projections as a guide, here are some of the best bets.
As always, check the program for scratches and changes, and check the weather and track conditions.
(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).
Grainger County and Romario, Race 7
FanDuel Racing Odds: 12/1 and 20/1
We've had four winners at Gulfstream the last two days on these pages, including a pair on Thursday with a 15/1 morning line that was bet down below 5/1. Let’s take a shot on some prices today with some guidance from Top Race Reports.
Race 7 is a Claiming race for older horses sprinting 5 furlongs on the Turf. The top pick according to numberFire’s data is the favorite, French Reef (3/1), with Bernin’ Thru Gold (7/2) an in-the-money challenger. French Reef was beaten by a head as the 4/5 favorite at this level two races back. He then finished fifth last race as the favorite but encountered traffic trouble. Leading jockey and the meet's top percentage win rider, Irad Ortiz, Jr., rides.
Grainger County (12/1) is a big overlay, and Top Race Reports notes he’s working well for his return off a long layoff. Speed is magnified on the short turf sprints, and Grainger County won his debut here last year and has early speed.
Romario (20/1) is another longshot who can hit the board. He’s better on the turf, is coming off the pace, and is a contrary running style to the top choice.
Ampersad, Race 8
FanDuel Racing Odds: 3/1
Race 8 is an Allowance race for state-bred 3-year-olds sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs. This is a small field of six runners and a formful offering. Real Talk (5/2) and Gatsby (7/2) have the Ortiz brothers riding, and numberFire’s algorithm projects Gatsby to win.
But Ampersand (3/1) looks ready to fire off the layoff, working super with leading jockey Luis Saez in the saddle. Top Race Reports notes he finished fourth in a Grade 1 race last fall after breaking his maiden in his debut race. A quick break from the gate and ideally draw in the six hole.
Kartano and Congrats Again, Race 10
FanDuel Racing Odds: 20/1 and 6/1
Race 10 is a Maiden Claiming race for 3-year-olds racing 1-mile on the Turf. Looking beyond the favorites Supplication (3/1) and Command Central (4/1), this 12-horse field looks open. The preferred picks according to numberFire projections are Congrats Again (6/1) and Gael Power (6/1).
Congrats Again gets a bit more ground in his second turf start, and leading jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. gets the call. All 10 of his starts have been at Gulfstream, with multiple races from a class perspective and and 3 runner-up finishes.
Top Race Reports likes Congrats Again and also longshot Kartano (20/1). He’s overlooked here as a son of a Breeders’ Cup winner (Tamarkuz), with a broodmare who has produced eight winners from nine foals to date.