US Horse Racing Tips – Best Bets at Gulfstream on Saturday
US Racing Tips
A mammoth 14-race card featuring the Grade 1 Florida Derby takes place in America today as US racing keeps the show on the road. We’ve gone through the card to provide the best US racing tips this weekend.
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TIZ THE LAW (Grade 1 Florida Derby, 1m1f dirt, 10.36pm)
We’ll start these previews with the last race on the card, the Grade 1 Florida Derby worth nearly half a million dollars to the winner. Tiz The Law looks a hugely worthy favourite after powering past the reopposing Ete Indian on his comeback run at this track last month. Has been competing at a higher level than most of his rivals and has tasted defeat just once in four career starts and that came on a sloppy track and after he’d suffered trouble in running in the Grade 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs in October.
Clearly the one to beat.
CODRINGTON (Gulfstream Park race 1, 1m1/2f turf, 3.30pm)
Suffered a luckless run on dirt on her latest start but still finished well for third. Had earlier showed a sharp turn of foot to win on turf. Will continue to be a threat in this grade but her style of running means she will always need luck in running at some point. If she gets it, she’ll be hard to stop here.
BEAU LUMINARIE (Gulfstream Park race 2, 7f dirt, 4.00pm)
If Beau Luminarie can get to the front from his draw in stall 5 he should take a lot of pegging back. Still inexperienced after just three lifetime runs, Beau Luminarie ran his rivals ragged from the front over a furlong further than this on his last start. Dropping back to 7f should not prove problematic given he shows so much speed and he can continue his upward trajectory.
PLUS QUE PARFAIT (Gulfstream Park race 3, 1m1/2f turf, 4.30pm)
A chance is taken that Plus Que Parfait can get his head in front on only his third turf start. He’s been running on dirt surfaces recently but his last turf run when sixth in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby on his penultimate start sets a decent standard for the rest to aim at. Clearly takes a huge drop in class on this turf return and should have the class edge on his rivals.
DECORATED INVADER (Gulfstream Park race 4, 1m turf, 5.00pm)
Already a Group 1 winner at Woodbine in Canada, Decorated Invader finished his season with a fine fourth in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita at the end of October. That is the best form on offer here and it is to be hoped he has trained on into a decent three-year-old. Fitness has to be taken on trust as he returns from a 148-day break but has already shown he has the class to land this race.
ALMASHRIQ (Gulfstream Park race 5, 1m dirt, 5.30pm)
British racing fans might just remember Almashriq who won on his debut for John Gosden at newcastle before losing his way in five subsequent starts. Has since switched to the US and won on his dirt debut for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin showing battling qualities that were not evident in Britain. Has a difficult outside draw in stall 11, which may prove difficult to overcome, but one to keep an eye on.
YOU’RE TO BLAME (Gulfstream Park race 6, 1m1f dirt, Grade 3, 6.00pm)
Master trainer Todd Pletcher has given this horse a 155-day break since he finished a disappointing last at Belmont in October. That layoff is no bad thing given that he has previously been successful on return from a 196-day absence so he clearly goes well fresh. Also seems to love it at Gulfstream, winning two of his three starts over course and distance, and likely to give it another bold shot here.
WALK IN MARRAKESH (Gulfstream Park race 7, 1m turf, Listed, 6.30pm)
Won three times, including at Listed Level for Mark Johnston when trained in Britain and has been unlucky in her two starts across the Atlantic, finishing second in a Grade 1 at Woodbine when still trained by Johnston and a runner-up at Grade 3 level in the Florida Oaks on her first start for trainer Ignacio Correas. Arguably would have won that with a clear run and can gain a deserved win now dropping to Listed level.
HOME BASE (Gulfstream Park race 8, 7f dirt, 7.00pm)
Travelled supremely well and was more value than the winning margin suggests when winning over half a furlong shorter than this at the track last month. Mixes dirt and turf racing but to my eyes is clearly better on the artificial surface and he looks a decent each-way bet here.
GETMOTHERAROSE (Gulfstream Park race 9, 1m Turf Listed, 7.34pm)
All eyes will be on Newspaperofrecord as she bids to restore her reputation after a disappointing 2019. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf winner looked a future superstar when winning that race but failed to fire last season and was a disappointing ninth in the belmont Oaks on her last start in July. So with doubts over what ability remains and if she will be fully fit for this, it might be worth taking her on with Getmotherarose. She showed a potent finishing kick when winning at Stakes level last time and is a rapid improver, winning five of her last eight starts.
CAP DE CREUS (Gulfstream Park race 10, 1m3f Turf, Grade 3, 8.17pm)
You can forget this one’s disappointing run last time as she was trapped seven wide going round the final bend. Had previously been staying on strongly over shorter trips and there is plenty of evidence that she will improve for what is considered almost a marathon trip in the US. Fearsome combination of Todd Pletcher and Joel Rosario team up with this filly and she should run a huge race.
LUCREZIA (Gulfstream Park race 11, 1m1/2f dirt, Grade 2, 8.49pm)
Some exciting three-year-old fillies take to the track here with Tonalist’s Shape a strong favourite at the head of the market. However, I’m going to take her on with Lucrezia, who put in a scintillating performance at Tampa Bay Downs last time. Needs to prove she handles the track but looks a shade of value to overturn the favourite.
ZULU ALPHA (Gulfstream Park race 12, 1m4f turf, Grade 2, 9.26pm)
Favourite Zulu Alpha has won at Grade 1 and Grade 2 level on his last two starts and will be many people’s idea of the banker on the card and it’s easy to see why. He may have a tricky draw in stall 10 to overcome but he has showed true class in his last two wins and can edge it over his rivals.
LOUDER THAN BOMBS (Gulfstream Park race 13, 1m turf, Grade 3, 10.00pm)
A tough race to call and we’ll take a chance on a big outsider in Louder Than Bombs. He finished a close third last time behind Sombeyay, one of the market leaders for this race, but was forced to go extremely wide around the final bend and compromised his chances. He is nearly ten times the price of Sombeyay here and that discrepancy is just too big.