Gulfstream has a great card on Friday. Two fantastic allowance optional claiming turf races are on the calendar. We handicap both those events as well as the ninth, a $25k allowance optional claiming event on the dirt. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Gulfstream Park for Friday, April 24. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, April 24 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Hallandale Beach, FL
- Weather: Partly Cloudy
Gulfstream Park Picks for Friday, April 24
Race 5 – 3:11 pm ET – 5 Furlongs Turf – $62,500 Allowance Optional Claiming
There is a lot of speed in this race. When there’s a ton of speed, horseplayers can do 1-of-2 things. We can either decide to jump on a closer or go with who we think is the best speed horse in the race. Jockey Luis Saez steps aboard Frenchman Street, a speed horse breaking to the outside of chalky Tiger Blood. Luis should give this one the perfect trip to overtake the favorite in the stretch. So, yep, we’re going with the speed horse we think gets it done.
Tiger Blood is 8-of-9 at this distance. The even money line gelding has 8 wins and a second from 11 races over the sod. No doubt, Blood deserves favoritism, but the 7-year-old isn’t a lock. We’ll play against for the win slot knowing full well we’re playing with fire.
Jane Cibelli puts the saddle on What’s Inside, a 5-year-old Tapizar gelding. What’s Inside has a couple of wins and a couple of seconds in it’s last 4 races. The Cibelli runner ran great in its last. That’s the problem. It’s difficult seeing this one repeating that effort.
- Win: Frenchman Street
- Place: Tiger Blood
- Show: What’s Inside
Race 8 – 4:46 pm ET – 1 1/8 Miles Turf – $75,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Nope hasn’t raced since October. That’s okay. Trainer Brendan Walsh has great stats with these type of runners and, no doubt, Nope faced similar if not better at Newmarket in the UK. The No Nay Never sired runner stretches out to a distance she should relish while the 10/1 morning line makes her too attractive to ignore.
Christophe Clement doesn’t often win with his first time starters. That’s why Apogee deserves a long look for the exacta box. The Malibu Moon 3-year-old filly won at first asking at Tampa Bay on March 29. If there’s enough speed, Apogee could make it 2-0 to start her career. So, make sure to use on top and bottom of the exotics.
Mark Casse trained Secret Stash last ran in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks. She must improve to get into the exacta but she seems good enough to grab the show money on Friday. Secret Stash has finished third in her last 2 races, including the Florida Oaks.
- Win: Nope
- Place: Apogee
- Show: Secret Stash
Race 9 – 5:17 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Dirt – $25,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Walsh has another contender in the ninth. Whispering Beauty gets blinkers for her first attempt on dirt. The Arch sired filly has 2 wins, a second, a third, and a fourth in her 5 races. She can sit behind Graceful Princess and Slam Dunk before taking over in the stretch.
Graceful Princess has worked awesome leading up to this. Todd Pletcher takes over for trainer Ralph Nicks. Pletcher wins 30% with ponies going first-time after a layoff of 90+ days. Pletcher has saddled over 300 runners off 90+ days layoffs. That means at least 100 of those runners won. Amazing.
Rodolphe Brisette saddles Slam Dunk. The Into Mischief sired 3-year-old finished third in the Grade 1 Frizette while still a maiden. She came back to win her next race. She’s got a ton of talent, making her a must use on top and bottom.
- Win: Whispering Beauty
- Place: Graceful Princess
- Show: Slam Dunk