While the rest of the sports world takes a seat until the Covid-19 pandemic passes, horse racing continues on its merry path. Sure, the Kentucky Derby has changed dates from May 2 to September 5. But major racetracks continue with business as usual. It makes sense since racetracks have relied on online wagering for the past 20 years. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Gulfstream Park for Thursday, March 19. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Gulfstream Park – Top Plays for March 19
- When: Thursday, March 19 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Hallandale, FL
- Weather: Partly Sunny
- Temperature: High 80 – Low 74
Race 2 – 1:30 pm ET – 1 1/6 M Turf – $20,000 Maiden Claiming
Dillon Rocks goes first time for Jane Cibelli. Although Cibelli wins jut 9% first time off the claim, she spots Dillon Rocks well. The 4-year-old colt doesn’t face monsters. If Cibelli can get this guy to run back to that Nov. 16 race, he should get his picture taken.
8/1 on the morning line Lucky Kisses lost its first race by 17 lengths. But the gelding produced a speed rating that could challenge for the win in this. Improvement is expected while top speed jock Paco Lopez retains the mount. Consider for the win.
The chalk, Winning Factor, had a great last race. However, he seems to string together at least two awful performances after running well. Instead of using Winning Factor in the tri, why not go with Joe Benjamin? The Murat Sancal trainee improved big time when dropping from maiden $79K to maiden claiming $16K. Although this a slight move up in class, Joe Benjamin can get it done.
- First: Dillon Rocks
- Second: Lucky Kisses
- Third: Joe Benjamin
Race 7 – 4:05 pm ET – 1 M Dirt – $7,000 Claiming
Trainer David Kassen has saddled 9 horses at Gulfstream. He’s won 2-of-9 and scored a second-place finish with another horse. On Thursday, he saddles Passing Moments in the seventh. Passing Moments hasn’t raced since January and when he did it was on grass. Kassen is 4-of-10 in the winner’s circle when he drops horses two-class levels, though. That makes Passing Moments the top pick.
You have to love the 6/1 odds on Sami’s Car. The Data Link, Cheryl Winebaugh trainee, drops from the $16,000 level to this bottom feeder of a race. The four-year-old filly has lost her last 3 races by a combined 57 lengths. She’ll be close to Shanghaisweetheart, though. That gives her a shot.
Speaking of Shanghaisweetheart, the only thing not to like are the underlay odds. At 5/2, she’s a play against. But no knocks in terms of pace, speed, and heart. She won her race two back by 3 lengths while she finished second in her last. But, it’s hard to back chalk in low-level claimers. So, we’ll put her third.
- First: Passing Moments
- Second: Sami’s Car
- Third: Shanghaisweetheart
Race 8 – 4:36 pm ET – 1 M Turf – $14,000 Claiming
Back on Jan. 12, Youshouldbesolucky lost by 23 lengths. Ah, but look at what the Edward Plesa Jr. charge did in the two races prior? The gelding finished second in both. Not only that but it’s hard to overlook that the 23-length loss happened in a $30,000 claimer and these are running at the $14K level. Paco completes the package.
Bye Bye Man drops from $40,000 claiming into this for 24% winning horseman Dominick Schettino. That’s a winning move for Schettino. The third-place finish from two back might be good enough for a victory here.
Jockey Irad Oritz Jr. should put the foot to the pedal aboard Sir Seamus. The 7/2 morning line runner failed in his last, a 5-furlong race, but has raced well every time he’s run at a route on the grass. Don’t be surprised if Irad gets this guy to relax enough for a win. Respect.
- First: Youshouldbesolucky
- Second: Bye Bye Man
- Third: Sir Seamus