Category: Gulfstream Park

2018 El Camino Real Derby Preview

With synthetic tracks going out of fashion in the United States over the last few years, options for amassing Kentucky Derby points over anything but dirt have become few and far between.  One of those rare remaining opportunities comes this Saturday over the Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields, in the El Camino Real Derby. In addition... Read more »

2018 Holy Bull S. and Forward Gal S. Preview

Last weekend, the three-year-old prep season took a one-week break.  Focus instead shifted to the older horses, as Gun Runner showed in the Pegasus World Cup why allowing a sound horse to stay in training through age five can be downright magical.  We’re back to reality this week: Gun Runner has taken up residence at... Read more »

2018 Pegasus World Cup Preview

This weekend, Gulfstream reprises the richest horse race in history: the Pegasus World Cup.  Though Picks and Ponderings focuses mainly on three-year-old preps until the Chicago racing season resumes, this $16 million race for older horses has the attention of the racing world, and it has ours.  Our preview features horse-by-horse commentary, as well as our customary... Read more »

2017 Princess Rooney Stakes and Smile Sprint Stakes Preview

This Saturday features a pair of Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In races: both at Gulfstream Park, and both for sprinters aged three and up.  Picks and Ponderings previews both races in detail. The Smile Sprint Stakes (G3), a six-furlong sprint on the dirt, welcomes open company and offers its winner a berth in the Breeders’... Read more »

2017 Florida Derby and Gulfstream Park Oaks Preview

Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet culminates this Saturday with Florida Derby day.  The Florida Derby always draws interest — and two of its last four winners have gone on to wear the roses.  With the year’s Derby picture as fuzzy as it is, such a recently live prep will draw even more interest. In addition, its... Read more »

2017 Fountain of Youth Stakes and Davona Dale Stakes Preview

This weekend, the national spotlight shines once more on the Sunshine State.  Saturday’s stakes-laden card at Gulfstream Park features a pair of sophomore points races: the Fountain of Youth (G2) for the Derby-bound, and the Davona Dale (G2) for fillies. Present in the Davona Dale is a set of connections familiar to the Chicago Circuit:... Read more »

2017 Holy Bull Stakes and Forward Gal Stakes Preview

After last week’s Pegasus card, when older horses took the spotlight, attention focuses back on the three-year-olds this week.  Here at Picks and Ponderings, we turn our attention to sunny Florida again, as Gulfstream Park hosts a pair of well-subscribed three-year-old races. Along the Derby trail, the Holy Bull Stakes (GI2) features the eagerly awaited return... Read more »

Point/Counterpoint: Pegasus World Cup

This weekend, Gulfstream features the richest horse race in history: the Pegasus World Cup. Though this year’s race is the first running of the Pegasus World Cup, it starts as a Grade I by virtue of inheriting its grade from Gulfstream Park’s previous top-level dirt route for older horses: the Donn Handicap (G1).  In recent... Read more »

Saturday Gulfstream Stakes Preview: Harlan's Holiday and More!

Chicago has gotten cold, so cold that Hawthorne skipped a day of racing on Thursday.  If you’re looking to take a vacation to warmer climes, look no further.  Picks and Ponderings takes a road trip to sunny Florida, and Gulfstream’s stakes-packed Saturday card. The Hallandale Beach oval hosts five stakes on Saturday.  We analyse them... Read more »

2016 Claiming Crown Preview

The Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park gets underway on Saturday with a day full of salty horses and lucrative betting opportunities: the Claiming Crown. Claiming races form the backbone of the schedule at racetracks everywhere. The principle is simple: a licensed owner and trainer can buy any horse in a claiming race for the price... Read more »