Gulfstream Park Saturday: Turf Stakes Analysis, Selections

Chris Adams

The Saturday card from Gulfstream Park features the Pulpit and the Wait a While Stakes. Both stakes races will be run on the turf course which has been resting over the summer.

Gulfstream Park- Race 1

Post: 12:10 PM ET; $70k Maiden Special Weight going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 11

  • #11 ROYAL SALUTE (3-1) should improve off the first start and gets the top selection. He has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot. This one goes out for the Lynch barn and gets Saez in the irons.
  • #7 HARBOR MOON (10-1) looks to be the class of the field. This one should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #4 JUNIPERO SERRA (8-1) is probably best to put underneath on most tickets, but wouldn’t be a surprise to hit the board.
  • #5 SBAGLIATO (9-2) debuts here for the Clement barn and gets Gaffalione in the irons.

Selections: 11- 7 – 4 – 5

Gulfstream Park- Race 2

Post: 12:40 PM ET; $34k Starter Optional Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #6 FINAL EPISODE (7-2) is the top pick. She projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #4 ANGELIC GAL (7-5) could be in with a shot in this race. She has races good enough to beat this group. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #5 DROPKICK QUEEN (9-2) feels like a fringe contender in this spot. She should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #2 GLASS STAR (6-1) is probably best to put underneath on most tickets. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 6 – 4 – 5 – 2

Gulfstream Park- Race 3

Post: 1:09 PM ET; $24k Maiden Claiming going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #4 STEPHANIE MY LOVE (3-1) looks best here. She has races good enough to beat this group. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #7 GI GI'S GOLDEN GAL (5-1) should improve off the first start and has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #1 OUT FOR MYSELF (6-1) debuts here and feels like a fringe contender in this spot. She has the pedigree to be a major player here.
  • #3 LUVISANAKI (4-1) should improve at second asking. She goes out for the Barboza barn and gets Vasquez in the irons.

Selections: 4 – 7 – 1 – 3

Gulfstream Park- Race 4

Post: 1:38 PM ET; $75k Pulpit S. going 7 1/2 furlongs on turf; Entries: 8

  • #4 ARI GOLD (9-5) gets the top selection. He goes out for the Pletcher barn and gets Saez in the irons.
  • #7 SENDERO (3-1) feels like a player in this spot. He has the top overall power rating in the group. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of Pletcher and Ortiz.
  • #5 CONGRUENT (6-1) isn't without hope. He has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #1 MAXIMO (15-1) is a price horse and seems to be running for the minor placings in this contest. He will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.

Selections: 4 – 7 – 5 – 1

Gulfstream Park- Race 5

Post: 2:09 PM ET; $32k Maiden Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #2 BARAK (6-1) could pull a minor upset. He has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #6 NO DELIBERATION (5-2) is a worthy favorite. He has races good enough to beat this group. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of Trombetta and Lopez.
  • #4 GOLDEN TALENT (9-5) appears to be a major player in this race. He has races good enough to beat this group. This one shouldn't have trouble with the 6 furlong distance.
  • #1 MATRO (7-2) should improve off the first start and was productive enough to be a player with a step forward.

Selections: 2 – 6 – 4 – 1

Gulfstream Park- Race 6

Post: 2:38 PM ET; $70k Maiden Special Weight going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 10

  • #9 HARDY CHOICE (6-1) looks best here. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 GIOVANNINO (10-1) is a price horse and should be competitive in this spot. The rail can be good on the turf course and could allow this one to outrun the price.
  • #3 JOHN MACARTHUR (12-1) is another longshot who should be worth a look to hit the number in this spot.
  • #7 OK BOOMER (5-2) debuts here and has to be respected going out for the combination of Pletcher and Saez. The morning line suggests the word could be out on this runner.

Selections: 9 – 1 – 3 – 7

Gulfstream Park- Race 7

Post: 3:08 PM ET; $28k Claiming going 5 furlongs on all weather track; Entries: 7

  • #1 GOLDEN ISLE (9-5) gets the top selection. She has races good enough to beat this group. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #6 ADIOS BABE (4-1) goes out for the Dobles barn and gets Saez in the irons.
  • #7 LEXINATOR (15-1) is a price horse and appears to be a major player in this race. She projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #3 SAMMY'S TOWN (8-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one shouldn't have trouble with the 5 furlong distance.

Selections: 1 – 6 – 7 – 3

Gulfstream Park- Race 8

Post: 3:38 PM ET; $75k Wait a While S. going 7 1/2 furlongs on turf; Entries: 11

Delight | Blood Horse
  • #11 DELIGHT (5-2) is the top pick. She has the top overall power rating in the group. This one seems to fit really well here.
  • #9 JUNIPERMARSHMALLOW (8-1) should improve off the first start and makes sense based on the debut figure.
  • #3 ISABEL ALEXANDRA (6-1) projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #4 PERSONAL PURSUIT (7-2) has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.

Selections: 11- 9 – 3 – 4

Gulfstream Park- Race 9

Post: 4:09 PM ET; $32k Starter Optional Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on all weather track; Entries: 11

  • #9 RACE CRAFT (8-1) looks best here. He has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #8 UNCLE ARMANDO (8-1) is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race. This one goes out for the Joseph barn and gets Zayas in the irons.
  • #11 TIMMY M. (8-1) projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #10 FLY THE W (7-2) has races good enough to beat this group. This one goes out for the Dibona barn and gets Saez in the irons.

Selections: 9 – 8 – 11- 10

Gulfstream Park- Race 10

Post: 4:39 PM ET; $32k Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 10

  • #9 PERFORMING ARTS (3-1) gets the top selection. He projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #10 KITTEN'S SPA (5-1) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end. This one shouldn't have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance.
  • #4 DAZZLING TRUTHS (9-2) makes sense on speed figures. This one goes out for the Russo barn and gets Zayas in the irons.
  • #6 JIMMY D (15-1) is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.

Selections: 9 – 10- 4 – 6

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Chris Adams
Chris Adams

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.