There’s an 11-race card at Gulfstream Park in the United States and Frenchman Street is tipped to win the joint-richest run of the day. The claiming race over five furlongs at 16.41 local time has attracted just seven runners, which means bookmakers will settle each-way bets at one-quarter the odds for two places. However, Frenchman Street is a win-only bet at +250 with BetOnline. At the time of writing there were no early prices, but they may appear nearer the time of the first race.
The Gulfstream season began at the end of November. The current leading jockeys are Irad Ortiz (115 wins from 477 starts), Luis Saez (99 wins from 504 starts) and Paco Lopez (90 wins from 472 starts). The jockeys in fourth and fifth place have accumulated 64 and 61 winners respectively and the two next most successful jockeys at Gulfstream this season have ridden 39 winners. Tyler Geffalione rides Frenchman Street and he is the jockey on 64 wins.
The top three trainers by number of winners are Todd Pletcher (42 wins from 181 start), Michael Maker (39 wins from 179 starts) and Saffie Joseph (37 wins from 136 starts). The selection is trained by Michael Maker so ticks some of the boxes in terms of connections. Frenchman Street has now won three of his last four races and is a course and distance winner. The trainer is in fine form, so his horse can win this race from gate three.
The claiming race for horses aged four and older over one mile and one furlong at 17.43 offers the same first prize as the featured race. There is no draw advantage at the Gulfstream track and the going is fast. Zarina was a beaten favourite last time out but has something to find on form to prevail in this race. Bacchanalia has won his last two starts and should be considered. However, Silver Kitten has shown the best piece of form and can win this race at +250 with BetOnline.
The first race has attracted the biggest field on the card. Sixteen horses have been declared to run in the Special Weight over one mile and 100 yards at 13.00. Only horses aged three years and older can take part in a race in which all the runners carry 8-10. It’s a race for maidens, so there’s not a race winner in the field. Rhythm Section has the highest official rating and looks overpriced to win this race at +650 with BetOnline. Pricing Express could be a horse to make the payout places.
The banker bet of the meeting is Mz Chaplin at +100 with BetOnline. The horse has the form and ratings to win the claiming race for three-year-olds over six furlongs on fast dirt at 13.34. Mz Chaplin won her latest start, which was at another Gulfstream Park track 140 days ago. On that form the horse is entitled to be the favourite for this race in a field of nine declared runners. Mz Chaplin should have something in hand over the rest of the field.
The getting-out stakes is the Allowance Optional Claiming race over one mile and one furlong at 18.14. The track has been declared as Fast and that suits the current second favourite, Gufo, which has won over the distance in the past. The extra distance from his latest win on the course in December plays to the horse’s strengths. Gufo has done enough to warrant selection at +450 with BetOnline in the early odds, while Ask For Bode is the horse for the forecast.