Friday, October 30, 2020

GP West: Mandatory Rainbow 6 Payoff Saturday; Fast and Firm for Friday's Card

On Saturday, the Gulfstream Park West meet will have a mandatory jackpot payout on its Rainbow 6 bet.

There is a prospect that the pool could be in the  $500,000 range or higher if the jackpot is not taken down by a  single ticket on Friday.

The GP West Friday card has eight races with first post of 12:00 p.m. The GP West meet is sponsored by Gulfstream Park and run at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Friday card  has a Rainbow 6 carryover of $92,016. The 20-cents per combination-only  bet is on races three to eight, with the sequence set to start at 1:04 p.m.

The dirt track is listed as Fast and the turf is listed as Firm. The first, third, fifth and eighth races are scheduled for turf.  The Weather Channel forecast is for the chance of rain to increase from 15 percent to eighty percent during the course of racing hours.


The Rainbow 6 jackpot consists of the entire coming in carryover plus 80  percent of the day's new Rainbow 6 bets (20 percent takeout).

Gulfstream usually pays out the jackpot only if there is just one ticket with the winners of all six Rainbow 6 races.

On a mandatory payout day, the jackpot is divided among all tickets with six winners.

Ona non-mandatory days when there are multiple winning tickets, Gulfstream takes out 20 percent  of the new bet. It then divides 56 percent among winning tickets and adds 24 percent to the carryover.

Assuming that $100,000 is bet on the Rainbow 6 on Friday, the carryover will grow by 24 percent--and be in the $115,000 range on Saturday. 

That size carryover usually attracts $500,000 or more in bets on a mandatory payoff day.

We will have reports on GP West this afternoon on this blog.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Rainbow 6 Opener Won by 24-1 Shot

Special Princess (3) at 24-1 won Gulfstream Park West's fourth race on Wednesday, to start the Rainbow 6.

The carryover coming in was $59,224.  Bettors added $60,323 to the pool,

Gulfstream has guaranteed that the jackpot pool will be at least $125,000 if there is just one ticket with all six Rainbow 6 winners.

If that happens, Gulfstream will have to put in about $5,000.

 

GP West: Three Wednesday Races Taken Off Turf

 

At the  Gulfstream Park West meet, three of Wednesday's five scheduled-for-turf races have been moved to the dirt track that is listed as Fast.

Those races are the first, third and fifth. As of 10:55 a.m. the seventh and ninth races are still scheduled for the turf which is listed as Good. 

First post is12:00 p.m. for Wednesday's nine-race card at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Skies are clear around the Calder area and the Weather Channel forecast is for just a ten percent chance of rain during racing hours.  But the turf is still  drying out after recent days' heavy rains.

Wednesday is the 18th day of the 40-day GP West meet.

Thus far, there have been thirteen days on which meet sponsor Gulfstream Park has taken one or more races off the turf because of rain and/or lingering wet conditions.

Through Sunday. 45 of the  67 scheduled-for-turf races have been taken off that surface.

In all of last year's  40-day GP West meet there were only  eight days on which one or more races were taken off the turf.

That meet had 168 scheduled-for turf races, with 26 coming off that surface.

On Wednesday, the Rainbow 6 has a carryover $59,224.  The 20 cents per combination-only bet is on races four-to-nine with the sequence set to start at 2:34 p.m.

Gulfstream is guaranteeing that the Rainbow 6 jackpot/carryover will be at least $125,00 0 if thee is just one ticket with all six winners.

We will have coverage of today's GP West racing on this blog.



Monday, October 26, 2020

Gladys, a Full Sister to Rachel Alexandra, Breaks Her Maiden in Slop at GP West .

Gladys, a 2-year-old full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, broke her maiden on Sunday at the Gulfstream Park West meet with an 11-1 upset victory in a mile maiden special weight event carded as Race 5.

The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and of the mare Lotta Kim roared from off the pace to score a three-length victory in her second career start and first race around two turns.

Gladys encountered trouble leaving the starting gate and was never a factor as she finished eighth in her Sept. 18 debut at six furlongs at  Gulfstream Park.


Gladys, who is trained by Kelsey Danner, ran a mile over a sloppy track at Calder in 1:38.80 under jockey Angel Arroyo. She beat Almost Heavenly by three lengths.

Gladys, who is owned by Dede McGehee and was was bred in Kentucky by her Heaven Trees Farm, is Lotta Kim’s eighth foal of racing age. 

Of course, Rachel Alexandra, who captured the 2009 Preakness (G1), Haskell (G1) and Woodward (G1) on her way to being crowned Thoroughbred racing’s champion of 2009, is by far the most accomplished offspring of Lotta Kim.

Medaglia d'Oro also was a multiple  Grade 1 winner, including the 2004 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream.

Gladys, a Full Sister to Rachel Alexandra, Breaks Her Maiden in Slop at GP West
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Saturday, October 24, 2020

GP West: Ten Saturday Races, First Post at Noon

The Gulfstream Park West meet has a 10-race card scheduled for Saturday, with first post at 12:00 p.m.

The only carryover is $29,307 on the Rainbow 6. The 20 cent per combination-only bet is on races five to ten. Gulfstream is guaranteeing that the Rainbow 6 pool will be at least $100,000 if there is just one ticket with the  winners of all six Rainbow 6 races. 

The second, fifth and eighth races on Saturday are scheduled for turf.

Saturday is the 16th day of the GP West meet, run at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Friday was the third day in a row and the eleventh in fifteen days overall on which meet sponsor Gulfstream Park took at least one race off the turf due to rain or other wet conditions. 

As of 10:00 a.m. skies are partly cloudy in the areas near Calder.

The Weather Channel forecast is for the chance of rain to range between 50 percent and 100 percent during the afternoon.

We will have updates, including scratches, beginning later this morning  on this  blog.


 

Friday, October 23, 2020

GP West off the Turf for Friday

The Gulfstream Park West meet will not have any turf races on Friday.

All five scheduled-for-turf races have been moved to the dirt, which is listed as Fast.

Those are the first, third, fifth, seventh  and ninth races on the card at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla. 

First post is 12:00 p.m. for Friday's nine-race card, with two carryovers and no stakes races.

Friday is the third straight day and 11th day in the first 15 of the meet on which at least one race has been  taken off the turf due to rain or other wet conditions.

The first  race has a Super Hi-5 carryover of  $3,890. It is a $40,000 maiden claimer for 2-YO fillies. There are twelve entries. A maximum of ten horses can start.

The carryover on the Rainbow 6, now two race days old, is $19,245.  The 20 cents per combination-only bet is on races four to nine, with the sequence scheduled to start at 1:42 p.m. 

The first, third, fifth, seventh  and ninth races are scheduled for turf.

GP West will have a ten-race card on  Saturday and an eight-race card on Sunday-- with first post of 12:00 p.m. and no stakes races.

Watching and Wagering

 The GP West meet is closed to spectators and does not have any live betting on site.

At its track in Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream has its north tent area open on GP West race days for simulcast betting on those races and on other tracks that are part of its regular simulcast menu.

Betting on Gulfstream West races may be done on most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) Internet and phone services. Many sports books, race tracks and OTB offices have simulcasting on GP West races.

Tampa Bay Downs, Hialeah Park and Pompano Park are among Florida pari-mutuels that carry the GP West simulcast schedule.



 


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Rainbow 6 Opener Won by 6-5 Favorite

 Rags for Britches (5), the 6-5 favorite, won Thursday's fourth race at Gulfstream Park West/Calder, to start the Rainbow 6.

The carryover coming in was $8.987, built up over one race day.

Bettors added $42,743  to the Rainbow 6, a 0 cent per combination-only bet.

The race was one mile on the Sloppy  dirt track, a $6,250 claiming race for 3-YO and up.

Rags for Britches rallied from fourth place in mid stretch  and beat Ninetydaysofwinter by  four lengths.  

Marcos Meneses rode the winner for trainer  Carlos Perez.


GP West off the Turf for Thursday

Because of Wednesday's rain and lingering wet conditions, the Gulfstream Park West meet has moved all five of Thursday's scheduled-for-turf races to the  dirt track that  is listed as Sloppy.

Those races are the first, third, fifth, seventh and  ninth.

First post is 12:00  p.m. for a nine-race card atg Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

We will have coverage during the  afternoon on this blog.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

GP West off Turf for Wednesday

There will be no turf racing a the Gulfstream Park West meet on Wednesday, where first  post is 12:00 for an eight-race card. 

All four scheduled-for-turf races have been moved to the dirt  track, which is listed as Sloppy Those races are the first, third, sixth and eighth.

Wednesday is the 13th day of the GP  West meet, held at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

It is the eighth day of the meet on which one or more races have been taken off turf due to rain or other wet  conditions 



Rain Likely to Impact Wednesday GP West Card

First post time of 12:00 p.m. is  approaching for Wednesday's eight-race card at the Gulfstream Park West meet, held at Calder in Miami Gardens.

Heavy rain has been falling around South Florida since Sunday night, and is expected to continue throughout this afternoon.

It is almost certain that all scheduled-for-turf races will be taken off that surface.

Track conditions and scratches should be posted around 10:45 a.m.  Shortly after that, we  will have a preview story on this blog.


 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Lopez Returns to GP West Meet on Wednesday; Zayas Leads Jockeys in Wins, Jaramillo is Second


Jockey Paco Lopez is back in South Florida and is scheduled to begin riding on Wednesday at the Gulfstream Park West meet.

Lopez led jockeys in wins last year at the GP West meet, which is held at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

He has returned from Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., where he led jockeys in victories last year and this year.

Wednesday will be the 13th day of the GP West meet. which will have 40 days and extend until Nov. 28.

Lopez led GP West jockey s with 38 wins in last year's 40-day meet.

Edgard Zayas leads this meet's jockey standings with 19 wins. Emisael Jaramillo is second with 14, followed by Miguel Vasquez with 11 and Samy Camacho with ten.

The Monmouth Park meet closed on Sept. 24. Lopez is getting s late start at GP West because he spent part of this month riding at a Meadowlands-sponsored meet at Monmouth Park.

Lopez and Jaramillo each have six mounts on GP West's eight-race Wednesday card. Zayas has seven GP West mounts on Wednesday.

Lopez, who turned 35 on Sunday, has been a fan favorite in South Florida since he arrived in 19568 from his native Mexico.

He won his first of several riding titles at Calder Race Course and won the Apprentice Jockey Eclipse Award. He led Gulfstream jockeys in wins in 2010.




Monday, October 19, 2020

GP West Resumes Wednesday, Rainbow 6 Pays $249,204 on Sunday

The Gulfstream Park West meet is dark this Monday and Tuesday.

The meet, at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla. , will resume Wednesday with eight races and first post of 12:00 p.m.

GPW West will have a new pool in the Rainbow 6. The 20-cent per combination-only bet will start on the third race with scheduled post of 1:04  p.m.

There will be a carryover of $2,342 on the Super Hi-5 in the first race.  

On Tuedsday morning, we will have additional information on Sunday's resukts and on Wednesday's race card.

It is a $46,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2-YOs.  There can be a maximum of ten starters.

On Sunday's ninth and last race, a victory by Shendam left just one ticket with the winners of all six Rainbow 6  races. That ticket won $249,204  on the 20 cent bet.

Program numbers of the the six winning horses in the Rainbow  6 were 3-8-6-8-7-13.






Sunday, October 18, 2020

Favorite Wins Opening Leg o Rainbow 6

 Galit Jak (3), the 6-5 favorite, won Gulfstream's fourth race to start the Sunday  Rainbow 6,

The Rainbow 6 carryover coming in was $171,219. Bettors added $97,007  to the pool. That comes to just under $270,000.

Gulfstream had guaranteed that the jackpot pool would be at least $275,000 if there is just  one ticket  all six winning horses. So, Gulfstream will need to put in about $5,000 if one ticket takes  down the jackpot.

This is the 12th day of the GP West meet,  run at Calder.

Thus far, each day has had multiple winning tickets in the Rainbow 6. On those days Gulfstream takes out 20 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet. It then divides 56 percent among tickets with six winners and adds 24 percent to the carryover.

 


GP West: 5th Race Off the Turf, 7th and 9th stay on.

 The fourth race is coming up at Gulfstream Park West, with scheduled post of 1:42 p.m.

It will be the start of the Rainbow 6, with a carryover of $171,219.

Skies are clear at GP West, at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

But due to lingering wet conditions, the fifth race has been taken off the turf and moved to the dirt track, which is listed as Fast,

The seventh and ninth races have been kept on the turf, which is  listed as Good,

This link https://www.equibase.com/static/latechanges/html/latechangesGPW-USA.html#sthash.3XJqTSJB.dpbs to the Equibase Web site has click-ons for handicapping material, some free and some at cost.  
We will have coverage this afternoon on this blog.


Bodexpress Wins GP West Feature in Near Record for 1 1`/16 Miles

By Jim Freer

You might coin the word "homestaying" for Bodexpress's win in Saturday's feature race on the Calder track at the Gulfstream Park West meet.

Bodexpress led at  every call and pulled away to beat Identifier by 11 1/4 lengths in near track record time in the 1 1/16 mile dirt race.

 The race was a $62,500 optional claimer with  a $44,000 purse. None of the six entrants were in for a tag.

Trainer and part-owner Gustavo Delgado Sr. used the race to prep the 4-year-old Bodexpress for upcoming  stakes races. He is best known for finishing second to Maximum Security in the 2019 Florida Derby (Grade 1) at Gulfstream Park.

Near-Record Time

With Emisael Jaramillo riding, Bodexpress won in 1:42.53 on the track listed as Fast--just off the track record 1:42,52 that Mr. Jordan set in wining the Millions Classic Preview on Nov. 12, 2016.

Bodexpress is stabled with Delgado, and he trains on the Calder track when he isn't traveling around the country to race in graded stakes.

But the 4-year-old son of Bodemeister has raced only three times at Calder/GP  West--winning all three.

Those were Bodexpress's only wins in 16 career starts. He also has four second place finishes and three third place finishes.

Delgado's GDS Stable owns Bodexpress in a partnership with Top Racing LLC and Global  Thoroughbed LLC.

Rematch

Identifier, Saturday's race  was a rematch of the Hal's Hope (Grade 3)  at 1 1/8 miles on dirt at Gulfstream on March  28.

Identifier, at 60-1, won the Hals' Hope by one length over Just Whistle and another half length  over Bodexpress. 

Bodexpress faced several challengers in the Hal's Hope before seeming to take command early in the stretch.  But he was run down by Identifier and Just Whistle, who was not in Saturday's race.

This time, Bodexpress pulled away in the stretch and Jaramillo had him in hand while nearing the finish line.

Glory of Florida finished third, 2 3/4 lengths behind Identifier. Bodexpress was the 2-5 favorite.  Identifier was sent out at 5-1 and Glory of Florida was 21-1.

The 3-2 exacta paid $9.60 for $2 and trhe 3-2-5 trifecta paid $39.60 for $2.

Anxious Moments 

Bodexpress has provided some anxious moments for his connections while away from Gulfstream Park West while also showing flashes of unfulfilled potential. 

 Bodexpress finished second as a maiden behind Maximum Security in the 2019 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream to earn a start in the 2019 Kentucky Derby (Grade 1). He finished 14th after a rough journey. 

In the Preakness (Grade 1), he unseated jockey John Velazquez when he reared in the starting gate and led the outriders on a merry chase during the race.

Delgado said he will point Bodexpress to stakes races during Gulfstream's 2020-2021 championship meet, including the $3 million Pegasus World Cup  (Grade 1) on Jan. 23. The Clark (Grade 1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27 also is a possibility, Delgado Sr. said.

"We'll keep him happy and healthy. He'll win one of the big ones," said assistant trainer Gustavo Delgado Jr.



 

 

            


Saturday, October 17, 2020

GPW Rainbow 6 Starts With Win By 7-1 Shot

Takedown (2) at 7-1 won Saturday' fifth race at Gulfstream Park West to start the Rainbow 6.

The carryover coming in was $143,323. Bettors added $117,968 to the pool.

Coming up is the ninth race feature.  It is an allowance at 1 1/16 miles on dirt for 3-YO and up. Bodexpress and Identifier head the six-horse field.  We will have a preview and coverage.


 

Rainbow 6 Coming Up at GP West

The fourth race is coming up at Gulfstream Park West/Calder.  

As we reported earlier--races five, seven and ten have been moved from turf to the dirt track that is listed as Fast.

The Rainbow 6 starts on the fifth race, with scheduled post of 2:16 p.m. and still time to get in.  Due to scratches, there are  44 starters, a relatively small number that enhances your chances of hitting it.

The carryover is $143,323.  Gulfstream is guaranteeing that the jackpot pool will be at least $250,000 if there is just one ticket with all six winning horses. We expect that bettors will put $150,000 or more into the Rainbow  6, thus covering the guarantee if needed.

This is the 11th day of the GP West meet.  Two facts to note:
* This is the seventh day on which meet sponsor Gulfstream Park has taken at least one race off the  turf because of rain or other wet conditions.

*The Rainbow 6 has not been "taken down" by a single ticket winner. So on each day, the payoff has worked this way--20 percent takeout, 56 percent divided among tickets with six winners, 24 percent added to carryover.

If you ae handicapping today's Rainbow 6, we say stick with it and don't be afraid to stick in a few extra horses.

The pool is not "life changing." But if you have one or two double-digit horses come in, you could pick up a non-greedy $10,000 or more.

Consider what happened on Friday.  

Betting on the Rainbow 6 was $59,637. There were 41starters. Three winners were favorites, and none of the others were higher than 9-1.

That suggests the possibility of a semi-chalky payoff.

But there were 22 winning tickets and each paid $1,550.74--not to be sneezed at.

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GP West Off the Turf for Saturday

 Following overnight rain, the Gulfstream Park  West  meet has moved all five of Saturday's scheduled-for-turf races to the dirt track, which is listed as Fast.

Those races are the first, third, fifth, seventh and tenth.

First post is 12:00 p.m. for the ten-race card, which is run at Calder.

The Rainbow 6 has a $143,323 carryover. The 20 cents per combination-only bet is on races five to ten with the sequence scheduled to start at 2:16 p.m.

Gulfstream is guaranteeing that the Rainbow 6 will have a jackpot pool of at least $250,000 if there is just one ticket with  all six winning horses.

Bodexpress and Identifier head the field for the feature ninth race. It is 1 1/16 miles on dirt for 3-YO and up--an optional claiming race ($62,500) with a $44,000 purse. Both have hit the board in graded stakes.

Starting later this morning, we will have track conditions and scratches--followed by coverage during the afternoon.

Friday, October 16, 2020

GP West Has 3 Tickets With Rainbow Singles

 The eighth and last race is coming up  at GP West and there are 54  live tickets.

There are three tickets  with a horse singled.  They  are Smarty j and B (2), Ultraconfident (5) and Wolfpub (8).

If any of those  horses wins, the ticket will take down a jackpot of about $185,000.

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GPW Late Pick 5 Starts Wit h Win By 3-1 Shot

Rough Entry (5), at 3-1, won the fourth race at GP West to start the Late Pick 5.

Bettors put $57,861 into the pool. There was no carryover coming in.

The sixth and eighth races have been taken off the turf and moved to the dirt track that is listed as Muddy. 

Rain has held off during the race card at Calder. But skies are cloudy and the Weather Channel is forecasting rain chances of 65 percent or higher  starting around 3:00 p.m. This is the tenth day of the GP West meet, and the sixth on which  at least one race has been moved from turf to dirt because of rain or other wet conditions.   


GPW Rainbow 6 Starts With Win by Favorite

Yes I Am Free (7), the 9-5 favorite, won Friday's third race at Gulfstream Park West to start the Rainbow 6.

Sarasota  County (4), finished second in the field of five horses in the race that was moved from turf to the dirt track listed as Muddy.

The Late Pick 5 is approaching and should go off a about 1:50.  There are only  33 runners total--and there is still time to get in.

The carryover coming into the Rainbow 6 was $129,021.  Bettors added $59,637 to the pool. Gulfstream has guaranteed that today's Rainbow 6 pool will be at least $200,000 if there is just one ticket with all six winners. If that happens, Gulfstream will need to put in about $10,000 of its own money.

Rainbow 6 Coming Up at GPW

The third race  is coming up at Gulfstream Park West, to start the Rainbow 6. The carryover is $129,021.

It is an allowance/OC for 3-YO and up at five furlongs on dirt. It was originally scheduled for turf.

The dirt is Muddy, following rain this morning.

Due to scratches, there are only 38 runners and this might be  a day to play.

 

GP West Off the Turf on Friday

 

At the Gulfstream Park West meet, all four of today's scheduled for turf races have been moved to the dirt track  that is listed as Muddy.

Those races are the first, third, sixth  and eighth for the meet, which is held at Calder.

First post is 12:00 p.m. for an eight-race card

This link   https://www.equibase.com/static/entry/RaceCardIndexGPW101620USA-EQB.htm  to the Equibase Web site has the scratches and other changes.  It has click-ons for handicapping material, some for free and some at cost.

We will have coverage this afternoon on this blog.





Thursday, October 15, 2020

Super Hi-5 Pays $882.30 at GP West.

Foley Square (1), the 8-5 favorite, won Thursday's second race at the GP West meet and that led to multiple winning tickets, each paying  $882.30 on a  minimum $1 bet.

The carryover coming in was $3,962. Bettorssadded $28,573 to the Super Hi-5

The winning combination was 1-2-6-3-7.

GP Super Hi-5 Not Hit in First Race

El Sicario (2), at  10-1, won Thursday's first race at Gulfstream Park West, setting up the prospect of two big exotic payoffs.

There were no tickets with he correct order in the carried-over Super Hi-5. That carryover will be $3.965 on the second race.

The race was the opener of the Early Pick 5, on which there was no carryover.

Wagering on the Early  Pick 5 was $169,362.

If there is another double-digit odds winner, it would significantly reduce the number of tickets with all five winners.

The second race  is a $10,000 maiden claimer at one mile on dirt for3-YO and up.

GP West Entries for Thursday


This link https://www.equibase.com/static/latechanges/html/latechangesGPW-USA.html#sthash.7Dd2O5M8.dpbs to the Equibase Web site has the Thursday entries, with scratches and other changes, at Gulfstream Park West. It has click-ons to handicapping material, some free and some at cost.

The  first race, coming up at 12:00, has a $1,701 carryover on the Super Hi5.  It is a $25,000 maiden claimer for 2-YO. It was scheduled for turf at   1/2 furlongs, but will be run on dirt at seven furlongs.




GP West Moves First and Fourth Races Off Turf

Due to lingering wet conditions, the Gulfstream Park West meet has moved Thursday's first race and fourth race from the turf course to the dirt track which is listed as Fast.

The turf course is listed as Good for the Thursday GP West races, which are run at Calder in Miami Gardens.

As of 10:45 a.m. the sixth and eighth races remain on the turf, which is listed as Good.

First post is 12:00 p.m. for an eight-race card.

The Weather Channel forecast is for a 30 percent chance of rain during racing hours.

We will have coverage on this blog.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

GP West Resumes Thursday, Noon First Post

After being dark on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Gulfstream Park West meet will resume racing Thursday with eight races and first post of 12:00 p.m.

The GP West meet, at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla., also will have racing this Friday, Saturday and  Sunday with first post at 12:00 p.m. each day

The Thursday card will have a Super Hi-5 carryover  of $1,701  on the first race.

The Rainbow 6 carryover, now eight days old, has grown to $112,276. The 20 cent per combination-only bet will be on races three to eight , with the sequence scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.

We will have previews and other GP West racing news on Thursday morning.

Watching and Wagering

 The GP West meet is closed to spectators and does not have any live betting on site.

At its track in Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream has its north tent area open on GP West race days for simulcast betting on those races and on other tracks that are part of its regular simulcast menu.

Betting on Gulfstream West races may be done on most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) Internet and phone services. Many sports books, race tracks and OTB offices have simulcasting on GP West races.

Tampa Bay Downs, Hialeah Park and Pompano Park are among Florida pari-mutuels that carry the GP West simulcast schedule.



 

Monday, October 12, 2020

GP Rainbow 6 Starts With Win By Favorite

Gavel Gertie (7), the 3-2 favorite, won Monda's fourth race at the Gulfstream Park West meet to start the Rainbow 6.

The carryover coming in was $88,549.  Bettors added $98,913 to the Rainbow 6.

 

GP West: Rainbow 6 Coming Up, Carried Over Super Hi-5 Pays $21,139

The fourth race is coming up at Gulfstream Park West to start the Rainbow 6 with a carryover of $88,549.

There also will be anew pool in the Super Hi-5.

The carried-over Super Hi-5 was hit in the thi race, and it paid $21,139 to a single winning ticket on the $1 minimum bet.

Swing Your Partner (1) at 13-1won the race. She was followed by Laughable (2) and Aizu (10) who were co-favorites at 5-2.

The order of finish was 1-2-10-5-4. 

The carryover coming into the third race as $8,197. Bettors added $15,809. Gulfstream combined 85  percent of that with the full carryover on the winning ticket.

The race was a $42,000 MSW at one mile on turf for fillies and mares 3-YO and up.  Samy Camacho rode Swing Your Partner for trainer Jane Cibelli.


 


Super Hi-5 Carryover Grows at GP West

At Gulfstream Park West, today's third  race (scheduled post 1:10 p.m.) has a Super Hi-5 carryover of $8,179. 

There was a  carryover of $5,286 coming into today's nine-race card.

In the first race there were no tickets with the finish in correct order. There are no consolation payouts on the Super Hi-5.

Bettors added $3,516 to the Super Hi-5. 

GP West requires a race to have at least seven starters for it to include a Super Hi-5 bet.

The second race had only six starters.

The third race has ten starters,  It is a $42,000 MSW ace at one mile on turf for fillies and maes 3-YO and up--still with time to handicap.

We expect that $20,000 or more will be bet on the Super Hi-5 in the third--and then keep growing if it is not hit.

Wason (4), at 8-1, rallied in the stretch and  beat S. Muffin (8), at  9-1, by a head in Monday's first race at the Gulfstream Park West meet. 

The order of finish was 4-8-10-2-9.

 

GP West on Monday: Special Columbus Day Card Has Two Carryovers and Noon First Post

Today  is Monday Oct. 12, Columbus Day, and Gulfstream Park is recognizing it by holding a special holiday card at its Gulfstream Park West meet.

First post is 12:00 p.m. for a nine-race card at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

There are no stakes races. But there are two attractive carryovers.

The first race has a Super Hi-5 carryover of $5,286. It is a $46,000 Maiden Special Weight race, at five furlongs on turf for 2-YOs.

The Rainbow 6 has a carryover of $88,549.  The 20 cent per combination-only  bet is on races four  to nine with the sequence scheduled to start at 1:44 p.m.

We will have a more detailed preview on this blog later this morning, after track conditions and other changes have been announced for today.

Schedule

The GP West meet usually has racing on Wednesday through Sunday.

It will be dark this Wednesday and then resume racing Thursday with eight races and first post of 12:00 p.m.

Watching and Wagering

 The GP West meet is closed to spectators and does not have any live betting on site.

At its track in Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream has its north tent area open on GP West race days for simulcast betting on those races and on other tracks that are part of its regular simulcast menu.

Betting on Gulfstream West races may be done on most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) Internet and phone services. Many sports books, race tracks and OTB offices have simulcasting on GP West races.

Tampa Bay Downs, Hialeah Park and Pompano Park are among Florida pari-mutuels that carry the GP West simulcast schedule.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Rainbow 6 Starts with DQ Win By Favorite

 Robin Team Show (1), the 3-2 favorite, was declared the winner of Sunday's fourth  race at the Gulfstream Park West meet after Law of the Land (7) was disqualified for interference in the stretch.

The race was the start of the Rainbow 6.  Bettors added $91,555 to the Rainbow 6 pool.  The carryover coming in was $66,584.

Law of the Land, on the outside, crossed the finish line first by a half length over Robin Team Show.

However, Robin Team Show's rider Cristian Torres lodged an objection against Law of the Land's jockey Samy Camacho for a bumping incident in deep stretch.

The stewards posted an inquiry, and they determined that the incident likely cost Robyn Team Show the win. 

The race was a maiden claimer for 3-YO and up.  It was scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf, but moved to that distance on dirt to help the course dry out.

Skies remain clear, and the sixth and eighth races remain on turf as scheduled.




Favorite Wins GP West Opener, as Skies Remain Clkear

Hokkaido (5), the 7-5 favorite, won Sunday's first race at the Gulfstream Park West meet at Calder  in Miami Gardens,

The race was a $25,000 maiden claimer for 2-YO fillies.

It was scheduled for 7 1/2 furlongs on turf.  GP West moved it to seven furlongs on the dirt track, listed as Fast, with hopes of giving the course more time  to dry out after recent days' rains.

Skies remain clear, But the Weather Channel forecast is for the chance of rain to increase to 50 percent  before 3:00 p.m.

The Rainbow 6 has a carryover of $66,584.  The 20 cents per combination-only bet is on races four to nine with the sequence scheduled to start at 1:44 p.m.

Gulfstream has guaranteed that the jackpot for  the Rainbow 6 will be at least $125,000 if there is just one ticket with all six winning horses.






GP West: First and Fourth Races Taken Off the Turf

Gulfstream Park West has moved Sunday's first and fourth races from the turf to the dirt track, which is listed as Fast.

As of 11:40 a.m. the sixth and eighth races remain scheduled for the turf, which is listed as Good.

There were periods of rain this morning at and around Calder in Miami Gardens, the site of the GP West meet.

First post is 12:00 p.m. for the nine-race Sunday card.

This linkhttps://www.equibase.com/static/latechanges/html/latechangesGPW-USA.html#sthash.KHwmvt6u.dpbs to the Equibase Web site has Sunday's GP West entries, with scratches and other program changes. It has click-ons for handicapping material--some free and some at cost.

The carryover on the Rainbow 6 is $66,584.  The 20 cents per combination-only bet is on races four o nine with the sequence scheduled to start at 1:44 p.m.

*GP West will have a special nine-race Columbus Day card on Monday, with first post at 12:00 p.m.


GP West: Nine Races Sunday and Monday, Noon Post

The Gulfstream Park West meet,, held at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla., has a nine-race card on Sunday with first post at 12:00  p.m.

It will be the same on Monday--nine races and 12:00 p.m. first post for a special Columbus Day card.

There are no stakes races either day.

A main attraction on Sunday is the Rainbows 6, with a carryover of $66,584.  The 20-cent per combination-only bet is on races four to nine, with the sequence scheduled to start at 1:44 p.m.

We will have a more detailed preview later this morning on this blog, after track conditions are av ailable.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Rainbow 6 Opener Won by 2-1 Shot

Three Deep (14), at 2-1, won Saturday's fourth race at Gulfstream Park West to  start the Rainbow 6.

The carryover coming in was $52,404.

Bettors added $59,151 to the Rainbow 6.

Gulfstream has guaranteed that today's Rainbow 6 jackpot payoff will be at least $100,000 if there is just one ticket with all six winning horses.

That is approximately what is in the jackpot if it is hit today--the entire carryover plus 80  percent of the day's new Rainbow 6 bet.

We will have a wrap-up at the end of today's races.



Rainbow 6 Coming Up at Gulfstream

The fourth race is coming up  at Gulfstream Park West with scheduled post at 1:44 p.m.

With racing off the turf, there are numerous scratches (see previous post).  But the six races still have 58 entrants.

The dirt track is listed as Sloppy, for now.  If you are just in early stages of handicapping, there is still time to get serious on the Late Pick 5--starting with the fifth race.

GP West Off the Turf for Saturday

Due to rains earlier in the day, there is no  turf racing (Saturday) at the Gulfstream Park West meet, at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Post of 1:10 p.m. is approaching for the third of nine races, under skies that are clear for now.

Of remaining races the fourth, sixth and eighth have been moved to the dirt track that is listed as Sloppy.

The carryover on the Rainbow 6  is $52,404.  The 20 cent per combination-only bet will be on races four to nine with the sequence scheduled to start at 1:44  p.m.

This link https://www.equibase.com/static/entry/RaceCardIndexGPW101020USA-EQB.html  to the Gulfstream Park Web site has the entries for Saturday--including scratches and other changes.  It has click-ons for handicapping material--some  for freed snd  some at cost.

Per its normal schedule the GP West meet, held at Calder, will have racing on Sunday. It will have a special holiday race card on Monday, which is Columbus Day.

First post will be 12:00 p.m. for nine races on Sunday and on Monday.

 *The GP West meet is closed to spectators and does not have any live betting on site.

At its track in Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream has its north tent area open on GP West race days for simulcast betting on those races and on other tracks that are part of its regular simulcast menu.

Betting on Gulfstream West races may be done on most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) Internet and phone services. Many sports books, race tracks and OTB offices have simulcasting on GP West races.

Tampa Bay Downs, Hialeah Park and Pompano Park are among Florida pari-mutuels that carry the GP West simulcast schedule.


 



Friday, October 9, 2020

GP West: Two Carryovers, Fast & Firm Friday

The  Gulfstream Park West meet has two carryovers on its Friday card, which has eight races and first post at 12:00 p.m.

Conditions are  listed as Fast and Firm at Calder in Miami Gardens, the site of the GP West meet. The Weather  Channel forecast is for a 15 percent  chance of rain during racing hours.

The first race has a carryover of $2,499 on the Super Hi-5.

The Rainbow 6 carryover, now four race days old, is $41,756.  The 20 cents per combination-only bet is on races three to eight, with the sequence scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. 

We will have coverage of today's racing and other GP West news on this blog.


* GP West has added Monday Oct. 12, which is Columbus Day, to its live racing schedule.

Per its regular schedule, GP West has racing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

* The GP West meet is closed to spectators and does not have any live betting on site.

At its track in Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream has its north tent area open on GP West race days for simulcast betting on those races and on other tracks that are part of its regular simulcast menu.

Betting on Gulfstream West races may be done on most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) Internet and phone services. Many sports books, race tracks and OTB offices have simulcasting on GP West races.

Tampa Bay Downs, Hialeah Park and Pompano Park are among Florida pari-mutuels that carry the GP West simulcast schedule.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Gulfstream Park West: Fast & Firm for Thursday; Arroyo Rides Three Winners on Wednesday

The dirt track is listed as Fast and the urf is listed as Firm for Thursday's eight-race card at the Gulfstream Park West meet, at Calder in Miami Gardens.

First post is 12:00 p.m.

The Weather Channel forecast is for a zero percent chance of rain during racing hours.

The first race has a Super Hi-5 carryover of $3,026. 

It is a $12,500 maiden claiming race at five furlongs on turf for fillies and mares 3-YO and up.  There are 16 entries, including four also eligibles.

The Rainbow 6 has a carryover of $32,754.  The 20 cent per combination-only bet is on races three to eight with  the sequence scheduled to start  at 1:10 p.m.

Arroyo Wins Three

Angel Arroyo rode three winners on Wednesday's eight-race GP West card.

Meanwhile, Edgard Zayas and Emisael Jaramillo rode two winners each and Anthony Burgos rode one winner.

The results left Zayas first in victories, with five, after three days of the GP West meet. He led jockeys with 127 wins in the recently completed Gulfstream spring/summer meet.

Arroyo has four wins, and is in second place after three days of the GP West meet. He is a native of Panama and in recent years has been riding primarily at tracks in northeastern states.

Arroyo began riding at Gulfstream late in the summer.  He rode 19 winners in the spring/summer meet.

Jaramillo, Burgos and Samy Cmacho have three wins each at GP West

Schedule

GP West has added Monday Oct. 12, which is Columbus Day, to its live racing schedule.

Per its regular schedule, GP West has racing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The GP West meet is closed to spectators and does not have any live betting on site.

At its track in Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream has its north tent area open on GP West race days for simulcast betting on those races and on other tracks that are part of its regular simulcast menu.

Betting on Gulfstream West races may be done on most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) Internet and phone services. Many sports books, race tracks and OTB offices have simulcasting on GP West races.

Tampa Bay Downs, Hialeah Park and Pompano Park are among Florida pari-mutuels that carry the GP West simulcast schedule.

GP West races are streamed on Gulfstream's Web site https://www.gulfstreampark.com/.

Among ADWs that carry GP West are Xpressbet.com, 1st/BET.com, Twinspires.com, drfbets.com and tvg.com. The first two are owned by The Stronach Group, the parent company of Gulfstream.




 


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

GP West: Fast and Good for Wednesday

The dirt track is listed as Fast and the Turf Course is listed as Good for Wednesday  at the Gulfstream Park West meet, held at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

First post is 12:00 p.m. for an eight-race card.

The first  race  has a carryover of $1,770 on the Super Hi-5. It is $20,000 maiden claiming raced for 2-YO at 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt/

The Rainbow 6 carryover is $20,977. The 20 cents per combination-only  bet is on races three to nine with the sequence scheduled to begin at1:10 p.m.

This link https://www.equibase.com/static/entry/RaceCardIndexGPW100720USA-EQB.html to the Equibase Web site has the GP West scratches for Wednesday.  It has click-ons for handicapping material--some free and some at cost.

Wednesday will be the first of six straight days of racing for GP West.

It has a regular schedule of Thursday  through Sunday.  It has added this Monday Oct. 12, which is Columbus Day.


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Swiss Skydiver vs. Authentic Duel Revisited With Odes to Secretariat, 'Rachel,' I Am Woman


From the Pimlico Facebook page, here is a link to a replay of the stretch run in Saturday's thrilling Preakness (Grade 1)

https://www.facebook.com/Preakness/videos/33293791465883


 Swiss Skydiver (4), the only filly in the race, is on the inside. The 3-2 favorite Authentic (9) is on the  outside.

If you are reading this, you no doubt know that Swiss Skydiver, at 11-1, won the stretch duel by a neck in the Triple Crown race at Pimlico in Baltimore

It is worth viewing the replay several times to appreciate the determination of Swiss Skydiver and Authentic (this year's Kentucky Derby winner).

Swiss Skydiver's Preakness victory was historic for several reasons.

*She won the 1 3/16 mile race in 1:53.28 on the track that was listed as Fast. That is the second fastest time ever in the Preakness--trailing only the legendary Secretariat who ran it in 1:53.00 in 1973.

*Her win was the first in the Preakness  for a filly since the great Rachel Alexandra in 2009. and only the sixth by a filly in the 145-year history of the Preakness.

Robby Albarado rode Swiss Skydiver for trainer Ken McPeek and owner Peter Callahan, a retired publishing industry executive who lives in Palm Beach County in Florida.

Graded Stakes Wins
Swiss Skydiver came into the Preakness with wins this year in four graded stakes, all restricted to 3-YO fillies, and a second place finish in the 1 1/8 mile Blue Grass Stakes (Grade 2) on July 11 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. She was the only filly in a 13-horse field.

That record gave Callahan a high level of optimism  about his horse in the Preakness.

On Friday, he told us "there could be a lot of speed" in the race. 

He said he expected that McPeek would instruct Albarado to keep Swiss Skydiver several lengths behind the leaders early in the race, and then pick a spot to start challenging them.

Authentic, trained  by Bob Baffert, was among  horses that  Callahan and many other horsemen and fans thought would be among early pacesetters.

On Sept. 5, Authentic beat the favorite  Tiz  the Law by 1 1/4 lengths in the Kentucky Derby.

Tiz the Law, whose 2020 wins include the Grade I stakes Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes, did not run in the Kentucky Derby.  Trainer Barclay Tagg plans to race him next in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic,  at  1  1/4 miles at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Authentic came into the Preakness with five wins in six career starts. Four of those wins were in graded stakes--in which he led at every call.

John Velazquez rode Authentic in the Kentucky Derby  and had the mount in the Preakness.

Authentic was the leader after a half mile in  47.65 seconds.

Swiss  Skydiver was in fifth place near the rail and three lengths behind Authentic.

Albarado then moved Swiss Skydiver off the rail She found an opening between horses and movcd into the lead after six furlongs in 1:11.34.

They continued to race in tandem with Swiss Skydiver leading by a half length after a mile in  
1:34.74. They  ran the third quarter on a fast for that stage of 23.50 seconds.

The dominance of Swiss Skydiver and  Authentic was shown in the fact that third place finisher Jesus' Team, at 40-1, came in 9 1/4 lengths behind Swiss Skydiver.

Jesus' Team finished a head in front of Art Collector, the 2-1  second betting choice.  On July  11, Art Collector won the Blue Grass (Grade 2) at Keeneland. Max Player finished  fifth.

The $1 payoffs  were: 4-9 exacta $37.80; 4-9-6 trifecta $1,205.70; 4-9-6-3 superfecta $5,053.00; and 4-9-6-3-8 Super High 5 $64,812.60.

Callahan also had a good feeling about Swiss Skydiver in the Preakness for a reason that did not involve handicapping.

The race came four days after singer  Helen Reddy, who in the early 1970s popularized the classic I Am Woman, died of natural causes at age 78.

That timing left Callahan, his daughters and granddaughters wondering if it might be an omen for their horse.

"The song has meant a lot for women, and we're thinking 'wouldn't it be an irony and special for the memory of Helen Reddy if a filly wins 
(Preakness),?'" he said.

Callahan spent last week visiting relatives in the New York City area.

They had planned to charter a plane and fly to Baltimore on Friday. But they cancelled the trip due to growing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mainly because of COVID-19 restrictions   by tracks, even for owners, Callahan has only attended two of Swiss Skydiver's races this year.

"Our girl has done pretty well without our cheering section being there," he said.

Origin of Name
Callahan watched the Preakness with family members in Westchester County, New York.

His granddaughter Callie Rasnake, known as "the original Swiss Skydiver," was part of that group.

In the fall of 2018 Callahan was looking for a name for a year-old filly that McPeek had just bought for him for $35,000 at the Keeneland September sale.

He wanted a name that would have a connection to her sire Daredevil.

Callahan found it in a Sunday morning text with a photo from Rasnake, who was then a college student spending a semester in Europe.

The text said "Here I am, skydiving in the Swiss Alps."

It took just a couple of seconds for Callahan to decide -- "That's the name--Swiss Skydiver."

Buyers' interest in the chestnut horse that would be named Swiss Skydiver was relatively low because Daredevil was then unproven as a sire.

Daredevil won the one-mile Champagne Stakes (Grade 1) for 2-yearf-olds at Belmont Park in 2014. But he was retired from racing early the next year due to injury.

Daredevil's sire is the multi graded stakes winner More Than Ready.

Expo Gold, the dam of Daredevil, is a daughter of the muiltiple graded stakes winner Johannesburg.

McPeek liked the conformity of his purchase for Callahan, and told him he thought she would do her best once she got into two-turn races.

Swiss Skydiver has turned out to be a major bargain. The Preakness was her sixth win in eleven career starts, and raised her earnings to just under $1.8 million 

That includes wins this year in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (Grade 2), Fantasy Stakes (Grade  3) at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.,  Santa Anita Oaks (Grade 2) and Alabama (Grade 1) at Saratoga.

In her race  prior to the Preakness, Swiss Skydiver finished second by 1 1/2 lengths to Shedaresthedevil, another daughter of Daredevil,  in the 1 1/8 mile Kentucky Oaks (Grade 1) at Churchill Downs.  Shedaresthedevil set a stakes record of 1:48.28.

On Sunday Oct. 4, Shedaresthedevil finished third in the $400,000 Spinster Stakes at  1 1/8 mile on dirt for fillies and mares 3-YO and up  at Keeneland.


What's Next?
McPeek had considered  running Swiss Skydiver n the Spinster, which would have been her first race against older horses. Instead, he chose to put her in a race restricted to three-year-olds.

After the Preakness, McPeek said chances are strong that Swiss Skydiver's next race will be the $2 million Breeders' Cup Daistaff (Grade 1) at 11/8 miles.

He said he also will consider her for the Breeders' Cup Classic

 

Monday, October 5, 2020

GP West Resumes Wednesday With Two Carryyovers

 The Gulfstream Park West meet is dark this Monday and Tuesday.

The meet, run at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla., will resume Wednesday with first post of 12:00 p.m.

On the first race, the Super Hi-5, will have am carryover of $1,770.

The carryover on the Rainbow 6 is $20,977. The 20 cents per combination-only bet is on races three to eight with the sequence scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.

Wednesday will be the third day of the GP West meet.

The GP West meet is closed to spectators and does not have any live betting on site.

At its track in Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream has its north tent area open on GP West race days for simulcast betting on those races and on other tracks that are part of its regular simulcast menu.

Betting on Gulfstream West races may be done on most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) Internet and phone services. Many sports books, race tracks and OTB offices have simulcasting on GP West races.

Tampa Bay Downs, Hialeah Park and Pompano Park are among Florida pari-mutuels that carry the GP West simulcast schedule.

GP West races are streamed on Gulfstream's Web site https://www.gulfstreampark.com/.

Among ADWs that carry GP West are Xpressbet.com, 1st/BET.com, Twinspires.com, drfbets.com and tvg.com. The first two are owned by The Stronach Group, the parent company of Gulfstream.




 




Sunday, October 4, 2020

Super Hi-5 Pays $3,004.19 at GP West

The carried-over Super Hi-5 paid $3,004.19 on the minimum $1 bet in Sunday's third race at the Gulfstream Park West.

The number of winning tickets was not readily available.

Drinks On Me (5), at 7-2, won the $25,000 claiming race that at 1 1/16 miles and run on dirt after being taken off the turf.

The winning combination was 5-9-2-6-3.

The carryover coming in was $20,419.90. Bettors added $54,720 to the pool.

The fourth race, with scheduled post now at 1:50, will have a new Super Hi-5 pool. Look for it to be about $1,000.

It also will be the start of the Rainbow 6, with a carryover of $8,431.

We will have an update at the end of the racing day.

  




Super Hi-5 Carryover of $20,419.90 in Second at GP WEst

 There is a carryover of $20,419,90 on the Super Hi-5 in the third race at Gulfstream Park West.

Scheduled post is 1:15 p.m.

Runners 1, 4 and 8 have been scratched after a shift from turf to dirt.

It is a $25,000 optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles for 3-YO and up.


GP West Off the Turf on Sunday

Following  overnight rain, the Gulfstream Park West meet has moved all four of Sunday's scheduled--for-turf races to the dirt track, which is listed as Fast.

Those races are the  first, third, fifth and eighth.

First post is 12:00 p.m. for the ten-race card, with no stakes races.

This link https://www.equibase.com/static/latechanges/html/latechangesGPW-USA.html#sthash.IjykwoLR.dpbs to the Equibase Web site has Sunday's entries, including scratches.  It has click-ons for handicapping material---some free and some at cost.

The Rainbow 6 has a carryover of $8,4311. The 20 cent per combination-only bet is on races four to nine with the sequence  set to start at 1:40 p.m.

Saturday was opening day of the GP West meet at Calder.

Due to heavy morning rain and intermittent afternoon rain, Gulfstream moved all five scheduled-for-turf aces to the dirt that was listed as Muddy and later as Sloppy.

Samy Camacho was the day's star, riding three winners on the ten-race card. 

 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

GP West Off the Turf for Opening Day

Due to  heavy rain there will be no turf racing on today's opening day a the Gulfstream Park West meet at  Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The five races that were scheduled for turf have been moved to the dirt track, which is listed as Muddy.  Those races are the first, third, fifth , seventh and ninth.

This link https://www.equibase.com/static/entry/RaceCardIndexGPW100320USA-EQB.html  to the Equibase Web site includes the scratches and other changes,  It has click-ons to handicapping material---some free and some at cost.

First post is 12:00 p.m. for a ten-race card, with no stakes races.

There will be a new pool on the Rainbow 6. That 20 cent per combination-only bet will be on races five to ten, with the sequence scheduled to start at 2:23 p.m.

The Weather Channel forecast is for a chance of thunderstorms as high as 55 percent during racing hours.

We will have coverage on this blog.








 





 








            























  

Friday, October 2, 2020

BAUER'S BETS: PREAKNESS PICKS

 The Preakness may appear to be a wide open affair to some, but this season we have a trio of sophomores who have proven themselves in Graded Stakes. They have the class edge, as the rest have yet to reach this level.

ART COLLECTOR (3) is a perfect 4 for 4 this season, may be in peak form now, working strong in the morning. AUTHENTIC (9) is the one to beat after his impressive KENTUCKY DERBY victory for the ultra tough Baffert barn.                      SWISS SKYDIVER (4) a super Filly, will try to follow the hoofprints of the great RACHAEL ALEXANDRA and upset the boys. She has earned the figures to get it done if things go her way.

THE BET  $10 to win on  ART COLLETOR (3)  and a $5 exacta box with SWISS SKYDIVER (4) and AUTHENTIC (9).  3,4,9  Total Bet $40  GOOD LUCK!!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Gulfstream Park West Meet Begins on Saturday Amid Questions About "Where Next Year?"

By Jim Freer

The 2020 Gulfstream Park West meet, at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla., will open on Saturday Oct. 3 with ten races and first post of 12:00 p.m.

The GP West meet will have 41 racing days through Nov. 28, all without spectators allowed because of COVID-19 precautions.

And it could be the final horse racing meet ever at Calder. 

This is the seventh consecutive October-November during which Gulfstream Park has conducted racing at GP West (Calder) under a lease of the Calder track and its remaining stable  area.

Officials of Gulfstream and its parent company, The Stronach Group of Aurora, Ont., and officials of Churchill Downs Inc., Calder's Louisville, Ky.-based parent company, have not commented publicly on the prospects of extending that lease. 

Future Options

If the lease is not renewed, Gulfstream could pursue several options. Most notable are:
*Add October and November to the ten months it already runs at its track in Hallandale, Beach, Fla.

Gulfstream uses October and November for maintenance, including refurbishing its turf course before its always lucrative championship meet that begins each December.

*Work out a lease to race at Hialeah Park.  That track in Hialeah, Fla., has not had thoroughbred racing since 2001.

Bringing back the "T-Breds" was a dream-like goal of John Brunetti Sr., Hialeah's long-time owner who died in 2018.

Hialeah now holds match races with quarter horses, and under Florida's loophole-laden racing regulations, that keeps it eligible for its casino.  

But Brunetti's sons, John Jr. and Stephen, have not shown their father's strong interest in a return of thoroughbred racing,

There also are questions on whether and on what terms Gulfstream might be willing to share some racing dates with Hialeah.

We will soon have reports on what might happen if there is no more racing at Calder and review the 2010-2013 dispute over racing dates that ended with Churchill Downs agreeing to not sponsor any more thoroughbred meets at Calder.

In 2018, Calder opened a jai-alai fronton that enables it to fill its requirement of having a par-mutuel sport in order to keep its casino license.

Schedule and COVID-19

There are no stakes races on this Saturday's card.

There will be a new pool on the Rainbow 6. That 20 cent per combination-only bet will be on races four to ten, with the sequence scheduled to start at 2:23 p.m.

On Friday, we will have a preview of the GP West racing season. 

GP West will have racing on Monday  Oct. 12 which is Columbus Day. It will not have racing on Wednesday Oct. 14 or on Thursday Nov. 26, which is Thanksgiving Day.

GP West will be closed to spectators during the meet, and thus will not have on-track betting. Owners will be permitted in only on days when they have a horse running.

Gulfstream had the same restrictions during its spring/summer meet from April 2 to Sept. 27.

Starting Saturday  Gulfstream will open the North Tent area at its Hallandale Beach track for simulcast betting on the GP West races. Access will be provided to the public on a first come, first served basis.

Entrance to the tent area will be through the north entrance to the tent area off the north parking lot only. A temperature check and screening will be done before entering and guests must always wear their mask.

All guests must be 18 years of age or older.

A Shuttle will be provided from North Tent to the South Valet and Casino Entrance.

For more information call the Gulfstream Box Office at 954-457-6201.

Betting on Gulfstream West races may be done on most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) Internet and phone services. Many sports books, race tracks and OTB offices have simulcasting on GP West races.

GP West races are streamed on Gulfstream's Web site https://www.gulfstreampark.com/




 





 





Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Gulfstream North Tent Will Be Open This Saturday for Wagering on Preakness and GP West

Beginning Saturday Oct. 3, Gulfstream Park will have its North Tent open to the public on a very limited capacity for wagering on the Gulfstream Park West races, at Calder in Miami Gardens.

On Oct. 3, the North Tent also will have simulcast wagering on the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore. Scheduled post for the Preakness is 5:40 p.m.

It will be opening day for the GP West meet, which will have eight races with first post at 12:00 p.m.

The North Tent will be open on each race day at GP West, which is eight miles west of Gulfstream.

GP West will have 41 racing days through Nov. 28. mostly on a Wednesday to Sunday schedule.

The GP West meet will have racing on Monday  Oct. 12 which is Columbus Day. It will not have racing on Wednesday Oct. 14 or on Thursday Nov. 26, which is Thanksgiving Day.

GP West will be closed to spectators during its meet. Owners will be permitted in only on days when they have a horse running.

At its track in Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream will open the North Tent to the public on a first come, first served basis.

Entrance to the tent area will be through the north entrance to the tent area off the north parking lot only.  Gates open at 10:30 am. A Temperature check and screening will be done before entering and guests must always wear their mask.

All guests must be 18 years of age or older.

On Saturday the North Valet, Cash Bar, Grab & Go food menu and Live Tellers will be available.

A limited number of Tables and Chairs meeting social distance requirements will be available, also on a first come, first served basis. 

A Shuttle will be provided from North Tent to the South Valet and Casino Entrance.

For more information call the Gulfstream Box Office at 954-457-6201.

Betting on Gulfstream West races may be done on most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) Internet and phone services. Many sports books, race tracks and OTB offices have simulcasting on GP West races.

GP West races are streamed on Gulfstream's Web site