Gulfstream Park West opens it’s two month meet today, with 8 races and a first post time of 1:15 PM ET. G.P. West will run it’s Fall Festival of racing through November 25th, with 40 days of live racing. The Stronach Group has contracted with Churchill Down’s – the owner of the property – to run and manage the meet; contractually through the 2020 race season.
There are 8 races scheduled today, with 77 entries and a $198,500 purse total. All races are claiming races, with race 4 a two-year-old maiden claimer.
The Rainbow 6 wager starts anew today, with race 3 with a 2:20 PM post time. 61 starters are expected in the 6 races (3-8).
On Sunday, the Hallandale track, located 8 miles east, ended it’s summer meet. The end of that meet yielded 11 races and a weird day of favorites winning the late races. The multiple race payoffs were painfully low. Five of the last 6 races were won by the favorite horses, so that resulted in these payouts:
Late Pick 4: $15.85
Late Pick 5: $38.80
Rainbow 6: $71.32
Our data from Equibase and other sources estimate there were about 10,900 winners on the Rainbow 6 ! The pool was $807,047. That’s just crazy, showing the system in action in para mutuel wagering.
Handicapping the Gulfstream Park West races will be no easy feat, as bettors and horses will no doubt need some time to adjust to the track conditions. Last year (2017), this meet opened with 3 days of rain, where all races were taken off the turf. Not the case so far weather-wise this year.
So brace yourself for some excitement and fun the next 7-1/2 weeks of racing at Gulfstream Park West.