Gulfstream Park hosts the Florida Sunshine Millions on Saturday, January 28. Big name horses and $1.3 million of purses are featured in the six race series. The undefeated four year-old filly Awesome Feather goes for her ninth victory in race five, the Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff. Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Eclipse winner Musical Romance returns to the track in the race 6, the Filly and Mare Sprint. The fan favorite Mucho Macho Man, who ran in all three legs of the 2011 Triple Crown will try and get a win in the Classic, which is carded as race 10.
Race 5 – $300,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff– I have to go with #4 Awesome Feather to continue her winning streak here. Trainer Chad Brown has done a masterful job with the Stronach runner that was originally purchased for $2,300,000.
Race 6 – $150,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint – I am going to try and beat Musical Romance as 6F does not seem to be her best distance. #1 It’s Me Mom has tremendous speed and could get loose on the lead here. Twitter master @EJXD2 calls It’s Me Mom his best bet of this very busy weekend of racing. I will give the nod to #7 Beat the Blues. In twelve 6F starts this runner has gone 8-3-1.
Race 7 – $150,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint – The race sets up for #7 Apriority to run down the pace setters and get the win.
Race 8 – $150,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf – #5 Romacaca always runs a good race and has a G3 win. She is training smartly for her return to the races. She holds a class and Beyer Speed Figure edge on this field. There are four horses that ran in the 2011 edition of this race including that year’s winner #7 Trip for A. J.
Race 9 – $150,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Turf – Again I will try and beat the favorite. 8-5 morning line #5 Little Mike is in a race that seems to be at least 110 yards too long. The Graham Motion runner #1 Slews Answer went :58-1 in a 5F turf workout and gets a rider change to Ramon Dominguez.
Race 10 – $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic – #6 Mucho Macho Man is the likely favorite, but he needs to prove to me that he really wants to win a big race. Thus, I will go with #3 Adios Charlie who returned to the races with a convincing win at Gulfstream Park, though the mile and eighth could be an issue for him.
The 50¢ pick 5 runs from races seven through eleven. Here is my modest $36 ticket: 1, 7 with 5 with 1, 3, 10 with 3, 5, 6, 7 with 3, 10, 11.