Horse racing continues to take place daily during the coronavirus pandemic, and on Saturday a strong and well-balanced field meets in the 2020 Sunshine Forever Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The 1 1/16-mile race on the Gulfstream Park turf course, which has a 4:59 p.m. ET post time, attracted a field of 12, including 2019 Preakness Stakes winner War of Will. The Brian Lynch-trained Admission Office has been installed as the 5-2 favorite in the 2020 Sunshine Forever odds.
Two Todd Pletcher-trainees, Social Paranoia and Halladay, are among the other top contenders in the 2020 Sunshine Forever field at 3-1 and 4-1, respectively. War of Will is a 10-1 long shot after having drawn the far outside post No. 12. With the race featuring a large and accomplished field, you'll want to see the horse racing predictions from racing insider Bob Weir before making any 2020 Sunshine Forever picks.
Based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Weir has been handicapping and following horse racing since reading Andy Beyer's landmark handicapping book "Picking Winners" in the late 1980s. Weir is highly invested in the Beyer Speed Figure, a number assigned to every race run by a horse that measures how fast the horse ran. He uses the figure as the backbone of his handicapping. In fact, thanks to his proficiency with speed figures and top-tier handicapping, he landed one of just eight spots on Beyer's figure-making team in 2017, a position he holds to this day.
Weir's methodology has produced multiple five-figure days. In 2014, he hit a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar on a $144 ticket. The following year, he nailed a $31,000 Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park on a $36 investment. In 2016 and 2017, Weir qualified for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas.
And this year, his first for SportsLine, Weir has been on fire on his horse racing picks. In January he crushed the Pegasus World Cup, giving out an $8 exacta and a $1 trifecta, winning $757.60. In February's Sam F. Davis Stakes, he gave out the $.50 superfecta, which paid $150.75. Last month Weir correctly pegged Wells Bayou to win the Louisiana Derby.
He nailed the late Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park on both April 9 and April 10, hitting for $827.65 and $394.65, respectively. On April 30 he tagged the early Pick 4 at Gulfstream for $154, and on May 2 he scooped up the middle Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park for $477.90. Anyone who has followed his lead is way up.
Now Weir has studied the 2020 Sunshine Forever Stakes field, made his picks and constructed his tickets. He's only sharing them here.
2020 Sunshine Forever Stakes predictions
Weir is largely fading Admission Office even though he's the favorite at 5-2. A 5-year-old son of Point of Entry, Admission Office has three wins, five seconds and two thirds in 12 career starts. He is coming off a second-place finish behind Zulu Alpha in the Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 29.
But Admission Office took advantage of a nice pace set-up that day, rallying into a hot pace to make up 11 lengths on the leader. "The bottom line: at his expected odds, I prefer him underneath, not on top," Weir tells SportsLine.
However Weir is high on Hawkish, a 10-1 long shot. A 5-year-old son of Artie Schiller, Hawkish has four wins and one second in eight career starts. He last raced on Oct. 5, finishing seventh in a six-furlong turf sprint at Belmont.
But Saturday's race is at 1 1/16 miles, and Hawkish's performances at distances from 1 mile to 1 1/16 are solid. "He will need to be ready off the layoff, but he looks like he has been training forwardly," Weir said.
How to make 2020 Sunshine Forever Stakes picks
In addition Weir's top two picks are double-digit long shots. These horses have been successful in the past and could light up the tote board on Saturday. You can see who they are, as well as his entire leaderboard, here.
So what double-digit long shots is Weir playing to win the Sunshine Forever Stakes 2020? And what other horses do you need to include in your exactas, trifectas and superfectas? Check out the latest Sunshine Forever Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Weir's Sunshine Forever Stakes picks, and find out.
2020 Sunshine Forever Stakes odds
Admission Office (5-2)
Social Paranoia (3-1)
Just Whistle (8-1)
War of Will (10-1)
El Tormenta (12-1)
Highland Sky (15-1)
Sand Dancer (20-1)
Cullum Road (20-1)
Regally Irish (20-1)