On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Friday (April 09, 2021) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 Sequence:

Race 5 SELECTIONS: 5  –  4  –  3

#5 Samaronti is a very well-bred horse by Violence that is making his second start off the layoff for trainer and owner Brendan Walsh.  Brendan trained the horse previously and then claimed him back at his first opportunity, the horse’s very next race.  In his last start the gelding was given a chance on the turf and he did not fare well.  Returning back to the dirt and dropping in class we can anticipate a potential return to form.  #4 Converter has shown good speed throughout the majority of this races in and around this level, breaking his maiden last time out.  Today he is stretching out to a mile and based on his previous pace figures going 6F, he should have no problem with the added distance.  #3 Jacohare could be double digit odds at post time due to his last race in which he was eased after being hampered at the start.  The reason for the include to day is the race two back where he broke his maiden.  In that race he exhibited good speed early and drew off in the stretch to win by 8 lengths; another positive is the latest workout time.


Race 6 SELECTIONS: 4  –  5  –  9

#4 Long Beach Kid drops in class today for trainer Kathleen O’Connell.  This 3 year-old gelding will be making his 5th consecutive start on turf and is very competitive, always within a few lengths of the top finisher.  Hoping that the class relief and continuity with jockey Miguel Vasquez can prove to be the difference today.  #5 Coltonstheadmiral is one of the certified closers in the field and is on the improve for trainer Amador Sanchez.  This three year old gelding broke his maiden last time out in late running fashion and could be aided by the projected pace in today’s contest to be able to do so again.

#9 Hachacha is also trained by Kathleen O’Connell but she has ownership stake in this 3 year-old by Khozan.  In his last race he came running late but the pace was slow and the leaders were able to hang on.  With the projected pace I believe that this closer should also be given consideration.


Race 7 SELECTIONS: 3  –  2

#3 Lauda Speed does indeed have some of the qualities of his given name.  Trained by Saffie Joseph Jr., this 3 year-old by Bayern is dropping in class after finishing a close third last time out going 6F in the slop.  #2 Ocean Ride drops in class and gets Lasix for the first time for trainer Gustavo Delgado.  In his last race he did not finish well but he also did not get the cleanest of starts; his debut race was very strong.


Race 8 SELECTIONS: 4  –  1

#4 Lashara returned to the races in March of this year after a 5 month rest.  In her return she was competitive against a fast pace until she tired in the stretch, should improve off of that effort for trainer Mark Casse.  #1 Shifty She is now in the barn of Joseph Saffie Jr. after a one year plus layoff.  When last seen this mare was a solid runner competing at the 7.5F and 8F distance.  Joseph has a good track record of getting good horses back to the races and they can fire first time off the bench.


Race 9 SELECTIONS: 1  –  4  –  9

#1 Serenade a Kitten is in good form for trainer Mary Eppler.  Last time out this three year-old filly won by a neck going a similar distance and class level; Jockey Edwin Gonzalez has been riding like a man on a mission lately.  #4 Italian Twin is making her first start for trainer Michael Maker after breaking her maiden last time out.  We don’t have to brag about how good Maker is with turf runners.  9 Kate’s Kingdom has been very close in her last two attempts for trainer Armando De La Cerda.  Today’s contest should be very similar from a pace perspective allowing her to be close to the lead throughout with an opportunity to quicken in the stretch.

Let’s Make it Happen !!!

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