On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Friday (April 16, 2021) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 Sequence:

Race 5  SELECTIONS: 8  –  3

#8 Excalibur has failed in his last two attempts at a similar distance and class level, but not by very much at all.  He is hard trying and always in contention and should have a good opportunity to return to the winner’s circle, based on his level of competition that he faces here today.  #3 Rack Gin is also looking to find his way back to the winner’s enclosure.  He has been in contention at this level after several attempts but has not been able to get to the winners.  The rationale for the include today is that he his stretching out two additional furlongs.

 

Race 6  SELECTIONS: 5  –  3  –  2

#5 Omaha City will present some value in this spot as he doesn’t have tremendous speed.  What I like about this 3 year-old colt is his ability to close at the sprint distance.  Last time out he was simply out classed in the Texas Glitter Stakes but was only beaten by less than two lengths.  Before that attempt at 5F, he had participated in two one mile races that did not suit his running style.  #3 U. S. Steel has not raced since July of last year when he won a debut at DelMar impressively by three length. His workout tab shows that new trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. has been working him consistently in the mornings.  There are bullet workout times scattered through his listed training times, looks ready to but in a good return.  #2 No Que No drops in class for trainer Fausto Gutierrez. He was out run in the Texas Glitter Stakes back in March, but before that effort he was very competitive at this level.

 

Race 7  SELECTIONS: 1  –  2  –  3

#1 Briella is making her second start off the layoff for trainer Kelley Breen.  Last time out this 3 year-old filly ran against a tougher group and was in contention until she was pressed and gave way, today she looks to build on that effort.  #2 Pulling Strings is making her fifth career start and has shown improvement in each of her attempts.  Although stepping up in class today, her figures in her last outing make her a win candidate versus todays competition. #3 The Biggest One has done nothing wrong in her two prior lifetime races.  A competitive second on debut followed by a victory with an improving time for the same distance.  Jockey Edwin Gonzalez is one of the meets leading riders.

 

Race 8 SELECTIONS: 2  –  8

#2 Kroy is a deserving morning line favorite and will more than likely be the post time favorite as well.  He is in good form and should be able to sit a forward placing based on the projected pace; Jockey Emisael Jaramillo should complement his running style as he likes to put his horses in the race early.  #8 Zero Gravity has the ability to be close up and finish well and that should bode well in today’s 8th Race.  Going a mile and sixteenth with a good pace out in front of him should provide this 6 year-old gelding with an opportunity to finish strong like last time.

 

Race 9  SELECTIONS: 3  –  1  –  5

#3 Mumbai is a well bred 4 year-old filly by Street Sense.  Making her second start of the year and fourth overall, this Christophe Clement trainee has good early speed and is one of the few runners in today’s contest with multiple races over the track and at the distance.  Hard riding Paco Lopez will be in the irons.   #1 Wise Memories is a first time starter, sired by Tapit, running today for trainer Ralph Nicks.  Nicks is solid with debut runners and jockey Edgard Zayas has been fire for the past 7 days.  #5 Rasmalai is another first time starter that deserves to be on the ticket.  Trainer Georgina Baxter has one of the best win percentages at Gulfstream Park with horses making their debut and she also has strong numbers with turf sprinters.

Let’s Make it Happen !!!

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