On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Friday (March 11, 2022) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 sequence:

Race 5 SELECTIONS:  10 – 2 – 8

#10 Bella Future is returning to the races after an extended rest for new trainer Saffie Joseph Jr.   This homebred has shown the ability to be fast early on the turf now moves over to the All-Weather, a move that some horses appreciate; fast workout times indicate he is ready to find out.  #2 Nobel has shown good early speed since returning and moving over to Gulfstream Park.  This will be the third race off the layoff for trainer Cheryl Winebaugh and if this gelding can sustain that speed just a little while longer, we could have ourselves a winner.  #8 Sky Bridge has not been seen at the races since December of 2020.  Today this homebred returns for trainer Rohan Crichton who is solid with runners returning from a ninety plus day layoff; gets Victor Lebron in the irons.

Race 6 SELECTIONS:    6 – 1 – 5

#6 American Tap runs first off the claim for new trainer Victor Barboza Jr.  This 5-year-old daughter of Tapiture will run back at the same distance and level as last time where she was beaten late after pressing a hot pace.  #1 Red Wind is a sometime rare commodity; an effective closer going 5 Furlongs, but she is just that.  Always in the picture at the end, this filly will have the opportunity to save ground along the rail and come with that late push; jockey Jose Ortiz will be aboard.  #5 Fillmore East has run well since moving over to the barn of Jose D’Angelo.  Today jockey Javier Castellano keeps the riding assignment after winning last time out at the non-winners of two lifetime level.

Race 7 SELECTIONS:  2 – 5

#2 Cadencia runs second off the layoff for trainer Todd Pletcher in today’s seventh race.  Well raced as a 2 and 3-year-old this filly has been a bridesmaid one too many times.  Today she runs a sometimes tricky distance of 7.5 furlongs that just might be to her liking.  Last time she ran at this distance she lost by only a nose.  #5 Proliferation ran well on debut last time out for trainer Brian Lynch.  She was attentive to the pace early and pressed the winner until the stretch.  She cuts back in distance but stays on the grass, jockey Julien Leparoux retains the mount.

Race 8 SELECTIONS:     2 – 3 – 7

#2 Smarmy broke her maiden last time out at Churchill Downs back in November going 7 furlongs. After a four month layoff, today she is shortening up to 5.5 furlongs and should have good early speed and be in contention.  #3 No Decaf is a speedy daughter of Khozan that is also returning to the races after a long layoff, in her case it has been eight months since her last contest.  Previously she was sprinting at the distances between 6 and 7 furlongs and was fast early and throughout.  A return to that form makes her a contender; jockey Irad Ortiz will be in the saddle.  #7 Merseyside ran against open company last time out going 6.5 furlongs and that proved too much.  She is always in the running early and if given the opportunity, with her pressing running style, she could have a say if the other main competitors don’t fire well off their long layoffs.

Race 9 SELECTIONS:      1 – 6 – 4

#1 Mozay has been competitive in all three of her previous races.  Today she runs at the same level as last time and gets a favorable rail draw.  She should be able to use her early speed to get into a good position for jockey Jose Ortiz.  #6 Watch It is a 4-year-old daughter of Tapit out of a Galileo Dam.  Unraced as a 3-year-old she ran very well on debut last month earning a good speed rating, doing so with good early pace.  Trained by Todd Pletcher, Luis Saez will be in the irons.  #4 Sanura is a sustained runner that showed good interest late last time after a lengthy layoff.  If she moves up off of that race, she could be dangerous at a price; turf aficionado jockey Julien Leparoux keeps the mount.

Let’s Make it Happen!!!

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