On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Friday(January 14, 2022) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 sequence:

Race 6 SELECTIONS:   3 – 5 – 1

#3 Demogorgon  has an early turn of foot and should be well placed in this one.  She tried the turf last time out and she was unable to hold on at the top of the stretch.  One of the trends that I have seen is that runners coming up from Woodbine that have done well on the All-Weather surface up there, have been holding their own on the surface at the championship meet so far.  #5 Vexednrelaxed has shown the desire to be up near the lead in all of her races.  Coming in off of a layoff and getting Lasix for the 1st time combined with jockey Paco Lopez’s affinity for the front, I look for this one to be very competitive.   #1 Datttsafancyfox is dropping in class for trainer Brian Lynch, who’s runners are doing very well this meet.  Gets Lasix for the first time and could have a chance based on her strong debut.

Race 7 SELECTIONS:   3 – 7

#3 Living Water was claimed last time out and runs back today at the save level but switches surfaces for new trainer Rohan Crichton.  Crichton is strong first off the claim as well as the Turf to Dirt statistic.  With the addition of Lasix and jockey Luis Saez signs point to improvement.  #7 Brit’s Candyman is a well-bred 3-year-old making his first-time starter today and is sired by Valiant Minister and his dam British Event has three winners from four starters. He is owned and trained by Rohan Crichton who looks to have this one ready for a good debut as this colt has been showing good speed in the morning works.

Race 8 SELECTIONS:  5 – 2 – 6

#5 Capturini won her last time out at the non-winners of two lifetime, now steps to the next level.  This will be her fifth start but she has never been able to run consecutive races without layoff in between; retains the services of Luis Saez.  #2 Red Wind is very competitive at this level and distance.  She has found a niche on this surface as well.  Based on her last workout, her long-time trainer Antonio Sano seems to have her ready for another solid performance.  #6 Day’s Humor is a include in a field that doesn’t have a clear standout winner.  This mare does have talent and has run solid speed figures at higher class levels.  Her last race was a little bit of a head scratcher, but she could bounce back at a mid-level price.

Race 9 SELECTION:   5

#5 American of Course will be a short-priced favorite and for good reason, her speed.  This home-bred mare’s last race was after a 4-month layoff when she ran fast fractions for the first half of the race and tired at the end.  Today she runs at a similar level but shortens from 6F to 5.5F.  Looks to be the one to beat.

Race 10 SELECTIONS:   3 – 1 – 6

#3 Alley Oop Johnny is making his second start off the layoff after being claimed by new trainer Michael Maker.  This son of Animal Kingdom has shown the pattern of quick fractions early and tailing off late.  I am anticipating that his new turf trainer extraordinaire will have this one a little more balanced; but at this level with his natural running-style he will be dangerous.  #1 Hail to the Chief is the best closer in the field.  Running today off of a two-month layoff for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., this gelding might appreciate the switch in surface.  His only prior race on turf did not go so well but it was against much tougher company and he was taken out of his comfort zone as he drew the outside post in a field of 12.  He was forced to go to the front early and completely folded after the first call.  Today’s scenario is much different.  #6 Over the Channel is returning from a six-month rest and very well may need a race to do his best, but this gelding loves Gulfstream Park; he also fires well after returning from layoffs.  The only mild concern is the drop into the claiming company, but owner trainer David Fawkes is a strong 18% in that statistical category.

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