On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Friday(January 21, 2022) – John Pinder

Early Pick 5 sequence:

Race 1 SELECTIONS:   7 – 1 – 2

#7 Uncaptured Faith has the most experience of any runner in the field today and last time out posted a speed rating that was impressive for this level.  Trainer Jose Pinchin is hoping that retaining the services of Paco Lopez and keeping her at the sprint distance will keep her moving in the right direction.  #1 Gran Mamibella is a 3-year-old Runhappy filly that drops in class for high percentage maiden claiming winning trainer Victor Barboza Jr.  Last time out she flashed good early speed then retreated in the stretch.  Coming in off the layoff and getting Lasix for the first time, I anticipate improvement from this one.  #2 Blame the Media is making her debut for trainer David Braddy.  She is a home-bred who’s Dam has produced two winners from two starters.

Race 2 SELECTION:   5

#5 Boldness will be returning to the same class level as last time out when this 4-year-old gelding made his first start for then new trainer Rohan Crichton.  He finished a close third after being bump at the start, that was at the 6F distance.  Today he will be getting back to the route distance of one mile and should be able to outlast this group.

Race 3 SELECTIONS:   6 – 8 – 5

#6 Star Weaver is a 5-year-old gelding that has been claimed in his last two races.  Today is making his first start for new trainer Steve Budhoo, who is moving him up in class.  This son of Dialed in has some back races that display his ability to be very competitive at this level.  #8 Reconfigure is a 10-year-old veteran that is making his Gulfstream Park debut for new trainer Martin Drexler.  Although his last two races were subpar from a timing perspective, this gelding seems to run well off of layoffs.  #5 Hard Belle is an include for two reasons; speed and the unknown.  Hard Belle is a speedy 6-year-old sired by Hard Spun who is trying the All-Weather surface for the first time.  Shipping in for new trainer Elizabeth Dobles, who does well with the transition from dirt to synthetic, at 10-1 on the morning line I think this one could be dangerous at price.

Race 4 SELECTIONS:  1 – 3 – 4

#1 Holding Court ran well enough in her two starts as a 2-year-old.  Today she runs for new trainer Cheryl Winebaugh and gets Lasix for the first time.  Should improve at the longer distance as she seems to do her best running late.  #3 Princess Lean is making her second lifetime start for trainer Juan Avila.  This well-bred filly will get Lasix for the first time and retains the services of Emisael Jaramillo. Last time out she was forced four wide, she should improve after that learning experience.  #4 Fermina Daza makes her racing debut for trainer Christopher Davis, who has a positive ROI when he debuts his runners at one mile or longer.  This filly also has excellent pedigree; Sired by Shackleford and the Dam Papier Mache has five winners from six starters.

Race 5 SELECTIONS:   1 – 2 – 8

#1 Take Charge Ro fits very well in today’s spot.  Even though she will be a luke-warm favorite, it’s seems to be deserving.  Last time out at a similar level and distance she was coming off a sixth month layoff and she just missed; keeps Saez aboard.  #2 Jezebel’s Kitten has a very similar rational for her include.  Last time out she just missed in the same race as #1.  This mare seems to be a little more pace dependent but is always well positioned to be in contention.  #8 Stolen Holiday makes her Gulfstream Park debut for trainer Shug McGaughey.  This well-bred mare has been lightly campaigned throughout her career but rarely finishes off the board.  Her versatile running style coupled with the patient riding tactics of Javier Castellano are factors that you can’t easily overlook.

Let’s Make it Happen!!!

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