On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Saturday (April 03, 2021) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 sequence

Race 7 SELECTIONS: 3  –  2

#3 Loriloupies has been knocking on the door in her last two attempts and should be able to kick it down today.  Third off the layoff for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. this four year-old filly looks to be the speed of the speed for the first half of the race and the others could have too much to do late; minister of speed Emisael Jaramillo will be in the irons.  #2 Comp’d is a four year-old homebred filly that has been campaigned in and around this distance and class level for all of her four starts.  Her only uncompetitive outing was two back when she drew the outside and was forced wide on the turn.


Race 8 SELECTIONS: 3  –  4  –  7

#3 Souper Energizer is second off the layoff after an unsuccessful outing last time out.  During that race this gelding was steadied on the first turn as he attempted to get over from an outside post position.  He was hustled up to remain forwardly placed, the pace was fast and he did not have anything left in the stretch.  A much better draw and some class relief should have this one ready to do well.   #4 Shining Through has finished a close second in his last two races both at this class level.  Just missed last time out after chasing a fast pace where he was unable to get to the front runner losing by half a length.  Trainer Kent Sweezey always has this gelding in good condition as he has been off the board only once in his last five attempts, even in that defeat he was only beaten by less than 3 lengths and that race was at the distance of a mile and one eighth.   #7 Seize the Hay looks to turn things around for top trainer Todd Pletcher.  This four year-old colt seems to have a versatile running style but his last two attempts versus tougher competition he has been running as if he is a certified closer.  Based on his early races, you can see that there is talent here and a little class relief maybe just what is needed to turn things around.


Race 9 SELECTIONS: 5  –  8  –  6  –  7

#5 Quenane remains at the level he has been for his last two races where he has finished first and second.  Ran good race last time and but something happened at the near of stretch where he seemed to stall but the end of the race he was re-rallying and finishing strong.  Has a versatile running style and should be able to run well based on the projected moderate pace projections.  #8 Glory of Florida got a well timed ride last time out and I could see a similar scenario again here today.  Drawn on the outside this 5 year-old should be able to take back stay close enough and have something left for the finish.  #6 Septemberten is somewhat of a outside play but I definitely wanted to give him a mention.  This 5 year-old gelding is stretching out in distance and dropping in class.  The distance is the biggest factor for the include as you can see in most of his running lines that he is finishing strong and the added furlong and a half could be very much to his liking.  #7 Well Defined will be on or near the lead early in this one.  This 5 year-old gelding likes to go to the front and will need to use a little of that natural speed to clear over from post position seven.  Speed on the turf has been very good lately at Gulfstream and jockey Emisael Jaramillo seems to do his best work when he is allowed to set the pace.



Race 10 SELECTIONS: 5  –  8  –  4

#5 Monte Ne is a Well-bred gelding by Bayern that returns to the races after a 48 day layoff for trainer Kelly Breen.  Breen’s win percentages with layoff runners after a similar break is 19% and jockey Edwin Gonzalez is beginning to heat up after coming over last weekend.  #8 Zanno is a lightly raced homebred sprinter who is trained by Wesley Ward.  This four year-old gelding has lots of early speed and looks to improve as he will be running his first two consecutive races in his young career.  #4 Captain Ron is a eight year-old who likes to run from off the pace; in turf sprints that running style is sometimes frowned upon, but in this case I think this veteran should be given a second look.  There are two maybe three entrants in this race who are fast starters who could take the starch out of each other early.


Race 11 SELECTIONS: 12  –  11  –  9  –  13(AE)  –  14(AE)

#12 Gingeronmymind is getting some class relief and is returning to a distance that makes her early speed even more of an asset; owned and trained by Kathleen O’Connell.  #11 Garner State Park last time out was claimed away from trainer Todd Pletcher and today returns to the races after almost a full year.   Based upon the factors of 1) the connections taking so much time and potential care along with 2) the prior consistent running lines of this filly, we will include her. #9 Night Orchid will be making her third career start for trainer Armando De La Cerda.  In her last start she attempted to stay close to a fast opening quarter but was unable to sustain; should improve off of that effort.  #13 (AE) Bonheur should be considered if she makes the starting gate.  Second off the layoff for a young horse that has shown early speed in their prior starts is a factor that plays well at this level.    #14 (AE) Treasured Nikky is another Also Eligible that should be used if her opportunity presents itself today.  Solid jockey and trainer connections for a home-bred filly with good pedigree.   She would be stretching out in distance from 5F to 7F which would also help accentuate her ability to run on late.

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