On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Saturday (April 24, 2021) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 Sequence:

Race 8  SELECTIONS: 5  –  1

#5 The Reign Man is in good form for trainer Gilberto Zerpa.  This 4-year-old gelding has good sustainable speed and is consistently in the top flight when they move away from the starting gate.  He has hit the board in all of his three starts since moving to the new barn last month.  Emisael Jaramillo will be in the irons.  #1 I Kickn has also been a model of reliability for his new connections, that being the barn of Victor Barboza Jr.  Since he was claimed back in February, he too has not been worse than third place.

Race 9  SELECTIONS:  7  –  8  –  4  –  1

#7 Queen Calypso has been patiently handled by her connections and is making her fifth lifetime start for trainer Joseph Catanese III.  Her speed and pace figures are right inline with the group but what I like about her the most is the determination that she runs with.   #8 Choose to Be Happy is returning second off the layoff for trainer Edward Plesa Jr.   Last time out she broke her maiden impressively winning by two lengths with a good speed figure.  Looking back at her races as a 2-year-old, there are some very competitive outings covered up by only two races last year; one of them being a route race, which she clearly did not care for.  #4 My Destiny has not been on the turf since her debut and she did not do well at all finishing next to last.  – Why the include you ask?  The connections saw something in their homebred filly to start her on the turf sprinting. Since then, she has shown good speed going 6F on the dirt and today cuts back to 5F on the turf.  #1 Turn It On did not fare well in her last race as she started awkwardly hitting the gate.  The race before she was outclassed after breaking on top.  There is early speed here in the running lines for this youngster if she can do a little bit better job of sustaining it, I think she has a chance.

Race 10  SELECTIONS: 3  –  6  –  7

#3 Infatuating could very well be a single in this leg.  This filly has won her prior three starts and her last was going this distance at a higher class level; gets the jockey services of Edwin Gonzalez   There is a non-win contender entered into this race with a similar running style who could take too much energy out of Infatuating early so we will include a few others.  #6 Simple Story has a good versatile running style with hard riding Paco Lopez in the saddle.  #7 Rain is making her second start for trainer owner trainer Peter Walder and this will be her third start of the layoff.  A quick turnaround time of 13 days also could be signal that the horse is doing well.

Race 11  SELECTIONS:  3  –  5  –  1

#3 Hera runs back at a similar class level and distance as last time when she won.  Third off the layoff for solid trainer Carlos David, jockey Paco Lopez will be in the irons.  #5 Diamond Play has similar statistics as she too won last time out and this race will be the third off the layoff; she is a more consistent runner at this distance and surface as her previous connections had tried her at many different racing conditions.  #1 Jabuticaba is the fastest mare of the group for the first half of the race by far.  She will set the pace for sure and hast the ability to keep it, but if required to go too fast to maintain the lead she will fold.

Race 12  SELECTIONS:  4  –  3  –  5  –  9

#4 Shining Through fits at this level and should fare well against the competition today; last time out he was steadied at the 3/16th pole.  Reunites with jockey Paco Lopez.  #3 Diligent drops in class today and gets top jockey Edwin Gonzalez.   Will need to get a good trip but has the tactical running style to make it a reality.  Trainer Edward Plesa Jr statistics with turf route runners are very good overall.  #5 Calabash returns to the turf after attempting the dirt last time and was completely not interested, he also gets a little class relief.  #9 Mr. Axel is a home bred gelding running for trainer Michelle Nihei.  He drops in class and has shown good speed early going a mile, gets a half of furlong reduction in distance today.

Let’s Make it Happen !!!

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