On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Saturday (March 13, 2021) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5  Sequence:

Race 8 SELECTIONS: 5  –  4  –  2

#5 Bourbon in May is a 5 year-old that specializes in long turf route races.  2nd of the layoff for trainer Mike Maker is definitely a positive, as this runner looks to return to the form he had when he won three consecutive last summer.  Based on the other competitors and their running styles, I don’t see a pace scenario that he cannot overcome.  #4 Yamato had an impressive outing at this level two races back.  Jockey Luis Saez, who will ride him again today, put him in a great stalking position and when the time came to sprint home he responded nicely.  Runs for a smaller barn in that of Murat Sancal, but this gelding is lightly raced a always shows up well on the turf.  #2 Soglio is a 7 year-old veteran that does his best running at Gulfstream Park.  Last time out he attended a blazingly fast pace and was nailed at the wire by our co selection Bourbon in May.  This will be he first consecutive start without a layoff for a while, a potential sign from trainer Steve Klesaris that gelding is healthy and doing well.


Race 9 SELECTIONS: 1  –  6  –  8

#1 Gwaun River Valley will be making his second career start for trainer Christophe Clement.  Two months ago on debut he did just fine going a mile on the dirt up at Aqueduct, finishing a respectable second.  The horse that beat him on that day went on to finish second in the G3 Withers Stakes.  #6 Please the Pharoah is one of the few youngsters in today’s ninth race that has gone this distance and showed any signs of affinity for mile and one-eighth.  With his name spelled the way that it is we instantly know that he is a son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.  This will be his fourth start which have all been on turf going a route of ground.  Last time out he sat close to a really fast pace and had to steady slightly in the lane finishing a close fourth.  #8 Fly Like an Eagle is making his second start for trainer Barclay Tagg.  On debut this Constitution bred colt finished third in field of eleven going a mile and a sixteenth; Jose Ortiz remains in the saddle.


Race 10 SELECTIONS: 2  –  3

#2 Funnybet will be making her second start off the layoff for trainer Dale Romans.  Last time out she ran at this same level and distance narrowly losing by a nose after a bad start.  Only off the board once, which was her debut race, this filly will be tough to beat; Johnny V will be in the saddle.  #3 Don’t Get Khozy is consistent hard-nosed filly trained by Antonio Sano, ridden today by Junior Alvarado.  Although she is stepping up in class slightly, she fits well with this group as she is tactical and has great late pace.  If she gets a target to run at she will be a major factor.



Race 11 SELECTIONS: 6  –  4  –  1

#6 Mai Ty One On does extremely well sprinting on the turf at Gulfstream Park, he has won his last three last attempts at this distance.  Luis Saez, who will be in the irons today, always gets him in a a forward position and comes roaring home in time.  Steps up in class but should continue to improve third off the layoff for trainer Jane Cibelli.  #4 Carotari is a 5 year-old that looks to be very well suited for a good run in today’s non graded stakes contest.  As trainer Brian Lynch has solid win stats with shippers and second off the layoff runners, this gelding is coming off a solid performance down at Sam Houston Race Park where he lost be a neck in a similar stakes races.  Runs well at Gulfstream Park and retains the services of Julien Leparoux.  #1 Yes I Am Free is just a slight notch below from a speed perspective than our other selections for this race, but should not be left off your multi-race wages.  Trainer Mark Casse needs no touting and this gelding is 3rd of the layoff with Jaramillo in the saddle, all factors that should not be discounted.


Race 12 SELECTIONS: 1  –  5  –  4  – 10

#5 Digital Footprint is dropping in class for trainer Mike Maker.  Last time out this gelding contested allowance company going a similar distance and did not have enough to finish late, fading to fourth. Today he is running against a level similar to one in which he was victorious three race ago, Tyler Gaffalione retains the mount.  #1 Ninja Dust competed at this level last time out and did not engage in the early running and was too far back to have say in the outcome.  Today trainer Carlos Martin adds blinkers and assigns a new rider, Luis Saez, in an attempt to see improvement.  #4 Danzing Dunhill returns after a nine month layoff for trainer George Weaver.  If this 4 year-old gelding returns to 80% of his previous form he will be dangerous in this spot.  #10 Kunal is somewhat of longshot reach but has shown in prior races last year that he possesses ability.  In his last race he gave way in the stretch, but that was after a 4 month layoff.  Going back to his races at Gulfstream Park in the late summer at this level he was very competitive.

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