On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Saturday (March 6, 2021) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5  Sequence

Race 8: SELECTIONS: 2  –  4  –  1

#2 Tokyo returns from a four months rest and get some class relief.  Primarily campaigned as a turf horse, she is 2 for 2 at Gulfstream Park on the dirt, which is the surface today’s race will be run on; gets the services of top jockey Irad Ortiz.  #4 Antigone returns to the barn of trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. after being claimed away back in December.  Four months ago when under his care for the first time, this filly won at class level two steps above this one.  #1 Lailoni has good early speed and is returning back to the mile distance.  This should allow this 5 year-old home-bred mare to be forwardly positioned, historically that’s when she has performed her best.  Trainer Gilberto Zerpa wins at 33% with second of the claim runners.


Race 9: SELECTIONS: 4  –  5  –  3

#4 Roderick has the highest speed rating of any of the runners in this field.  He also won his last race at class level slightly above today’s contest.  Trained by one the best ‘off the layoff’ conditioners in that of Wesley Ward, this well-bred colt out of Into Mischief, makes his return to the track looking like a strong morning line favorite.  #5 Lauda Speed fits the profile of a horse that it ready to take a his abilities to the next level. This 3 year-old has been in six highly competitive races at different distances and over different surfaces , winning two and finishing second in two.  The experience coupled along with a very good trainer, Saffie Joseph Jr., placing his runners in good spots provides positive vibes.  #3 Willy Boi showed great speed in the G3 Holy Bull, when he sets solid fractions and was overtaken in near the top of the stretch.  Today he returns to the sprinting distance of 6F and should be fit after training for and running in the longer route race.

Race 10: SELECTIONS: 6  –  5  –  4

#6 Miss Auramet has the ability to employ different ways of speed distribution, even at a short distance such as 5F.  Many of her earlier races under a previous trainer, she would go to the front and not look back. Her current trainer Edward Plesa Jr. has her running from off the pace and winning.  Checks all the boxes and is a viable win candidate.  #5 Karak is a 4 year-old well bred filly, out of Japanese sire named Karaontie, who has not been to races for nine months.  Before the layoff, she was competing in stakes races, graded and non graded, even participated at Ascot.  If anyone can have this filly ready to go and return to form, her trainer Wesley Ward can.     #4 A Bit of Both is a Michael Maker trained mare, and will be ridden by Jose Ortiz.  She has been good in most of her races, but the one thing that stands out is she has not had the opportunity to run on firm turf in her last 4 attempts; hopeful that she gets the chance today.


Race 11: SELECTIONS: 3  –  8  –  1

#3 Shea D Summer makes her fourth start today for trainer David Carlos.  In her last race she was out run late, but that was going a longer distance and she was returning from a layoff.  Today she gets back to the 6F distance and she is reunited with jockey Emisael Jaramillo, who was her pilot when she won her two races last year.  #8 Shop Girl is a well-bred filly out of Constitution trained by Chrisophe Clement.  She has run three very competitive races in her young career, all near to the purse for today’s contest; she fits very well from a class and talent perspective. Jockey Irad Ortiz in the saddle.  #1 Boston Post Road is a promising Quality Road filly, trained by Chad Brown.  She broke her maiden on debut in her only prior race in a very professional manner; would not be surprised to see her do well in this one today.


Race 12: SELECTIONS: 9  –  4  –  1  –  2

#9 Donji gets some class relief today for trainer Bobby Bibona, who has solid win percentages with turf to dirt runners.  Should be recipient of a quick pace that slows down in front of her, hard riding Paco Lopez aboard.  #4 Mystical Moon return to the class level and surface he was victorious in two races back.  This gelding out of Malibu Moon is trained by a very small barn, but the operation of Enrique Amado has done very well at the Gulfstream Park championship meet.  #1 Trappezoid was claimed last time out for new trainer Jorge Delgado, who has a sharp 26% win percentage with 1st off the claim runners.  This 6 year-old gelding ran triple digit speed figure back in October of last year, get top jockey Irad Ortiz in the irons.  #2 Powerful Ally is a JIC play.  Just In Case this 7 year-old out of Stay Thirsty decides to hang on to the lead.  Has shown lately that he can get to the front at this level, if he goes on with it, he could win for fun at a big price.

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