On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Saturday(February 05, 2022) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 sequence:

Race 8 SELECTIONS:   5 – 6

#5 Radio Days could be used as a single to start.  This Gun Runner filly has been impressive in her two starts winning both easily.  Jockey Dylan Davis made the trip and has several mounts throughout the card, this is one that will make it all worth it.  #6 Girl With a Dream is a Practical Joke filly with a solid number of competitive races under her belt.  She has good tactful speed and her only off the board finish was when she ran in the G1 Spinaway at Saratoga.  Her figures are a little light but she runs with determination and resolve and will be involved in the outcome.

Race 9 SELECTIONS:   10 – 12 – 8

#10 Violent City is one of the few runners that has any recent race participation; he came off a long layoff to run a strong second place finish at 6.5F less than a month ago here at Gulfstream park.  Getting away from the gate cleanly will be the key for this 5-year-old son of Violence, if he does he should be in with a chance.  #12 Candy Man Rocket showed great early speed in his sprints last year before he was given a 9 month rest.  Before he played his cards and took a shots at the longer Kentucky Derby Prep Races, this son of Candy Ride showed that he was a force.  He returns to the track where he broke his maiden and also gets Lasix again for the first time since. #8 Soup and Sandwich was a monster of a 3-year-old and did very well at Gulfstream Park last year.  He seems to be doing well as indicated by the morning workout frequencies and times.  Based on his breeding and his propensity for Gulfstream Park we will include the lunch time combo and see if we can get it at a value; 8-1 seems fair.

Race 10 SELECTIONS:   2 – 6 – 3

#2 Opalina brings a battle tested resume to the table for this event.  She has only been off the board once in her five attempts, and that was a fifth-place finish only beaten by less than two lengths in the G2 Jessaman at Keenland.  Second off the layoff for a small barn that will look to make sure that this runner is ready to do her best.  #6 Ocean Safari will be making her second start off the layoff for trainer Gilberto Zerpa.  Zerpa keeps jockey Javier Castellano aboard for this graded stakes event.  Last time after she was well placed throughout, she was just out kicked late; that was after a three-month rest.  #3 Roughly a Diamond will be coming from off the pace as that is her preferred running style, but has shown the ability to run early in order to be in contention when it matters.  Jockey Julien Leparoux gets a chance at redemption today as last time he was aboard it was in the slop at Keenland and this filly didn’t care too much for it as she bobbled at the start and was eased.  If she gets some pace to run at, she should have something to say about the outcome.

Race 11 SELECTIONS:   8 – 4

#8 White Abarrio has shown good versatility in his three lifetime starts.  In his maiden victory he came from off the pace in a large field and finished strong.  Next, he won a mid-level optional claiming event that was devoid of speed and he smartly went to the lead and drew off when asked.  In his last he tested the graded stakes waters and was in contention for the win until late then battled back for third.  With a good foundation of races and a strong jockey trainer combination behind him, this grandson of Tapit could be the one in here.  #4 Simplification has great early speed and showed last time that if he is allowed to catch a breath on the front-end he will be difficult to pass.  This son of Not This Time is based here at Gulfstream Park and has not finished off the board since switching over to the All-Weather surface.  In a race that doesn’t seem to have immense early pace this could be as simple as Simplification.


#3 Boru was claimed last time out and will be making his debut for the new barn of Peter Walder.  The Walder barn claimed this runner from a 5F sprint on the synthetic and is promptly returning this gelding to the route distance of a mile on the turf.  This son of Curlin has tactful speed and gets the services of a really good turf jockey in Javier Castellano.  #4 Kitten Street hasn’t run on the surface that his breeding is tailored to for in his last four races.  Today this son of Kitten’s Joy returns to the turf and has good early speed and a post position that should help him be prominent in this spot.  #12 Mo Ready is dropping in class and gets top jockey Irad Ortiz aboard.  I don’t believe that we will get 12-1 on this Todd Pletcher trainee, but anywhere in that ballpark would be value.  Last time he ran at Gulfstream Park it was at this distance and he won that race impressively.

Let’s Make it Happen!!!

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