On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Saturday(February 18, 2023) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 sequence:

Race 8 SELECTIONS:   1  –  2  –  11

#1 Mondego is a first time starter with a very good turf pedigree on the top and the bottom.   #2 Fayette Spirit ships in from Tampa and will be making his third career start, second off the layoff.  Hasn’t been wonderful but a son of Kitten’s Joy trained by Chad Brown on the turf that is 5-1 on the morning line in a wide-open race, could provide value.  #11 King d’Oro showed vast improvement last time out, which was his first race off the layoff; coincidently that was also his first time over the turf.

Race 9 SELECTIONS:   1  –  4  –  8

#1 Carrothers will be running second off the claim and drops in class.  Gets the benefit of the rail draw and should be able to secure an advantageous spot for his attempt.  #4 Cashier Check is returning from a three months rest for trainer Victor Barboza Jr.; he has good early speed and has the potential to go gate to wire.  #8 Venezuelan Triumph is the stable mate of Cashier Check and also returns for the Barboza Jr. barn.  He has good versatile speed and has hit the board at this level in his last two attempts.

Race 10 SELECTIONS:   3  –  4  –  5

 #3 Exchange Day returns to both a level and surface that he is more competitive on; will get the services of jockey Miguel Vasquez.  #4 Brit’s Candyman will be making his first start for new trainer William Tharrenos.  Third off the layoff for a colt that drops back into state bred company; last time he made that move he got the victory.  #5 Feelthebeat will be running second off the layoff for trainer Kevin Attard.  Has earned his highest speed figures on the turf, which he returns to today; top jockey Irad Ortiz will once again be in the saddle.

Race 11 SELECTIONS:   2  –  3

#2 Kathleen O. needs no introduction to Gulfstream Park racing fans.  This graded stakes winning filly returns to the track where she kicked rear end last spring. She ran against the top three-year-olds in the country in the Kentucky Oaks and just couldn’t keep pace.  Today she returns to face a good group off a layoff but should be ready to restart her winning ways in Hallandale Beach.  #3 Midnight Stroll has good versatile speed and will be making her four-year-old debut off a three months rest for trainer John P. Terranova II.  Jockey Edgard Zayas should be able to sit a good pressing trip behind a need the lead runner.

Race 12 SELECTIONS:   10  – 12

#10 Calabrian Queen made her debut last month at this same level and distance.  In that race she was bumped at the start but ran on well; retains the services of jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.  #12 Just a Care has not been seen at the races since last June, but during that debut she showed very good early speed before weakening late.  Returns today and gets Lasix for the first time for trainer Rusty Arnold.

Let’s make it happen!!!

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