On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Saturday(February 19, 2022) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 sequence:

Race 8 SELECTIONS:   2 – 8 – 1

#2 Smokin Bow ran a good second last time out after getting bumped at the start in a race at this same class level but at the 6 furlong distance.  He was claimed out of that race and shows up today stretching out to the 7 furlong distance, which he has proved he is capable of handling. Three races back he finished second in a field of nine as a 2-year-old in mid December at the distance.  #8 Reddington is making his second career start for trainer Rusty Arnold.  On debut he ran a solid speed figure at this sometimes tricky distance of 7 furlongs, attending to the pace the whole time until the rider lost the whip.  #1 Batter Up Bud is a 3 year-old gelded son of Upstart, trained by Saffie Joseph Jr.  In his two prior races he has shown honest figures but should appreciate the added distance as he seems to improve in the latter part of the race.  Gets Lasix for the second time and a rail draw with Castellano in the irons; potential awaits.

Race 9 SELECTIONS:   2 – 8 – 3

#2 Missing Link is a speedy daughter of Kantharos who has an affinity for sprinting on the Gulfstream Park turf.  Her last two races were less than desirable finishes but there could be reasons as to why; including the most recent start when she returned from a long layoff and ran on the All-Weather surface.  Today she runs for a new barn in that of Peter Walder, statistically the Walder barn does well with first off the claim runners.  #8 Trevess is stepping up in class but should not be overlooked against this field, mainly due to her running style and ability to be well placed and finish strong.  There is projected to be a lot of speed in the ninth race and this Laura Cazares trained and owned mare could be one of the beneficiaries.  #3 Hit the Woah is a talented runner that has yet to find her niche but she is second off the layoff for a trainer and rider that know how to find the finish line.

Race 10 SELECTIONS:   8 – 4 – 1

#8 Rocket Joe Copper will look to make today a four-peat, as he has won his last three consecutive races.  Today he runs back to the same level and distance as last time and faces many of the same competitors.  Second off the layoff this youngster is now 9-years-old and is still making it look easy at this level.  The outside post draw should also help to complement his pressing running style; retains the services of jockey Paco Lopez.  #4 Uhtred was narrowly defeated last time out at this same level and distance.  Today this son of English Channel will be making his second start for trainer Gustavo Delgado and gets blinkers.  #1 Devoted Kitten was claimed after his last time out and runs back to the same level and gets Irad Ortiz in the saddle.  As mentioned in the summary for the ninth race, the Walder barn has a positive ROI with first off the claim runners.

Race 11 SELECTIONS:   4 – 1

#4 Miles Ahead is a very competitive gelded son of Competitive Edge that is great form for trainer Edward Plesa Jr.  Jockey Paco Lopez stays aboard and looks to make it three in a row and five for five when he is in the saddle.  #1 Gatsby is also in great form for his trainer Carlos David.  This Arindel homebred has a powerful running style that makes him a contender at this level; draws the rail and gets Castellano in the irons.

Race 12 SELECTIONS:   1 – 2 – 6

#1 Dunnigan is a first time starter for trainer Bobby Dibona.  He has good turf breeding and is showing speed in the morning based on his workout tab.  Dibona’s barn only has a small sample size but does well with runners that debut on the grass.  #2 Irish King did not get off to a good beginning in his only prior start a month ago but showed good interest late.  His Dam has two winners from three starters and one turf winner.  #6 Ableton drops in class after making his first career start over the same surface and distance as today’s contest.  This son of Twirling Candy should improve as he ran decent fractions for a firster for the majority of the race before tiring.

Let’s Make it Happen!!!

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