On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Saturday(February 25, 2023) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 sequence:

Race 8 SELECTIONS:    6  –  8  –  9  –  10

#6 Sosua Summer ran a close second last time out at this level after returning from a layoff for trainer Bill Mott.  He has good tactical speed and should appreciate the 7.5Furlong distance.  #8 Strong Quality has never raced on the grass but has a running style that is conducive with good turf runners, trainer Mark Casse knows a thing or two about the turf.  #9 Chasing the Crown is always in contention near the finish line and should be again today.  He is running second off the layoff for trainer Michael Maker.  After being away for almost seven months, he returned to press a really hot pace last time out and weakened late at this same level.  #10 Hoku returns from an attempt at a mile and half last time out at Tampa, in which he led most of the race before tiring.  On debut he showed a different running style at the mile distance; has the potential in this race if he can find the right mix.

Race 9 SELECTION:    7

#7 Candy Man Rocket will be making is second start off the layoff for trainer Bill Mott.  He came back strong from the break and should improve and able to get a good pace setup in today’s ninth race.

Race 10 SELECTIONS:   4  –  7  –  11

#4 Makin My Move has the gate to wire potential that you always have to be mindful of on the turf at Gulfstream.  She should be able to secure good inside positioning into the quick first turn.  #7 Chili Flag ships in for turf trainer extraordinaire Chad Brown; gets Lasix for the first time and gets the services of Jose Ortiz.  #11 Spanish Baroque is a well bred filly that ships in for trainer Chad Brown and gets Lasix for the first time; respect based on pedigree and connections.

Race 11 SELECTIONS:   2  –  6  –  8  –  9

#2 Principe d’Oro has been away from the races for ten months and returns today for trainer Todd Pletcher.  When last seen he earned a very good speed figure and his recent workouts have been solid.  #6 Bourbon Creed is a lightly raced four-year-old that is coming off a close third place finish at this level but will have a slightly longer distance to run them down.  #8 American Prince will be running first off the claim for trainer Michael Maker.  His early running style will make him dangerous and with jockey Paco Lopez in the irons it could be the right combination to make it happen.  #9 Judge Davis will be running second off the layoff for trainer Shug McGaughey.  He ran a solid second at this level and should be able to handle the increase in distance from 6.5Furlongs to the mile.

Race 12 SELECTIONS:   5  –  8

#5 Gotta Like Him returned the races last month after a long layoff and was intent on getting the lead. He held it until the top of the stretch but went way too fast and had nothing left; rider change to Javier Castellano. #8 Carl Spackler won impressively on debut earning a very good speed figure; running for one of the top turf trainers, Chad Brown, this colt will be a short price on the tote but at this point is deservingly so.

Let’s make it happen!!!

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