On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Saturday(February 26, 2022) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 sequence:

Race 8 SELECTIONS:   2 – 10 – 6

#2 Impressive Speed will be second off the layoff and making his first start for the new barn of Luis Ramirez.  Although it was only one race, this gelding has shown some ability on the turf back in the fall of last year; Irad Ortiz Jr. will be in the irons.  #10 Propensity has good early speed but also has propensity to go too fast too early.  Today he drops in class and they remove the blinkers in an attempt to get this son of Twirling Candy to moderate that speed just a little and have some left at the end.  #6 Red Mule should be considered not based on his morning line odds or his final finishes.  Always in the photo but never in first place, this hard-trying 6-year-old should benefit from the stretch out in distance.

Race 9 SELECTIONS:   2 – 3 – 8

#2 Complete Agenda is the half brother to you guessed it, Known Agenda, last year’s Florida Derby winner.  He will look to start his road to the triple crown potentially with a win here today.  Has good tactical speed and is definitely a win contender.  #3 Montauk Point ran a good second last time out after an extended layoff.  All signs point to progression for this 3-year-old son of Violence; retains the services of Javier Castellano.  #8 Pioneering Spirit will look to pass them all in the lane as this American Pharoah colt likes to come on late.  Trainer Todd Pletcher will look to see if this triple crown nominee has what it takes to take the next step.

Race 10 SELECTIONS:   6 – 1

# 6 Star Seeking was impressive in her U.S. debut last month finishing a close second, running fast early and almost getting to the winner late.  A bullet work a week ago indicates that she is ready for more.  #1 Black Sand draws the rail and should be prominent throughout in today’s tenth race.  Well bred for the turf, this 4-year-old Ireland filly looked good in her return to the races last month on the All-Weather and today gets back to the grass.

Race 11 SELECTIONS:   6 – 3

#6 Meteorito was claimed last time out and returns to the barn of Jorge Delgado.  Dropping in class after running two consecutive second place finishes this gelding should more than likely be favored and deservingly so; Irad Ortiz Jr. takes over the riding duties.  #3 Hierro runs back to the same level as last time but will be looking for a different result for new trainer Jose D’Angelo.  Races last year show that the horse has good early speed and he gets Jose Ortiz in the saddle.

Race 12 SELECTIONS:   1 – 4  – 11

#1 La Maquina ran a solid race last time out and almost got the victory from a difficult post over the same distance and class level.  If he can replicate that performance from the rail, he should be in contention.  #4 Vocalize is stretching out to the mile distance from a five furlong debut where he did okay but broke slowly; has great breeding for the turf and should improve.  #11 Urban Forest ships in for trainer Bill Mott.  He was competitive as a 2-year-old and gets Lasix for the first time as he begins his 3-year-old campaign; should have a say in the final outcome.

Let’s Make it Happen!!!

Leave a Reply

Further reading