On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Thursday (April 08, 2021) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 Sequence:

Race 4 SELECTIONS: 2  –  6  –  1

#2 Honey Pants returns to the races after a 68 day rest for trainer Christophe Clement.  Last time out she competed in the G3 Sweet Chant Stakes and was only beaten by 3 lengths.  Getting Lasix for the first time along with some class relief, we can anticipate Honey Pants to do well in this spot today.  #6 Mrs Frankel is a well bred filly out of the great horse Frankel.  She has been away from the races for 5 months last seen up at Woodbine back in October of last year.  Trainer Mark Casse is very good with turf runners that are allowed to mature and be given time they may need to progress.

#1 Por Que No has won her last three starts and continues to progress up the class rakings for trainer Kent Sweezey.  Her versatile running style and most recent workout on the turf make her a must include.

Race 5 SELECTIONS: 3  –  2  –  6

#3 Colliery is a very lightly raced horse, as this will only be his fourth career start and he is now a 5 year-old.  Dropping down two classes and running for the connections of trainer Kent Sweezey and jockey Emisael Jaramillo, this well bred son of Mineshaft should be ready to put in a good effort.  #2 Viking Plunder is a hard trying grinder that is running at the same level as last time.  In that race he was well placed but ran out of real estate as his best running was near the end of the 7.5F contest; today he stretching out to the distance of 9F.  #6 Gun of Glory is a very consistent 4 year-old gelding by Tiznow.  This will be his third attempt at this race (same class and distance) and in both of those he was within striking distance for the win; Paco Lopez retains the mount.

Race 6 SELECTIONS: 2  –  5

#2 Florado looks to be the speed of the speed early on in this contest.  Moves to a new barn that is a small operation but has been very successful based on the number of winners they have produced during this meet.  Very fast recent workout in the morning provides signal that this filly is ready to run.  #5 Gone to Cabo is dropping in class for trainer Jorge Delgado.  She has shown flashes of her ability and is cutting back in distance which should help her chances.

Race 7 SELECTIONS: 4  –  7

#4 Uncle Fun has matured into a new style of running where he is much more involved in the race early on.  In his last two starts, which were at a similar level and distance, he has shown good early speed and is sustaining it throughout the one mile distance.  #7 Chao is making his first start for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr.  Joseph continues to excel with first after the claim runners and we look for that trend to continue with this youngster.  Last time out he ran a good race where he closed well into a hot pace.

Race 8 SELECTIONS: 1  –  3   –  7

She #1 Kahiko is a lightly raced 4 year-old who is making her 2nd start of the layoff and first time out for new trainer Kent Sweenzey.  She hasn’t shown much speed out of the gate and that seems to be one of her main inhibitors to being more competitive.  Hard Riding Paco Lopez likes to be involved early on and should help this filly to be more forwardly placed today.  #3 Alexandra Am I has good early natural speed and has the ability to take them from start to finish.  The majority of her races has been at the 5F distance, in which she has not been fast enough for this level. Stretching out to 7.5 may help make her mid race punch more effective.  #7 Easy On the Sugar is a well bred 3 year-old filly by Frosted, this will be her second start for solid trainer Saffie Joseph Jr.  In her last outing when she faced tougher she participated in a 5F sprint and ran just okay.  Today dropping down two class levels and stretching out in distance gives her reasons for the include.

Let’s Make it Happen !!!

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