On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Thursday(February 03, 2022) – John Pinder

Early Pick 5 sequence:

Race 1 SELECTIONS:   6 – 7 – 8

#6 Ziggy is cutting back in distance from 8F to 7F today for the red hot barn of Jorge Delgado.  In a race that should be competitive this Arindel home-bred should do his best running early but shouldn’t completely drop anchor; his latest workout was a bullet in a field off 119 here at Gulfstream Park last week.   #7 Sleeping Empire  This well-bred son of Empire Maker is 5-years-old and is making his debut today for trainer Happy Alter.  His Dam has produced six winners from seven starters; Luis Saez picks up the mount.  #8 Mighty Tough could be just as his name says against this field.  He returns to the surface and distance that he was leading the race in until about the second call when he ducked out and lost the rider.

Race 2 SELECTIONS:   5 – 7

#5 Charleston Strong has been extremely close to graduating from the maiden ranks and seems to be placed in a good race to be able to do that today.  Trainer Michael Maker is solid statistically with runners who are given rest between races and this son of Flatter has good early speed and is cutting back for 7.5F down to 5F.  #7 Ghostliner tried the dirt at Gulfstream Park last time out going 6F and dueled for the lead before tiring, that race was off a layoff.  We can anticipate improvement as this race will be at the distance of 5F and this 4-year-old son of Ghostzapper seems to do his best running early.

Race 3 SELECTIONS:   3 – 6

#3 King Cab makes his return to the races after a five-month layoff for trainer Edward Plesa Jr. and gets Lasix for the first time.  He broke his maiden impressively, beating a field of twelve runners and earning a solid speed figure.  His workout times indicate the he is fit and ready to return.  #6 Clapton will be running second off the layoff at the same, can-be tricky, distance of seven furlongs for trainer Juan Alvarado.  This 3-year-old homebred for Arindel farms has a good foundation of state-bred races under his belt and now gets Lasix for the first time.

Race 4 SELECTIONS:   3 – 1

#3 I Love Magel was compromised at the start of her last race and finished well to get third.  Today she looks to return to the same level, second time out for trainer Rodolfo Garcia.  She hasn’t shown problems leaving the gate in prior races and should be more pronounced if she can get away cleanly and put her natural early speed to good use.  #1 Mama Longlegs has a propensity to tire late in her races, but this 6-year-old mare has undeniable early speed in a small field that may allow her to get too far away; that style fits perfectly with jockey Paco Lopez.

Race 5 SELECTIONS:   5 – 2 – 8

#5 Earth is a spry 7-year-old gelding that has been very competitive at this level and distance.  Today he will make his first start for the new barn of Emmy Gaffney, as he was claimed at this level last time out.  The race two back he beat many of the same competitors that out finished him last time out when he was bumped at the break and never had a chance.  #2 Officer Country is one of two runners in this event for trainer Mary Eppler, both have a shot, this one is the most logical win candidate.  This 5-year-old gelding won his last race at a slightly higher level running at the same distance and surface; keeps high winning percentage jockey Luis Saez in the irons.  #8 Doo Wop Don has been very popular at the claim box over the course of the past four months as this gelding has moved barns four times.  Winning three of his last four, he has shown good speed at the lowest level now steps up into open company and could be dangerous if he takes to the synthetic.

Let’s Make it Happen!!!

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