On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Thursday(February 17, 2022) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 sequence:

Race 5 SELECTIONS:   11- 8 – 12

#11 I Love Magel is one of the most experienced runners in today’s fifth race and her last two outings we have seen her step up her game.  She will need to continue to progress but in a field that is seemingly up for grabs, she is one that cannot be left off the ticket.  #8 Lena the Lion is a first-time starter for Trainer Angel Rodriguez.  A homebred making her debut as a 4-year-old that has solid breeding and has been showing good speed in the morning workouts.  #12 Rahtid is making her second lifetime start; on debut she flashed good early speed before stopping.  Drops in class today and if she can build on her educational outing, she could be in contention.

Race 6 SELECTIONS:   2 – 4

#2 Forest Survivor will be running second off the layoff for new trainer Joseph Orseno.  This 4-year-old colt has shown lots of speed in the past and a return to form would make him a winner’s circle candidate.   #4 Grainger County is a hard-trying 5 year-old gelding that is always in contention and should be in a similar position in today’s sixth race.  Dropping in class slightly and getting back to the All-Weather surface are factors that should help this Ralph Nicks trainee.

Race 7 SELECTIONS:   5 – 2 – 1

#5 Souper All Star is making her return to the races after a two month rest for turf trainer extraordinaire Mark Casse.  This well-bred daughter of Union Rags is lightly raced but is improving from a speed figure perspective and should be well positioned and should have a good chance in today’s seventh.  #2 Causingahullbaloo will be running third off the layoff for trainer Mark Casse.  She does her best when she has a decent pace to run at and should get that opportunity today. #1 Lady Jae keeps the services of jockey Paco Lopez as she runs back at the same distance and class level as last time out when she finished a close second.  She started a step slow and was forced wide on both turns.  The inside draw with Paco retaining the mount, I anticipate a better trip and potentially a better outcome.

Race 8 SELECTIONS:   1 – 5 – 3

#1 Loriloupies has lots of early speed and the rail for this sprint event.  Returning from a two month rest this mare drops in class and gets Irad in the saddle; looks to be the one to beat. #5 Bramble Berry returns to the surface that she prefers and a class level and distance that should allow her to be competitive. #3 Merseyside is coming off a forty eight day layoff for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. and this 5-year-old daughter of Maclean’s Music seems to do well after a layoff.  She has a good record here at Gulfstream and will be looking to turn the tables on a few of her competitors, hoping that the layoff and new jockey Tyler Gaffalione will help in that regard.

Race 9 SELECTIONS:   5 – 3 – 6

#5 Prefect will be making his second start off the layoff for trainer Danny Gargan.  Last time out he started slow after a less than perfect break, which is very uncharacteristic for this 5-year-old, then ran on strong to finish a close second.  If he breaks cleanly, he should press the pace and have enough left to run by in the stretch.   #3 Hail to the Chief is attempting turf at Gulfstream Park for the first time but has a good late kick and moves to a new barn.  Claimed last time by trainer Danny Gargan, this gelding moves up in class slightly and we will see if that late pace will be assisted by an anticipated hot pace.  Irad in the irons.  #6 Alado has shown good versatility over multiple surfaces and distances; another positive is that he rarely finishes out of the money.  Today he makes his first start for trainer Saffie Joseph and has been putting up solid workout times since moving over.

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