Early Pick 5 sequence:
Race 1 SELECTIONS: 6 – 3
#6 Good Trouble will be making her second start off the layoff for trainer Gustavo Delgado. Should show improvement as last time out she flashed good early speed before tiring. #3 Gran Mamibella has shown steady improvement from a speed figure standpoint. Today she makes her fourth career start and is second off the layoff for a very solid claiming trainer in Victor Barboza Jr.
Race 2 SELECTIONS: 1 – 2 – 7
#1 Windy City Red is cutting back in distance and returning to the surface that he seems to run better on. Irad Ortiz gets aboard this four-year-old gelding and the drop in class are both factors that help his chances. #2 Drum and Drummer is a early runner that has great speed from the gate that has the propensity to tire late. Jockey Paco Lopez stays aboard this Micheal Dini trainee who should be aided by the cut back to 5 furlongs from 5.5 furlongs. #7 War Feather was only beaten by two lengths last time out and has been knocking at the door of the winner’s circle his last three attempts at this level. Shortens up by half a furlong and gets Tyler Gaffalione in the irons.
Race 3 SELECTIONS: 7 – 6 – 5
#7 Frosted Faith is making his third start off the layoff and will attempt to continue his progression. Finishing second in his last two, this well bred gelding should be ready to graduate from the maiden ranks. #6 Golden Indy is returning from a forty-eight-day layoff for trainer Jonathan Thomas. Cutting back in distance from a mile to 6 furlongs accompanied with the addition of blinkers the high percentage barn seems to be ready to see what this four-year-old son of Bernardini can do. #5 The Red Wraith was bet well on debut at Tampa Bay down and ships in for trainer John Shaw; Edwin Gonzalez will be in the saddle. Although stepping up in class, this son of street boss is not without a chance.
Race 4 SELECTIONS: 1 – 9 – 10
#1 Max K. O. has good tactical speed and draws the rail. He was a beaten favorite last time out but that contest was taken off the turf. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. has been hot lately at Gulfstream Park, as if he ever cools off. #9 Over the Channel runs today for the first time for trainer Peter Walder. The Walder barn has a positive ROI with first off the claim runners and this gelding should be in with a chance based on her early speed and gets Castellano in the irons. #10 Order and Law is dropping in class for the connections of trainer Mike Maker and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. Last year on the turf this son of Violence competed in two graded stakes and today returns to the grass and looks to return to form. He drew a tough post but has the early speed to mitigate traffic in the quick first turn.
Race 5 SELECTIONS: 2 – 3 – 5
#2 Morning Colors is a five-year-old daughter of Midshipman that has been extremely popular at the claiming box at this level. Claimed after her last three starts and now running for new trainer Murat Sancal, its difficult not to see this one in contention. #3 Designed by Kitten is a hard trying four-year-old that has a solid record overall and seemingly sprints on any type of surface well. This will be her first start for trainer Juan Avila, who is good with first off the claim runners. #5 Opeongo has a chance in today’s fifth race due to his early running style and the potential that his last race on the All Weather was not an aberration. Stepping up in class, but this mare gives it her all every time.
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