On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Thursday(January 06, 2022) – John Pinder

Early Pick 5 sequence:

Race 1 SELECTIONS:  5 – 1

#5 Souper Fortune has versatile speed but seems to do his best running late.  Jockey Tyler Gaffalione remains aboard after just missing last time out and with a little improvement this 4-year-old son of Kantharos should be tough to beat.  #1 Exponential always finishes his races strong, and just missed last time in a similar class and distance.  Today’s start will be his second off the claim for trainer Peter Walder; keeps the services of Luis Saez.

Race 2 SELECTIONS:  5 – 4

#5 Merzaz has not been to the races for more than 9 months, but in his only start he posted a solid speed figure for then trainer Todd Pletcher.  Currently trained by Ralph Nicks, who does great with layoff runners, this home-bred gelding gets some class relief and draws into a field that seems up for the taking.  #4 Billy Yank has been competitive since dropping into this level earlier this year.  This will be his second race off a light rest and could now display some of the stamina shown in prior outings.

Race 3 SELECTIONS:  1 – 4

#1 Lunar Blast has built a resume of hard- trying past performances and has only missed the board in 3 of her 11 lifetime starts.  Jockey Luis Saez stays aboard after scoring a victory last time out for trainer Rohan Crichton.  Crichton has two entries in this race, one he owns and one that he does not; I believe one of them will win this race.  The other Crichton runner is #4 Queen Domina; when last seen at this level she beat her stable mate by 3 lengths.

Race 4 SELECTIONS:  5 – 4

#5 Star of India is making her debut for high percentage trainer Chad Brown.  This Ran Jan Racing homebred has great pedigree and has been working fast times in the mornings. #4 Culdee is also making her first start today.  Her Dam, Bend, is out of Arch and she has produced eight winners from nine starters, including two stakes winners.

Race 5 SELECTIONS:  9 – 5

# 9 Sosua Summer is making his second start for trainer Rafael Ramos.  On debut he went to the lead and set strong fractions for the majority of the race, tiring late.  A similar performance with a slower overall race pace could be a winning recipe; at a price.   #5 Roadtriptonowhere is a well-bred gelded son of Air Force Blue that was heavily bet on debut, finished a close second and was claimed for $25K.  Today he attempts to stretch out on the turf for trainer Guadalupe Preciado, Irad Ortiz in the irons for this $60K non claiming event.

Let’s Make it Happen!!!

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