On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Thursday(January 13, 2022) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 sequence:

Race 6 SELECTIONS: 3 – 2

#3 Hallawallah has run some of her best races at Gulfstream Park. She fits well at this level and distance; she is making her second start off the layoff for trainer Ronald Spatz.  #2 Fire On Time is a well-bred lightly raced daughter of Not This Time that has improved her speed ratings in each of her previous three starts.  Ships in for trainer Dale Romans off the 46-day layoff and gets Luis Saez in the saddle.

Race 7 SELECTIONS:   2 – 6 – 4

#2 Afficionado has a chance to improve after a lackluster placing at this level last time out.  She has proven to be much better against similar competition and is making her first start after being claimed for new trainer Victor Barboza Jr.  #6 All About Kathern opened up on the field in her last race and gave way in the lane.  Prior the that she had shown the ability to be a little more tactical against tougher on the turf.  #4 Generic Mark is a hard trying mare that will be making her first start for the barn of trainer Bobby Dibona, she also should benefit from the services of jockey Irad Ortiz.

Race 8 SELECTIONS:   3 – 7 – 5

#3 Disc Jockey may need a race to perform his best but if he returns anywhere near the level he was at when last seen over a year ago, he will be dangerous; has sharp workouts for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr.  #7 Drive for Fun ships in off the layoff for trainer Rusty Arnold.  His last race was at the Churchill Downs fall meet, this son of Distorted Humor comes in after winning a tough Maiden Special Weight impressively.  #5 Tapit to the Wire won on debut with a strong speed rating but only beat a field of 4, this was back in October of last year.  The undefeated homebred returns to the races today for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. against stronger competition but has put in steady strong workouts and gets Junior Alvarado in the saddle.

Race 9 SELECTIONS:   4 – 7

#4 Mezcal will be the post time favorite.  She comes in off a 48-day layoff for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Bobby Flay.  This well-bred filly’s last two races were rock solid and it looks as if she has turned the corner mentally and now understands how to do it in the afternoons. Top jockey Irad Ortiz will be in the irons.  #7 Champagne Ivy is making her return off a layoff for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr.  She has shown good versatility and is now stretching out in distance but has shown a grinder – won’t quit resolve in all her races.

Race 10 SELECTIONS:   2 – 5 – 1

#2 Barbara runs at the same level as her last attempt when she ran a solid second place after pressing the pace; expecting improvement second off the layoff with the combination of first time Lasix for trainer Jorge Delgado.  #5 Openthegate drops in class off a layoff for trainer Bill Mott.  This daughter of Arrogate also gets Lasix for the first time; Tyler Gaffalione gets the mount.  #1 Quality Control is the type of horse that could be overlooked and be a decent price at post time but is not without a good chance in here.  Trainer Michael Trombetta does well with the transition from the Turf to All Weather.  I could envision jockey Javier Castellano giving this one the patient ground saving trip along the rail, allowing this filly to close in the lane with her strong late kick.

Let’s Make it Happen!!!

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