On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Wednesday(February 08, 2023) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 sequence:

Race 5 SELECTIONS:   1  –  2  –  7

In a race where I am not completely convinced that the two most logical horses are the ones to play – I am going to ZAG in this first leg of the pick 5 and attempt to find some value.

#1 Hitting Bombs is a lightly raced four-year-old Gun Runner colt who has never run on the turf but has the pressing style that could be effective if he does take to the grass.  #2 Guaranteed Speck didn’t hit the board last time out but he finished up well.  It was his first time back on the turf and he earned his career best speed figure.  #7 Typhoon Lagoon is a four-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy, the late great turf Sire, who will be making only his third career start for trainer Mark Casse.

Race 6 SELECTIONS:   5  –  7

#5 Walks Like a Lady almost walked down the winner in her last race.  This five-year-old mare has been highly competitive in her last three outings and today will get an additional half of furlong, which could help based on her running style.  #7 Noble Dreamer will be running second off the layoff for trainer Mary Ligntner.  She ran a solid second at this level last time out and keeps jockey Edgard Zayas.

Race 7 SELECTIONS:   5  –  2  –  8

#5 Wheelingndealing will attempt to make it three in a row for trainer Kelesy Danner.  She is stepping up in class and also stretching out but based on her form and running style, neither of those factors are insurmountable.  #2 Best Seller is a three-year-old homebred filly running for trainer Michael Maker.  This daughter of Bodemeister will be dropping in class and getting Lasix for the first time.  She should be ready to run coming off the layoff.  #8 Black Belt Barbie has shown speed but it has not been well rationed.  Today she gets Lasix for the first time and returns from a two month break; worthy of an include.

Race 8 SELECTIONS:   7  –  6  –  3

#7 Over the Channel won going away at this level last time out, today will run for a new barn after being claimed.  Fits at this level and will be a short priced favorite after that last victory.  #6 Souper Cohiba hasn’t been to the winner’s circle in a while but today he will face state bred company and could get a slow pace to contend with, which is when he is most effective.   #3 Souper Energizer running lines are not overly impressive but his last race when he faced state bred company, like he will today, was not bad; he could have found his niche.

Race 9 SELECTIONS:   8  –  6  –  4

#8 Frosted Oats won her last start after returning from a six month layoff for trainer Bill Mott; steps up in class but has the pedigree and connections to continue to move forward. #6 Stuck On Kitten fits a very similar pattern.  Although she did not win her last race, she did run well off a long layoff and has excellent pedigree.  If she runs back to her summer form when she sprinted up at Saratoga, she will be in consideration for the win.  #4 Fuente Ovejuna speed figures don’t quite match up with her fellow runners but she has been patiently campaigned and has run in some stronger races and held her own; improvement is a possibility.

Let’s make it happen!!!

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