On the Horizon – Gulfstream Park – Wednesday(January 26, 2022) – John Pinder

Early Pick 5 sequence:

Race 1 SELECTIONS:   4 – 6

#4 Stormy Stella is a 3-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy that is making her first route distance attempt and will be third off the layoff for trainer Jose D’Angelo.  She has shown a good early speed and a relentless run at the 5Furlong and 5.5Furlong distance, if she can carry that speed, she will be the one to beat; Jockey Luis Saez has a natural riding style that should encourage her to do so.  #6 Splicer has been in the money at this distance and class level twice before.  Fresh off a 47-day layoff this filly trained by Gilberto Zerpa gets Lasix for the first time.  If she can progress slightly, she should be in with a chance.

Race 2 SELECTION:   2

#2 Pretty Rachel is a very popular horse around the claiming box as she has been claimed in three of her last five races, and it’s for very good reason.  Winner of seven consecutive races at this level, her only defeat in her last eight attempts was two back when she attempted restrictive company for a much larger purse, she looks very tough in this one at this level.

Race 3 SELECTIONS:    4 – 1

#4 Bayou Melody is making her 3-year-old debut for trainer Kathleen O’Connell.  On debut she showed good early speed before slowing down late in the race, the speed rating she received was higher than any of her competitors have achieved after multiple attempts.  Other positive factors include: she is dropping in class, trained by a solid trainer and is getting Lasix for the first time.  #1 Stacias Ruby is an unknown commodity at Gulfstream Park as she is shipping in from Charles Town after racing in the Maiden claiming ranks at slightly higher levels. In a field where there is only one horse that seems to be best from a logic perspective but is not an overwhelming standout it doesn’t hurt to pick one or two others that could score, that’s what the Honor Code filly is here.

Race 4 SELECTIONS:   7 – 6

#7 Blame It On Rose has shown good early speed on dirt and that usually translates to the synthetic at Gulfstream.  This daughter of Blame gets Lasix for the first time and has progressed in her last two races.  After her best racing time yet, today she retains the services of Junior Alvarado.  #6 Yoga Queen won on debut impressively earning a solid speed figure for the level.  She now steps up in class slightly and gets Lasix for the first time.  Switches over to high win percentage jockey Luis Saez.

Race 5 SELECTIONS:   13 – 11 – 6

#13 Radiant Gem is a also eligible entrant that should be included if she makes it to the starting gate today.  Trainer Steve Klesaris has a positive ROI with his first time Lasix runners and this filly will be making her first start for the new barn.  #11 Freeze the Day is making her debut for trainer Michael Stidham; Stidham is a solid 22% with runners that are first timers at the maiden claiming level.  This filly was sired by Keen Ice and is out of a Tapit Dam.  #6 Barbara is getting back to the turf, the surface that she seems to prefer.  She drops in class today for trainer Jorge Delgado and gets one of the best turf jockeys in Javier Castellano.

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