On the Horizon – Thursday (February 11, 2021) – John Pinder

Late Pick 5 Sequence

Race 6: SELECTIONS:  3 – 1 – 4

#3 First Investor won easily at first asking going 5F at the maiden claiming $35K level and received a top speed figure.  Stepping up today to the allowance level but cannot be overlooked.  #1 Erv’s Wench drops in class and looks to improve while returning to the dirt.  #4 Stripping is a lightly raced home-bred filly that has shown good early speed in her last two outings.  Today she cuts back in distance for trainer Brendan Walsh, as he looks to find the right distance for her.


Race 7 : SELECTIONS:  3 – 5

#3 Serenade a Kitten has too many factors to ignore for this 1 mile turf race.  Breeding: you guessed it Kitten’s Joy, Trainer: Michael Maker. Record: 2 for 3 lifetime – 2 for 2 at Gulfstream; and a couple more, but by now you understand this filly should be included.  #5 Por Que No won at this level last time out on the front end.  She ran moderate fractions but was not bothered by having close company as she rolled along upfront, then finished strong.


Race 8 : SELECTIONS:  3- 4 – 1

#3 Lauda Speed is cutting back in class level and distance for trainer Saffie Joseph and Jockey Tyler Gaffalione.  Has great early speed and should be able to carry this field from start to finish.  #4 Worlds On High returns after a 3 month layoff.  Before this colt was given a rest, his first two races were top notch for a two year old.  Conditioner Saffie Joseph is above 20% with layoff – first time Lasix runners.  #1 Mahomes Money could be a value play.  Jockey Corey Lanerie is a good rail rider and this home-bred makes his return to the track after breaking his maiden from the same post position with same jockey, our friend Lanerie.


Race 9: SELECTIONS: 1 – 2 – 6

#1 Shamrocket has shown the ability to close well against varying pace scenarios and distances, one of the angles that I look for in a turf runners; retains the services of top jockey Irad Ortiz.  #2 Perfect has a grinder ‘just keep going’ type of style that could show up big in here if someone attempts to wire the field on the front end; there always seems to be one in every turf route.  #6 Focus Group has run against the best of the best in top graded stakes turf routes over the past 3 years.  Today’s contest is at a significantly lower level as this 7 year-old gelding attempts to find his form once again.


Race 10: SELECTIONS: 1 – 3 – 9

#1 Lease ran a solid second at this level last time out for trainer Bill Mott.  I cannot find a reason that this home-bred who seems to be at the right class level, should not improve 3rd off the layoff.  #3Under Fire was claimed by trainer Mary Eppler, a positive sign when the trainer claims a young gelding, she had to have seen something.  What we saw was good early speed in his debut then he decided no more, improvement possible.  #9 Cheval Dore is a first time starter with good breeding, Constitution, that suggests he may do well on the grass.   Trainer Victor Barboza is also solid statistically with youngsters that debut on the turf.

Let’s Make it Happen!!!

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