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Al Cimaglia: Woodbine Mohawk Park Early Pick 5 Analysis | Monday, August 23

by Al Cimaglia

August 23, 2021

The feature at Woodbine Mohawk Park rolls in Race 6 as OSS Gold 3-year-old colts and geldings compete for a share of a $155,000 purse. My focus will be on the 0.20 Early Pick 5 with a $100,000 guaranteed pool which starts the card.

Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.

Race 1

1-Tuckers Out (6-1)-Wbsb record is only 2-25 and hasn't raced since 4-1 but the qualifier on 8-17 was strong. Trotted the back half in 56.3 with a 27.2 last quarter and finished 3rd to Forbidden Trade. Looks worthy of a swing for those not wanting to single #2.
2-Spartan General (5/2)-Has won 2 of 3 and looked good doing so. Should be a main player if keeps minding his manners and the short field shouldn't hurt chances.

Race 2

1-Hes A Ladies Man (3-1)-Was bet in last and now takes a meaningful drop. Should be a player if minds manners. Makes sense to look for better versus this group but not sure starting from the rail will be a benefit.
4-Icey Shadow (5/2)-Comes off a maiden breaking score in its 1st start at Clinton and made every call a winning one leaving from the rail. Tries the big leagues but coming off a 157.0 mile on the smaller oval is something to not overlook.
7-Titanium Alpha (6-1)-Makes the 2nd start for the Walker barn and paced the back half in 55.3 leaving from post 10 last week. McClure takes a seat, and he can put this colt in play early in the mile and should offer a nice price.
8-Lyons Pride (9/2)-Filion returns, and he gets along with this son of Bettors Delight. This colt has raced from the back in Wbsb starts and has shown a nice closing kick. Looking for a more aggressive steer and to be in striking range at the top of the lane. The Beaton barn is batting 23% winners over the past 30 days and might be overlooked at the windows.

Race 3

1-Grandma Heidi (9/2)-Looking for McNair to get away no worse than 2nd and work the same type of winning trip as on 8-9. Could make the most of this post draw again and trip out at a fair price.
5-Warrawee Roo (3-1)-This 8-year-old has plenty of back class and is in sharp form. Slow starter can close in a hurry and the short field should help in snagging the 6th win in 19 starts at Wbsb.

Race 4

2-P L Opportunity (3-1)-Comes off 2 big efforts from outside posts and now looks for the 3rd straight picture. This will be a test but looks the best on paper and Henry has some options with this post draw.
7-Iglare Am (10-1)-Broke in last leaving from post 8 and has had issues in the past staying on stride. Risky play, but regular pilot JMac returns, and the price should be right. Appears to be better on a bigger oval winning 2 of 4 starts here.

Race 5

3-Vines To Heaven (8-1)-Comes off a dull try but the Moreau barn had success with this mare before. Should relish the company and will look for a bounce back effort at a solid price.
6-Miss Rockadali (9/2)-Moves in a couple of slots after leaving hard from post 8 and faded down the lane to finish 2nd. That was the same result as the race before and both winners are not in this field. Recent form has been sharp and faces a beatable bunch.

My Ticket

Race 1) 1,2

Race 2) 1,4,7,8

Race 3) 1,5

Race 4) 2,7

Race 5) 3,6

Total Ticket Cost) $12.80 for $0.20

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