by Al Cimagiia
January 3, 2022
The feature at Woodbine Mohawk Park rolls in Race 6, a Preferred Trot with a $34,000 purse. The 0.20 Early Pick 4 starts in Race 4, and the sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Cindy Lynn (8-1)-Won at this level on 12-20 and then jumped into deep water. Drops to the right level, and Filion who steered in the last win returns.
7-On The Ropes (5/2)-Has been going up and down the condition ladder and now drops to a more logical spot for success. Not loving the morning line price but gets a ++ driver change with JMac grabbing the lines.
8-Buck Dancer (4-1)-Raced well from post 8 versus this kind on an off-track to finish a close 3rd. The post makes the price and Jamieson returns for his 2nd tour of duty. This will be the 4th start off the bench and has won 6 of 10 at Wbsb.
1-Kinkaid Seelster (7/2)-Has been racing well at this class while drawing outside in the last 3 starts. Just missed from post 9 and the only pause could be the 1-26 record at Mohawk. The Bothwell barn is batting 42% over the last 30 days, using and no need to overthink.
4-The Shining (3-1)-McNair is reunited with this 5-year-old and has won 2 of the last 3 times he has driven. The last picture came off a bumpy journey and tonight, could be put in play off the gate.
5-Spartan General (3-1)-Winner in 4 of the last 5 steps-up to face Preferred company. This will be a test but would be no surprise if this son of Muscle Hill is up to the challenge. Two of the last 4 wins have come from post 5.
6-White Tiger (6-1)-This 6-year-old has posted a win over the one above back on 11-15. Should offer a solid price and is a threat if minds manners.
7-Pikachu Hanover (5/2)-Comes off a win at this level and McNair will take the lines tonight. May look to leave to get a good seat and might be best in the late going.
1-Machdavid (7/2)-Leaving from the rail won't turn this closer into a horse who likes racing at the top of the stack. But this Cullen trainee can roll late and there should be some fast fractions to close into.
4-Play Jet Ray (3-1)-Beaten 2/5 chalk could make amends tonight. McNair takes the lines and will likely be gunning for the top. Might not win but won't get jammed up on the rail this time.
6-Arukidinme Cabbie (4-1)-The last 3 starts for the new barn have been better and Filion will be back between the pipes. Will look for another aggressive drive.
0.20 Early Pick 4
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