by Al Cimaglia
January 24, 2022
Woodbine Mohawk Park has an 11-race card scheduled with the popular 0.20 Early Pick 5 beginning in Race 1. That sequence has a $100,000 guaranteed pool, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Evasive Card Shark (3-1)-Makes the 1st start for the Fellows barn and didn't have the best of trips in last. Does well racing near the top of the stack and Henry could work a sharp steer from this post.
3-Elroy Shiner (5/2)-Makes the 1st start for Moreau and faded down the lane in last after taking the long way around. This is Filion's pick over #1 and will look for a better effort off a more efficient trip.
5-Larjon Lucky (4-1)-This is another who will make his debut for new connections after finishing behind a well-meant winner. This is the 1st time for Roy to be between the pipes and the Lester stable has won 5 of 18 starts over the last 30 days.
4-Royale Big Guy (3-1)-Was bet down to 3/5 in the 1st start for the Demers barn at London and finished 2nd. Has drawn the rail in 4 of the last 5 races and hasn't connected for a win. Looking for a different trip and thinking Henry finds live cover and is in striking range at the top of the lane.
8-Cheapskate Hanover (5/2)-Makes the 1st start for the Menary barn and could pay dividends immediately for the new connections. Fits, gets JMac and this veteran likes to win.
4-Untrouble Hanover (3-1)-Roy picks here instead of #6 who won last. Slow starter raced wide last time and couldn't make-up enough ground. Comes off a Judges scratch but if dialed on high and minds manners this 4-year-old is a player. Will lean with the pilot's choice and respect chances.
6-Itstimetogohome (10-1)-Steps-up after an incredible rally, was 8 lengths back at the 3/4 pole and sizzled down the lane to win by almost 5 lengths. That effort was too good to ignore and JMac should have in play.
8-Truffles Too (5/2)-This will be the 5th start since arriving from the East coast and has 2 wins and 2 close 2nd place finishes. Has been a player at this class and despite this post draw should be in the hunt.
2-P L Phoenix (5/2)-Comes off an impressive qualifier with the trainer aboard. Drew off by 6 in the tune-up and now Henry takes the lines.
5-Azure Beach (7/2)-Makes its 3rd start at Wbsb and lost all chance in last after breaking stride. Filion sticks and appears to have the speed to compete if minds manners.
1-On The Ropes (6-1)-Willing to toss last after lagging far behind and couldn't make up ground because of tepid fractions. Did roll the back half in 57.3 and drops. Moves in from post 9 and Jamieson takes a seat. Will look for improvement at a nice price.
6-All Wrapped Up (9/2)-Drop, gets post relief and Roy will grab the lines, which is a positive driver change. This is another who should offer a fair price and has the pilot in place to provide smooth trip.
0.20 Early Pick 5
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