by Al Cimaglia
August 15, 2021
Tonight, Pocono Downs has a 14-race card ready to go with a post time at 5:00 EST. The headliners are 2-year-old colts and geldings competing in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action. The 0.20 Pick 5 begins in Race 8, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Warrawee Ubeaut (2-1)-Burke trainee has been in post draw hell in all 4 starts this year and has been facing top mares. This is a soft spot and from the rail Gingras should take control off the gate and make every call a winning one.
1-Good Deal (5/2)-Burke pupil makes its PcD debut and Kakaley takes a seat for the 1st time, as Gingras steers the one below. That move raises doubts but #3 has never raced on a smaller oval so will use with this post draw.
3-My Miki Beach (9/2)-Well-bred 2-year-old ships in from Mohawk and Gingras will steer for the Fine barn. Showed good gate speed and might be better suited for a shorter stretch.
4-Aladdin Hanover (6-1)-Dunn is the usual pilot and he is back between the pipes after missing a start. Finally draws inside and could be in the hunt at the wire at a solid price if gets a good early seat.
1-Birthday (7/2)-Gingras chooses the Captaintreacherous colt #3, even though this freshman has had more success. Kakaley should get away quickly to get a good seat and could win right back.
2-Wearinmysixshooter (5/2)-Comes off a dull effort on 7-18 but before then was a winner in 2 straight, one coming at PcD. Should be a major player if dialed on high as Dunn takes over for Tetrick. Maybe being off almost a month will be beneficial.
4-I Did It Myway (8/5)-The morning line choice does look the part with a perfect 4-4 record. Has won on the 5/8's but hasn't raced at PcD and has been on the engine in every start. Will respect connections and include but will look to others at a better price.
2-Hecandancencruise (4-1)-Has raced well in both races here and took a picture last week. This Harder pupil looks versatile and with the right steer by Todd McCarthy he can take another trip to the winner's circle.
3-Captain Cowboy (5/2)-Raced last on 7-18 and won that start as well as his 1st race and made it look easy both times. This could be a bigger challenge but should be a main player.
4-Mind Hunter (7/2)-Took advantage of a smooth trip with soft fractions to break maiden in last but could have more in the tank. George Naps can put this Ryder trainee into play and should offer a fair price.
1-JM's Finaltreasure (8/5)-Gingras should be able to get on the point and take control. But this Sweet Lou 2-year-old could also win without an early lead.
4-Market Based (5/2)-This colt won both starts at PcD and has shown some good speed. If stays trotting, Dunn could work a trip and pose a big threat to #1.
Race 8) 1
Race 9) 1,3,4
Race 10) 1,2,4
Race 11) 2,3,4
Race 12) 1,4
Total Ticket Cost) $10.80
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