by Al Cimaglia
September 4, 2021
Tonight, is a huge night of racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. My focus will be on the 0.20 Late Pick 5. The sequence encompasses the eliminations for the North America Cup and the Fan Hanover, the Maple Leaf Trot, and the Canadian Pacing Derby.
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Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 6-North America Cup Elimination
1-Southwind Gendry (6-1)-This Burke trainee has struggled quite a bit compared to last year when he bagged 10 wins in 13 starts. This year 3 pictures in 9 races, now returns to a big oval and should offer a solid price. Could be dialed on high to not only qualify but to win and get back on track.
3-Bulldog Hanover (8/5)-This 3-year-old is at the head of class in Canada and could win for the 6th time in 8 starts. In 11 starts at Wbsb has notched 9 wins but this is a tough crew. Deserves respect, so will use and hope for others at a better price.
4-Lawless Shadow (5/2)-Has hit the board in 9 of 10 starts this year and has only missed the ticket twice in 13 races here. Mark Mac steers and he knows well. Should be forwardly placed from the start and will be stalking #3 as they turn for the wire.
6-Rockyroad Hanover (9/2)-Alagna trainee comes off a dull effort at PcD. The trip wasn't great, and that line may help the price tonight. This colt shouldn't be overlooked. The fractions should be hot, and this boy could fly down the long stretch.
Race 7-North America Cup Elimination
3-Abuckabett Hanover (7/2)-Broke in its last start at PcD in the Hempt but is back at a track that has been friendly. Winner in 3 of 4 starts at Wbsb and should be looking to put in a determined effort as recent form has fallen off.
6-Perfect Sting (8/5)-Looks like the best with a top performance but hasn't been able to seal the deal in the last 2 starts. Could be bet down and not sure how much a win here will matter. Might be saving the best try for next week.
8-Whichwaytothebeach (3-1)-Pelling trainee has been impressive this year winning 7 of 10 on small and larger ovals. Not sure if this gelding will be dialed on high, that's why elimination races are tough to handicap. But the post will help the price, and has been in fine form not finishing worse than 2nd in 2021.
Race 8-Maple Leaf Trot
3-Atlanta (3-1)-This looks like it will boil down to the 2 champs if they get a fair trip. This gal can get a pocket ride behind #7 and look to roll by down the lane.
7-Manchego (5/2)-Dunn should have the gas pedal down from the word go and look to control the race. That's not hard to imagine and what makes this mare so special is she never seems to lose a close photo.
Race 9-Fan Hanover Elimination
2-Scarlett Hanover (3-1)-Hensley trainee gets the services of David Miller and that could help chances for a picture. Should be on the point or in the pocket behind #4 all the way around.
4-Hot Mess Express (8/5)-This is one tough filly and will be making its Wbsb debut. Does its best work on larger ovals and will likely be on the engine looking to make every call a winning one.
Race 10-Canadian Pacing Derby
2-Tattoo Artist (9/2)-Local hopeful is in sharp form and can leave as fast as the gate car. There is no mystery here, will be on the point and if McClure can get a breather for one quarter it could be picture time.
7-Allywag Hanover (5/2)-Pelling 4-year-old has been basically good for the entire year. Can win either way, stalking or on the lead and is the one to beat.
Race 6) 1,3,4,6
Race 7) 3,6,8
Race 8) 3,7
Race 9) 2,4
Race 10) 2,7
Total Ticket Cost) $19.20 for $0.20
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