by Al Cimaglia
September 11, 2021
The headliner on the Woodbine Mohawk Park card rolls in Race 11, the Pepsi North America Cup with a $1,000,000 purse. Besides the Cup there are another six stakes with large purses. In the Race 13 finale, there will be a mandatory payout for the Jackpot Hi-5 and the carryover is $300,257.16.
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Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 3-Peaceful Way Trot Final-2-Year-Old Fillies-Purse $392,000
4-Venerable (4/5)-Made the 1st start at Mohawk last week and was flawless winning by almost 6 lengths. This filly is a great 2-year-old trotter and everyone else is racing for the 2nd place check.
6-American Beauty (6-1)-Finished 2nd to the one below last week but won't be 7-lengths behind at the 1st call tonight. Gingras returns and he will be staying in striking range to close nicely and finish 2nd.
3-Adare Castle (3-1)-This is a nice filly who has beat up on local trotters and is a perfect 5 for 5. But tonight, she will likely not take a picture but should hit the bottom of the ticket.
$15 Exacta 4-6-Total Bet=$15
Race 8-Fan Hanover Pace Final-3-Year-Old Fillies-Purse $425,000
3-Hot Mess Express (8/5)-There isn't that much difference between this gal and #4 who had a great freshman season. This year this filly appears a bit better and will shade to her side in what should be a fun race to watch. Winner of 8 of 9 in 2021 and has banked $332,000. Won in 150.3 last week with AMac just coasting along and should be difficult to stop here.
4-Fire Start Hanover (7/5)-My guess is Dunn will look to get the pocket behind the top choice and slug it out down the lane. These 2 stand well above the crowd and may the best filly win.
Race 10-Wellwood Memorial Trot Final-Purse $640,000
2-King Of The North (3-1)-The price will be better tonight after tiring as the 2/5 choice last week in the Elimination. Many will look to beat this winner of over $281,000 but that's not my thinking. Drifting out in the stretch after being off almost a month to lose the race by less than one length is not cause for me to play against. The fractions were quicker in the King's Elimination race than the other 2 and he basically cut the mile. Looking for a new winning streak to start tonight.
4-Periculum (7/2)-Took advantage of a ground saving trip last week to roll down the lane and beat the odds-on chalk #2. What's important is the fractions were quick, this colt still closed nicely and seems to be getting better. So, will use here and not dismiss the maiden win as just a fluke off a great trip. Not necessarily looking for another picture but does have the ability to close quickly. Should be in the hunt if minds manners.
3-Duly Resolved (4-1)-This is a nice gelding and its only loss came on an off-track. Has been the best up North and should hit the ticket.
$25 Exacta 2-4, $10 Exacta 4-2-Total Bet =$35
Race 11-Pepsi North America Cup Pace Final-Purse $1,000,000
4-Bulldog Hanover (9/5)-This Darling trainee is on his home field and has won 10 of 12 at Wbsb. Winner in 4 straight and finished with 26.1 quarters in the last 2 starts. In the Elimination he scorched the 2nd half in 51.4 and was parked out. This guy is a monster and with a decent steer he should land in the winner's circle.
9-Rockyroad Hanover (8-1)-Faded in his Elimination but took the lead and tried to wire the field. That's not the usual game plan and make no mistake, although finishing 3rd the last quarter was a snappy 26.2. Expecting a different trip and the fractions should be hot. Dunn can put this talented 3-year-old in play and could provide a nice price for the bottom of the exacta.
3-Perfect Sting (2-1)-It wouldn't be a complete shock if this colt won but the trip would need to go his way. Was used hard down the lane to win the Elimination and it's unlikely Miller will be able to set his own pace. The Holloway pupil is a millionaire for a reason, so best to respect.
Race 11-$30 Exacta 4-9-Total Bet=$30
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