by Al Cimaglia
October 9, 2021
Tonight, Ontario Sires Stakes action is featured on the 12-race Woodbine Mohawk card. The Early 0.20 Pick 5 kicks-off the program. The sequence has a $100,000 guaranteed pool, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Wind Blown (3-1)-Drops back to a level for success. Does the best work racing near the top of the stack and Henry should have no issue getting there.
4-Highlandbeachlover (5/2)-Gets a ++ driver change with JMac getting the call tonight. Only 4 for 42 in the past 2 years but should be in the mix versus this group. The pilot change could be the difference.
5-Lets Get Pickled (8-1)-Filion sat behind this 5-year-old last week and the effort was better than the line looks. Ran into a sharp winner and did pace the 2nd half in 54.1. Should be forwardly placed and has a shot for an upset at a price.
8-The Greek Freak (4-1)-Dropped to this level in last and Roy had the pedal down. Did get on the point but faded late. This is another who has trouble winning, 1-16 in 2021, but best to respect here.
3-Portofino (5/2)-Winner of 2 straight made its debut in September and finished 2nd twice. The last 2 starts have been dominating wins and right now looks a cut above the rest.
2-Game Of Shadows (3-1)-Rolled the back half in .55 and Roy sped away down the lane drawing off by almost 4 lengths. That win shouldn't be discounted, and the same effort could lead to the same result.
4-Voluptuous (5/2)-This Alagna trainee is no slouch. Beaten chalk lost all chance after being 10 lengths back at the half. McNair should work a better trip this time and may have enough early speed to get the jump on #2.
5-Archery Seelster (3-1)-Odds-on winner sure looked the part on 9-30 drawing off by over 5 lengths. Raced most of the mile on his own and that probably won't be as easy tonight. But Roy knows well, and he should put this colt in play early in the race.
9-HP Maestro (9/2)-The post will help boost the price and didn't have much chance in last. Filion could look to follow a live cover flow and the fractions should be honest. Has hit the board in 6 of 8 at Wbsb with 1 picture, and could be a player tonight.
2-Dynomites Peak (5/2)-Winner of 2 in a row and 3 of the last 4 looks like a major player once again. Hasn't had any breaking issues since its initial 2 starts, but this will be the 1st time with an inside post draw.
5-Macho Phil (3-1)-Started from post 10 in last and lost by a half-length to #10 who benefitted from a smooth trip. This is a competitive affair, JMac can make the most of this starting slot and should be in the hunt at the wire.
7-Century Iglesias (6-1)-Has hit the board in 5 of 7 at Mohawk with 1 picture. Jamieson needs to provide a sharp steer and find some live cover. There should be an honest pace and could finish fastest of all.
Race 1) 1,4,5,8
Race 2) 3
Race 3) 2,4
Race 4) 5,9
Race 5) 2,5,7
Total Ticket Cost) $9.60 for $0.20
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