by Al Cimaglia
March 26, 2022
Tonight, there will be a mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the Race 11 Jackpot Hi-5 which has a $526,417 carryover. The contest features a big 12-horse field, and post time will be approximately 11:10 EST.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
My play will be to use 4-Air Strike (5-1) and 5-River Dali (3-1) at the top of the ticket. Air Strike has been saddled with post 10 in the last 2 starts and was used hard off the gate to get the top and faded down the lane. With the needed post relief Drury should have the Auciello trainee in play from the start and could end up in the pocket behind #5. River Dali makes its 2nd start for the Marfisi barn and comes off an improved effort from post 7. McNair's choice left hard in last and was nipped at the wire. Appears to have enough gate speed to land on the engine and could battle with Air Strike down the lane.
In the 3rd and 4th slots my choices include 1-Farmers Tan (7/2), 2-Good And Sweet (8-1), 3-Stolen Art (15-1), 6-No Better Joy (6-1), 8-Little Manny (12-1), 9-Day Delight 9 (10-1). In the 5th slot the All-button will be pushed.
My take is the 4/5 could control the race and follow each other all the way around, and 3-Stolen Art should be better starting inside and is a big price. Most of the others mentioned could also provide some value. The shortest morning line price is the 1-Farmers Tan. This is another Auciello trainee and is making its 1st start for that barn. The 6-year-old was claimed after finishing 9th and goes back on Lasix tonight. So, there are question marks but will respect the connections. The Puddy trainee 9-Day Delight, could provide some juice for the Hi-5 payout and should be better on a dry track. Its off-track record is 0-9, so will excuse last on a surface rated good and should fit well with this group.
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