by Al Cimaglia
April 18, 2022
Woodbine Mohawk Park begins the week with a 10-race card and the feature rolls in Race 9, a Preferred Trot with a $36,000 purse. The 0.20 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 7, and the sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Combs Hanover (9/2)-Broke in its season debut but now trotting hopples will go back on. The 2 qualifiers were good, has beaten better here and could be overlooked at the windows.
4-Phoenix (4-1)-Form has been okay but hasn't sealed the deal at this level. Put in a decent try last week but took the long way around. This time Filion may look to race near the top of the stack and should offer a solid price.
6-Patriarch Hanover (5/2)-Raced big in last from post 10 to just miss and came a close 3rd. Those who finished ahead are not part of this field and looks like a main player tonight.
3-Hello Rocky (10-1)-Slow starts have hurt and has been in versus better. Can close off the right trip and should relish the company.
8-Lyons Image (3-1)-Likes to compete at the B tracks and fits well at this level here. Roy should be out and rolling off the gate and has hit the board in 4 of 9 at Wbsb with 2 wins.
2-Oney Hall (8/5)-Many will single, and recent form backs up that status. But will look to use 2 others who are good enough to win with a top try.
4-Perfetto (3-1)-Probably the most likely to knock off the chalk and doesn't race as often as others. Henriksen picks his spots and could come up big here.
6-Dream Nation (7/2)-Competes well at this level and should offer some value. This race can shape up nicely, fractions should be lively and Young could be rolling faster than the rest down the lane.
6-Just Plain Needy (3-1)-Took control and fled the scene to post a new lifetime mark. That effort shouldn't be overlooked.
8-Big Journey (7/2)-Didn't fire off the gate leaving from the rail and was >9 lengths back. But rallied well to cash a 2nd place check versus a strong winner. The post helps the price and McClure could work a sharp steer.
0.20 Late Pick 4
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