by Al Cimaglia
May 16, 2022
The feature on the Monday night card at Woodbine Mohawk Park rolls in Race 9, a Free for All Trot with a $45,500 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.
7-Bettor Notbitter A (4-1)-Fits with this kind, McClure gets the nod and he had success in the past steering this 10-year-old. Makes the 1st start off the claim for the Guillemette barn who is posting 30% winners over the past 30 days. Looks like a player at a fair price.
8-A Boy Named Suuzz (3-1)-Won the 1st start for Moreau, comes back versus the same kind but moves outside which should help the price. This veteran can stay good for a while.
4-Arrakis (4-1)-Usually is in the hunt versus this type and McClure returns and he has done well in the past. This veteran checks a few boxes in a race that isn't easy to read.
5-Hesohot Hanover (9/2)-Rallied well late in the mile to get up in time last week and recent form suggests it's best to not overlook. MacDonell should work a stalking trip and be in the hunt at the wire.
1-Pemberton (3-1)-Has had issues and hasn't seen action in a betting race since in 10-17-20. Not sure what level of interest there will be to win this affair but both qualifiers were good. Willing to take a swing this 5-year-old will be ready for a top try. Mohawk record is a perfect (8-8) and may have the best chance to stop the winning streak of #3.
3-Oney Hall (5/2)-Winner of 6 straight didn't look as dominant in last but let's not split hairs. Oney is the one to beat and it wouldn't be a shock to see him posing again.
1-All Wrapped Up (6-1)-Recent from hasn't been special but has been facing better. Looking for some lively fractions and Roy to work a more alert start. Will need things to fall into place but the price should be right.
2-Free Willy Hanover (5-1)-Drops after getting interfered with by #8 last week and this could be the spot to take a picture. Willy does well racing near the top of the stack and shouldn't have much trouble getting a good seat.
8-HP Mama B (7/2)-Made the 1st start since 11-13 and came up with a solid effort. Might have won except for drifting in down the stretch. Did come the back half in 55.1 and should be tighter tonight.
0.20 Late Pick 4
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