by Al Cimaglia
March 16, 2018
Woodbine will put on a 10-race card tonight and they have been getting plenty of play in their horizontal bets. The 0.20 Pick 5 with a $50,000 guaranteed pool kicks off the action. Last night, the Pick 5 had over $78,000 in the pool. The 0.20 Early Pick 4 with a $50,000 guaranteed pool rolls in Race 4 and will be my focus. On Thursday the Early Pick 4 had close to $62,000 in the pool and the Late Pick 4 had over $56,000.
Yesterday at Woodbine, the driver with the hottest hands was Louis Philippe Roy with four trips to the winner's circle. No trainer had more than one win on the card.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Carolina Cherry-This should be a tougher test after a nice win but is sharp and could win back at a square price.
6-I Wish You Well-Was raced aggressively in last and this is 3rd start off a rest, should be ready to step forward.
7-Teachers Vet-This is a good spot, beat NW15k last 5 a month ago, looks like a major player tonight.
9-Hot Spot Hanover-Took long way around in last, the post is a challenge, but price will be right if Roy works a trip.
1-J J Mystic Storm-Steps up after claim for small trainer, will respect chances as this is not a field of all-stars.
2-Now What Hanover-Back to back claims and now Auciello takes a swing and moves in from the 10 hole.
4-I C True Grit-Steps after a win in first start for Sheperd-McNair, will respect barn change.
5-Ok Iceman-Looks like a major player after a solid effort in last. Could be sitting on a big try at 8-1 in the ML.
1-Hldontghttoyurdrms-Drops into a spot to shine for Roy-Moreau and starting inside may do the trick.
2-Great Magic-Even effort off a sick scratch, camera shy but looking for a strong try in a weak field.
8-Blameitonthewhisky-Tried the engine in last at this level and faded, but McNair sticks and may try a new route.
3-Southwind Ion-Having a nice year and last was good in 1st start at this level, should be in the mix.
7-Party Beach-Last time was hurt by a slow pace. Should be rolling late, if pace is hot all the better.
9-Artistic Madison-Takes a significant drop in search of a win, a major threat with the right trip.
0.20 Early Pick 4
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