by Al Cimaglia
June 29, 2017
Tonight, at Mohawk the .20 Pick 5 will open the card and it will have a $40,000 guaranteed pool. The .20 Early Pick 4 will roll in Race 4 and it has a $50,000 guaranteed pool. The .20 Late Pick 4 will begin in Race 7 and this sequence will be my betting focus.
From June 20-26, the hottest driver on the Mohawk circuit was James MacDonald who had seven wins in 35 drives. Trainer Mark Steacy, who often uses MacDonald had five wins in 18 starts.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Surprise Hanover-Takes a good drop plus Roy is back in the bike and all of that should make a big difference.
5-Cheyenne Ford-4th start after a claim, last was better and now McNair steers. Should be set for a big try.
6-Big Yellow-55.3 back half but pace was slow so couldn't catch leader. Drops to a better spot, should be a square price.
8-Casimir Overdrive-Drops and 3rd start after claim for Puddy and Henry is back in the bike. Contender in an open race.
1-Nascar Seelster-Off the bench and was a sharp winner in last. Gets a comfortable spot and should like the company.
3-The Dark Shadow-Has had excuses in last 2 and at 6-1 ML could offer some value.
7-Freddy Bear-3-year old has been racing well and McNair should have this colt in the mix to the wire.
1-Oak Island-Came home in a hurry in last and if McClure can work a trip from the inside could make it 3rd straight.
4-Dream Of Luck-McNair got on the engine in last and came up a little short. Will respect chances for a picture tonight.
7-Mach Deja Vu -Came a head short from 8 hole last time and looks like a player at a nice price now, 8-1 ML.
1-Bad In Paradise-Back to the big track and Roy returns as well, should be in the hunt but will be a short price.
3-Mack Majorette-5/2 ML chalk is very sharp and Henry drives/trains and owns. Another who should be bet hard.
7-Sparkle-Price shot was used hard from the 8-hole. Jamieson needs to work a trip and find good cover to have a big shot.
Late .20 Pick 4
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