by Al Cimaglia
July 1, 2017
The Saturday night card at Mohawk features Ontario Sires Stake-Gold Series action in races 2 ,6, and 8 for 3-year-old colts and geldings. It's a solid card throughout which also has a Preferred Pace in Race 3 and Preferred Trot in Race 5, each will carry a $34,000 purse. On Friday night leading drivers Doug McNair and Louis Roy had successful night with three winners each.
The posted Late Pick 4 ticket at Hawthorne for Friday night did connect for a modest profit. The (7-7-6-9) combination paid $83.50 on a .50 bet.
Tonight, my attention is focused on the Early .20 Pick 4. Comments and selections are based on a fast track.
1-PL Jackson-Has had trouble winning races this year but is in a spot to excel, company suits.
5-Mohawk Warrior-Looking for 1st win of year but this is a comfortable spot. Roy is up, so no excuses allowed.
8-Par Intended-Value should be there but will need a trip and a brisk pace. If so, can roll late and surprise.
2-Windsun Revenge-Current form is great and gets a big post edge on major foes.
4-Lookslikeachpndale-Here's the value play. Could upset the apple cart if there is a hot pace and others wear out late.
7-Musical Rythmn-Almost beat #2 in a big effort, started outside and was off 2 weeks. Could be sharper now.
9-Marion Maruader-Interesting as this is 1st start of year on a big track. If ready and trip isn't brutal class should show.
2-Mc Mach-Looks like a good spot to step forward and win 1st of year at a square price.
6-Richard Hill-Last was even after skipping a start. Looking for a better effort and a more aggressive drive.
8-Sports Column-Does best work racing close to lead. But how easy will it be to find a good seat? Has some gate speed.
2-Audreys Dream-Has been trying but can't seal the deal, looks like this is a group he can beat from the 2 post.
5-Boomboom Ballykeel-Another searching for a win and finds a soft field. Roy will need to find more down the stretch.
7-Prescotts Hope-Competing well in fast miles and looks like a player tonight. Could be a smooth trip away from a picture.
.20 Early Pick 4
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