by Al Cimaglia
June 16, 2018
There's a great card on tap tonight at Woodbine Mohawk Park culminating in the $1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup Final. In total there are six top stake races with $2,401,000 in purse money up for grabs.
There will be an all stakes 0.20 Pick 4 beginning in Race 9 which will have a $100,000 guaranteed pool. The night concludes with a mandatory Jackpot Hi-5 payout in Race 15, and the pool is estimated to be $500,000.
Last night at Hawthorne the posted Pick 4 ticket was good in only three of four legs. The 5/3,8/1/1 combination paid $396.15 on a 0.50 wager.
Comments and selections below are a based on a fast track.
Race 3-Armbro Flight Final-$250,000 Purse
5-Hannelore Hanover (2/5)-Looks too sharp to not be posing for a picture and should have her way with the ladies.
4-Emoticon Hanover (7/2)-Racing well and is the top threat but can't finish as well as #5.
2-Celebrity Ruth (3-1)-Likes to win, Miller should be more aggressive tonight and could hit the bottom of the exacta.
Race 6-Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational-$100,000 Purse
6-McWicked (2-1)-Comes off an impressive score. Coleman trainee rolled home in .53 flat and is a major player.
7-Sintra (9/2)-Local hope is in fine form and should be flying late, could finish right behind #6 as in elims.
4-Rodeo Romeo (7/2)-Tetrick should work a trip from here and stay in the hunt throughout.
Race 9-Fan Hanover Final-$415,000 Purse
6-Alexis Faith (3-1)-Could be a bit tighter and McNair may work a great trip, rates a slight edge over others.
4-Shower Play (8-1)-Gets some post relief and could be closer at the top of the lane and spice up the exotics.
3-Kissin In The Sand (5/2)-ML favorite stormed home off a quick pace, best to respect once again.
Race 10-Goodtimes Final-$266,000 Purse
4-Wolfgang (8/5)-Thinking the start will be key and this colt will get the jump on #3 and get a smoother journey.
5-Lawmaker (20-1)-Very good effort in elims, can race out of a hole and may benefit from an early speed duel.
3-Alarm Detector (7/5)-Likes the lead but starts between Takter's horses who like same, that could hurt chances.
Race 11-Roses Are Red Final-$370,000 Purse
3-Tequila Monday (9/2)-Versatile mare should be 1st or 2nd after start, in fine form to make it 4 of 5 in 2018.
4-Blazin Britches (7/2)-Should be stalking #3 every step in a competitive affair.
5-Blue Moon Stride (4-1)-Best to not overlook, gets post relief from the elims and could be posing with a trip.
Race 12-Pepsi North America Cup Final-$1,000,000
2-Stay Hungry (5/2)-Difficult to split top two but thinking this guy will finish a bit better.
4-Lather Up (2-1)-A perfect 5 of 5 in 2018 and 9 of 12 lifetime, very sharp and could continue winning ways.
7-Done Well (4-1)-Might be a bit better on a smaller oval, but ultra-consistent and best to not overlook.
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