by Al Cimaglia
July 8, 2017
Saturday night's card at Mohawk will have co-featured Preferred events in Races 3 & 9. In Race 3 six trotters will battle for a share of a $34,000 purse. In Race 10, again it will be a battle for a $34,000 purse when seven pacers go postward. My attention will be on the Early .20 Pick 4 sequence which begins in Race 4.
At Hawthorne on Friday night my Early Pick 4 ticket was on target until the last leg when the #2 Piscotty, who was 15-1 in the morning line, was bet down to 7/2 and won. The Early .50 Pick-4 (8/10/2,7/2) did pay $255.65.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-P L Hurricane-Back to a level of past success and is in a more comfortable spot to shine.
8-Bernadette-Program chalk has been facing tough foes and still has banked almost $116k, should be a major player.
9-Dazzling Rockette-Price shot could be brought up by #8 and sweep by late. This barn had a win last night.
5-Will Take Charge-3-year-old can beat this field but will need a smooth journey. Will respect, but probably a short price.
8-Totally Ripped-Steps up after a rather easy victory. Post will add to the price and has had a nice year thus far.
9-Finish Line-Will respect but mostly because Roy can work a smooth journey. Not a lot of gate speed inside so could gain a good early seat.
4-Skyway Boomer-Has been sharp as a tack at RidC and fits tonight on the big track.
6-Magnum J-Waples gets a swing in the sulky and he needs to find a trip to get 1st win of year. Fits and could win at a square price.
7-Sir Galahad-Stepped up to this class and had an even effort in last, but Roy sticks and could be sitting on a big try.
4-Paparazzi Hanover-Gets a favorable post draw at a good level. Should be in the hunt.
7-Vegas Rocks-3rd start since a layoff for a hot barn and drops. Looks like all systems "go".
8-Rockin Finish-Skipped a start but Roy sticks. Thinking a brief rest is what the doctor ordered.
.20 Early Pick 4
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