by Al Cimaglia
December 17, 2018
Tonight's feature at Mohawk Park rolls in Race 9, a conditioned trot with a $22,000 purse. The 0.20 Pick 5 starts the card and will be my focus. The Monday Pick 5 pools have been going well above the $50,000 guarantee.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Donato Lane-Comes off an aggressive try, should benefit from starting on the wood and might be overlooked.
2-Cheatalotpov-Gets post relief and could trip out, looks well worth a swing at a square price.
3-Bosston Glide-Big 3-year-old had a much-improved effort for a picture, maybe has put things together.
7-Draft Year-Comes back in 8 days this time and could be sitting on a big try.
1-Bautista-Steps up a notch after a decent effort, was off almost a month and should be tighter tonight.
5-Fly Beyond-Start should be better than in last, handy sort looks like a player once again.
7-What Chapter-Similar to #5, should be in better position at the 1/2 and will use instead of #6 the ML chalk.
2-Northern Lauren-2nd start off a claim for Auciello, knows how to win and best to respect.
7-Nomatterwhen-Won 2 straight for Shepherd before being claimed but now returns and McNair is back in the bike.
8-Lo Hold A Moonbean-Looks like a price shot that can compete with the right trip.
1-Beachin Lindy-Seems best suited on the engine and should get the top without much strain.
3-So Much Bettor-If Fillion can avoid being 1st over this 3-year-old should be flying late.
7-Rocky J Squirrel-Used hard at the start in last, might get a pocket trip behind #1.
5-Windsong Olympia-Won 1st start for Fine and steps up, this isn't a deep field an encore could be in the cards.
7-Kaymar Chrome-Slow starter might not mind this post, can roll late with a good cover flow.
Race 1) 1,2,3,7
Race 2) 1,5,7
Race 3) 2,7,8
Race 4) 1,3,7
Race 5) 5,7
Total Ticket Cost) $43.20 for $0.20
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