by Al Cimaglia
December 26, 2018
It's Boxing Day in Canada which means Woodbine Mohawk Park has an 11-race card on tap with the first post at 1:00 PM EST. The headliners this afternoon are the Niagara Final in Race 6 and the Valley Victory Final which goes postward in Race 9. The action starts in Race 1 with the 0.20 Pick 5 which has a $50,000 guaranteed pool. The 0.20 Early Pick 4 rolls in Race 4 and it also has a $50,000 guaranteed pool. My focus will be on the Late Pick 4 sequence which begins in Race 8.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Fly Beyond-Looking for a more aggressive start, knows how to win and should be in the hunt versus this group.
2-On A Sunny Day-Program chalk makes 3rd start on Lasix, draws well and last was better.
5-Meadowbranch Memo-If in striking range at the 1/2 could surprise this crew at double digit odds.
6-Major Muscle-Made most of a great trip and notched 6th victory of year, could handle class hike at a nice price.
4-Legal Power-McNair's choice over 2, likes the engine but hasn't been able to last, main foe of #6, will respect.
6-Phantom Seelster-Winner of 5 straight against this kind does just enough to win and is a must use.
2-Etruscan Hanover-Caught a great trip into a slow pace, maybe a wake-up call win, and fits with this bunch.
3-Try Try Again-Takes a good drop, this is a spot to shine but has found ways to lose, no excuses allowed now.
4-Mystical Mission-Racing better and could handle the bump up in class, lots of question marks in this race.
8-Hemi Seelster-1st start off bench was against better, can get on the engine versus these and control race.
1-Captain Dragon-Spotty form but at 10-1 in the ML may get sucked around and sweep by down the lane.
4-Mister Godrow-1st start for Giles barn and JMac may fit this horse to a tee, will use at a square price.
6-Osiris Blue Chip-Similar effort as win back on 11/22 could be enough, has had excuses.
8-Shadow Of Lindy-Took back in last in the slop, can blast out to get on the engine, has the best gate speed.
0.20 Late Pick 4
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