by Al Cimaglia
July 22, 2019
The feature at Woodbine Mohawk Park goes in Race 3, a Preferred Trot with a $34,000 purse. My focus is on the 0.20 Pick 5 which starts the card. That sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool and many times on Mondays the pool comes close to $100,000.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Zen Da Ballykeel-Has won 4 straight, that streak won't go on forever but fits well again and best to respect.
5-Stelios-Likes to blast off the gate, draws well plus has the speed to get on the engine versus this crew.
7-Brandon Hanover-Start is key, also likes to leave, Roy may get the top or 2-hole, beaten chalk could get revenge.
3-Hey Livvy-Breaking issues are a concern, but Henry is back and he has had success staying flat with this gal.
4-YC Broadway-Even effort after a sick scratch, recent tries have been sharp and looking for a big try.
8-Tax Savings-Has gate speed and there isn't much of it inside, could get the top and not look back.
2-Emoticon Hanover-Draws inside and that gives McClure options, will be tough if throws best shot.
3-Dunbar Hall-Raced well at this level in last and could get a good early seat and trip out.
5-Run Director-Will toss last versus tough foes at the Big M, could be a clean trip away from a picture.
5-Libspeak-Alagna trainee went in 1.53.4 in debut and just missed, Artspeak filly looks like a good one.
7-Martinique Beach-Won qualifier by 12 lengths coming off a sick scratch the week before, will respect chances here.
1-Needless To Say-Should be used off the gate from the rail, closed in .56 in last but was 10 lengths back at the half.
4-Wind Blown-Bet down in 1st start and broke, then had a brutal trip from the 2nd tier, taking a swing at 10-1 in ML.
7-Wilsons Vinner-Raced cautiously in debut, rallied from 8th with a .27 last qtr. and a quick race time, don't overlook.
Race 1) 4,5,7
Race 2) 3,4,8
Race 3) 2,3,5
Race 4) 5,7
Race 5) 1,4,7
Total Ticket Cost) $32.40 for $0.20
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