by Al Cimagila
August 31, 2019
The Maple Leaf Trot and the Canadian Pacing Derby are the two headliners on a big night of racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The features go in Race 5 and Race 8 respectively while the Simcoe Stakes rolls in Race 9.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 5- Maple Leaf Trot-Purse $600,000
2-Crystal Fashion (3-1)-Deserves a slight edge over others, probably more versatile than main foes and thinking Dave Miller will make the most of the post draw.
3-Guardian Angel As (5/2)-A major player no doubt but not sure if can win this any other way but on the engine. That's a difficult ask with #2 sure to be following close behind but chances have gone up without Six Pack in the mix.
8-Marion Marauder (8-1)-Except for the break in the Cashman has been racing better but with all the speed inside his fate could be sealed. Even if the half goes in .54 or a little faster, can't see him coming from well off the pace for 1st win of year. But with the scratch of Six Pack, is a use as a gimmick possibiity.
10-Atlanta (9/2)-May blast out and hope for the best, would have rated higher but this post is a dream crusher. A lot would have to go right for a win but can can hit the board with the right trip.
Race 8-Canadian Pacing Derby-Purse $525,000
5-Lather Up (4/5)-Sooner or later the win streak will come to an end, but thinking tonight isn't the night. Is a perfect 6-6 at Mohawk and unless hung from the opening quarter on it should be picture time again.
9-McWicked (9/2)-Issue is obviously the post but thinking D. Miller ducks, finds some cover and rolls late off a very fast pace. 8-year-old has won 5-7 here and has never missed hitting the board at Mohawk.
4-Jimmy Freight (5-1)-Hard-knocking horse could surprise with the right trip. Always tries hard and is another who has never missed the board in 13 tries here.
1-This Is The Plan (4-1)-Will be on the lead or close to it early, especially from this post. But will likely be fighting to hit the bottom of the ticket.
Race 9-Simcoe-Purse $171,503
2-Captain Crunch (6/5)-Hate to use the term a "lock" but if all systems are go it would be a surprise if Crunch is denied top honors.
3-Century Farroh (4-1)-Draws well, is very consistent and back on its home track, that all points to a clear second choice to me.
5-Stag Party (8-1)-Tossing last when used up in a very fast half. Miller should have this Coleman trainee rolling late, does like Mohawk and may add a little juice to the trifecta.
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