by Al Cimaglia
November 4, 2019
Woodbine Mohawk Park has an 11-race card set to kick-off the week. The feature comes in Race 9, a Preferred Trot with a $34,000 purse. The Late Pick 4 begins in Race 8 and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Dress To The Nines (7/2)-Might be a shade below #4 and #6 but Roy has a way of making a difference and will use from the rail. But 2-21 is a cause for concern.
4-Betsea (4-1)-Gets a positive driver change and shouldn't be 15 lengths back at the 1/4 pole, could get some revenge on #6.
6-Esprit Dequipe (2-1)-Winner of 2 straight deserves respect and if gets the top without much trouble it could be 3 in a row. But it may not be smooth sailing with main foes starting inside.
1-Dunbar Hall (10-1)-Was in tall cotton facing Breeder Crown foes but can make some noise with this field. The post draw should help and Hudon could work an advantageous trip and surprise.
8- Emoticon Hanover (9/5)-Looks for an overdue win and has been facing some tough foes. McClure probably will be blasting out and could be put in play early. Program chalk looks the part and should be tough to beat will a decent trip.
3-Free Exchange (3-1)-Beat a couple in this field last week as an odds-on favorite from the 8-hole. It appears like #6 should get the jump and be in front at the top of the stretch. This filly will need to grind it out and if cover flow is good should be heard from late.
6-Lady Driver (5/2)-Impressive win in last as the 2-1 chalk in 1st start for Auciello. Looks like a major player again off that confident win.
3-Knight Angel (15-1)-Comes off a win and now steps-up, will look to string along at a nice price.
6-On The Ropes (7/2)-Keeps winning and moving up the class ladder. Drury will likely leave and can get on the engine and not look back.
9-B Yoyo (3-1)-Raced big in last and was bet, this looks like a spot for an overdue win if trip doesn't take its toll.
Race 8) 1,4,6
Race 9) 1,8
Race 10) 3,6/
Race 11) 3,6,9
Total Ticket Cost) $7.20 for $0.20
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