by Al Cimaglia
February 3, 2020
The 0.20 Early Pick 5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park has a $75,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus. There appears to be some live price shots that could lead to a nice payout.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-P L Idaho (7/2)-Set the pace on an off-track and faded. Not an easy horse to predict but is worth another swing versus this crew. Could leave and try to take control and not look back. A dry track wouldn't hurt chances.
5-Oceanview Magnum (9/2)-16-time winner in 2019 was claimed in last 2 and now starts for a hot barn. Jamieson can work a nice trip from this post and will look for a better effort for new connections.
6-Kingofthejungle (5-1)-Will likely be looking to come off a helmet but did blast out 2 back to a 26.4 opening quarter. Could be overlooked at the windows and JMac has some options in a race without a standout.
5-Refi (4/5)-Rolled home last week after being 12 lengths back at the half way mark, looks to be a cut above the rest and should be bet hard.
2-Knopfler (8-1)-Drops after having excuses in last 3. Slow starter is at a better level but needs to find live cover and a quick pace. Not sure that can all happen but will use at a juicy price.
3-Zig Zag (5/2)-Cruised home from the 8-hole in last but #5 wasn't in the field. Looks like a player if fires best shot.
5-Blazing Trail (9/5)-Has taken 2 pictures since changing barns and is a major contender if races back to those efforts. Should be included but can't completely trust.
7-Tomy Terror (7/2)-Jamieson's choice has been facing some tough customers, but they aren't in the mix tonight. Looks like a spot to snag an overdue win and is 10 out of 44 at Wbsb.
8-Mister Godro (8-1)-Has only 1 win in 18 starts here and had a flat effort in last but was off for more than 4 weeks. Fits here and is usually in the hunt. Roy can work a smooth trip and pop at a nice price.
10-Zen Da Ballykeel (4-1)-Does like to race near the lead and that could be an issue from this post. Trusting Filion to work some magic as this is a consistent check getter who hit the board in 26 of 44 starts in 2019.
6-Major Muscle (8-1)-Faded down the lane after being used to get the top on an off-track. Hasn't won in a while but has had excuses. Looking for an aggressive try on a dry track at an appealing price.
7-P L Jill (2-1)-Drops to a better level to compete for top honors but does need a trip. Best to not overlook but will look to others as well.
8-Derf Hanover (6-1)-McNair returns, and he could be out and winging in a race without much gate speed. Using and hoping the drive could be the difference.
Race 1) 4,5,6
Race 2) 2,3,5
Race 3) 7,8,10
Race 4) 6,7,8
Total Ticket Cost) $16.20 for $0.20
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