by Al Cimaglia
February 8, 2020
The Cam-Am 0.20 Pick 4 begins in Race 10 at Mohawk and concludes with leg 4 at the Meadowlands in Race 12. It's another challenging sequence and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 10-Mohawk-Leg 1
2-Matticulous GB (2-1)-5-year-old made 9 of his 26 starts last year and won 8 times. Looks like a player in 2nd start for Johnson and gets a ++ driver change as Roy takes a seat. A must use but will spread and hope for others.
4-Fancourt (10-1)-The track was rated as 'good' last week but it was tight and fast as this 7-year-old paced in 150.4. It was an impressive win being only 1-9 on a wet surface. Needs another top effort as this is a big step-up in class.
5-Ideal Jet (10-1)-Another who steps-up after a big mile from the 7-hole and led the entire way to win in 150.4 last week. 9-year-old still likes to win and is worth a swing here at a square price.
6-Beachin Lindy (15-1)-McClure will need to work the right trip, if so can compete with these and should be long odds. Got the trip in last but couldn't finish, will overlook and should be better on a fast track.
Race 11-Meadowlands-Leg 2
1-Ode To Gray (9/2)-Berry takes a seat and this is good spot to get sucked around and use a one well-timed brush to roll by down the lane.
2-A Major Omen (7/2)-Only 2-25 lifetime but is similar to #1 as Callahan can sit in. Does come home with quick last panels but can't pass them all. This is the 3rd straight drive for Callahan and maybe he can work a better finish.
5-Good Rockin (3-1)-Took the long way around from the 10-hole to just miss at 20-1 and is a major player here. Getting 20-1 isn't happening and probably will be the post-time chalk in 2nd Big M start with Dunn.
Race 11-Mohawk Park-Leg 3
1-Windsun Ricky (9/2)-Gets post relief and drops to a better spot. Looking for McClure to put in play early from the rail.
5-JKNR Liketell (6-1)-0-9 on an off-track and 5 of last 6 have been on a wet surface. But has hung in versus this kind for the most part. There seems to be a good chance for an honest pace and Hensley should be rolling down the lane.
10-Lyons Pegassus (5/2)-Chances for success would be much better if not starting in the 2nd tier but best to not overlook. Will need some breaks but the price should be better and Jamieson knows well.
Race 12-Meadowlands-Leg 4
2-Terror Hall (9/2)-Still looking for a picture at the Big M (0-9). But last time, McCarthy got the 7-year-old rolling late in the mile into a softer pace. McCarthy sticks and now comes right back 2 times in a row, looking for a big try.
3-Ideal Son (8-1)-Even effort in last but had missed a start, now comes right back. Likes to be around the money in East Rutherford, has hit the board in 18 of 33 starts.
5-Sunset Over Miami (7/2)-Last was better than the line looks, raced the back half in 56.3 but couldn't cash the top check. Gingras needs to put in play early and save ground again. Usually in the mix and will benefit from a quick pace.
0.20 Can-Am Pick 4
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