by Al Cimaglia
March 16, 2020
Woodbine Mohawk Park has a 10-race card scheduled to start the week. The Early 0.20 Pick 5 kicks-off the card. That sequence has a $75,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
7-Tymal Riggs (9/2)-Makes 3rd lifetime start and has been racing from the back. But it might be time to be used more aggressively from the start and a short field doesn't hurt chances.
8-Victor Invictus (5/2)-Could leave to get a good seat because there isn't a lot of gate speed that has shown up so far in this field. Has the ability to pass foes, so may duck and then pull to roll by down the lane.
6-Miss Rockadali (7/2)-Has finished 2nd in last 3 starts and each time was used hard off the gate. In a spot now to get the top or the 2-hole behind #7 without much strain and that could lead to a picture.
7 Lucky Player (9/5)-Makes 1st start for new barn after snagging a sharp win from the 9-hole against 6 from this field. Looks like a major player again.
5-Morraly Flexible (6-1)-Just missed in last after grabbing the lead early in the mile. That was a different tactic that almost worked and will use right back.
10-Major Muscle (5-1)-Best to respect even from this post because this could be the field to capture an overdue win as long as McClure provides a sharp steer.
1-Traveller (5-1)-Muscle Mass colt comes off a good qualifier and could win right out of the box in a field without a standout.
3-Gamblin Road (9/5)-Makes 2nd start of the year and raced well in the back half on 3-6. Looks like Henry can put in play early in the mile and be in striking distance at the top of the lane.
7-Tymal Tarot (8-1)-Didn't accomplish much as a freshman but comes off 2 qualifiers and the last was a sharp effort. Trainer hands the lines to McClure and at 8-1 in the ML is well worth a swing.
1-Osborne Seelster (5-1)-1 for the last 39 is a reason to avoid but not being all in on the ML chalk leads me to include from the rail. Should be sitting close to the lead and could use one big move down the lane.
3-Phill The Thrill (6-1)-There is no doubt Phil likes to roll late and he is a threat but is trip dependent. Has the speed to win at a square price.
4-Dovuto Hanover (12-1)-Makes 1st start since 12-15 and has done well here in the past. Taking a swing at this price and the connections can fire hot off the bench. Did race the back half in 55.4 in 3-12 qualifier.
9-White Hair Rocks (5/2)-My thinking is McNair leaves and could get the top without using up a lot of gas. If he can steal a soft quarter this guy knows how to win. Only 1-13 at Wbsb is a concern and will use but shoot for a better return.
Race 1) 7,8
Race 2) 6,7
Race 3) 5,10
Race 4) 1,3,7
Race 5) 1,3,4,9
Total Ticket Cost) $19.20 for $0.20
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