by Al Cimaglia
June 29, 2020
The popular 0.20 Early Pick 5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park kicks-off the card and will be my focus. It is a competitive sequence with a $75,000 guaranteed pool and 15% takeout.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Heid (15-1)-Not a bad effort in 1st start since 11/23. Now moves in from the 7-hole and should be a price. Roy steers again, he got her off the gate and kept the filly trotting.
4-Chelseas Magic (7/2)-Stayed trotting in qualifier and 1st start of the year. Trotted 57.3 in the 2nd half of the mile and should be in the hunt in a difficult race.
8-Enchanting Gal (9/2)-Last qualifier was good enough to take notice and raced the back half in 57.4. Should like the company and if gets the right trip it could be graduation time.
3-Betalady (6-1)-Comes off a sharp effort in a quick mile to finish 2nd. Barn has been doing well, likes the track, drew well and could offer a solid price. Might get the 2-hole behind the 7/5 chalk and is a use in gimmicks.
5-Alicorn (7/5)-Tuned up nicely and will be difficult to beat if dialed on high in 1st start of the year. Looks ready and this will be a single on many tickets.
8-Lauras Love (4-1)-This is a good test for this nice looking 3-year-old who has won 5 of 7 in 2020. McClure will have in play but will need a hot pace.
3-Yacht Seelster (7/2)-Raced the back half on 6/20 in .53 to come 2nd. 0-6 this year and McClure needs to work a favorable journey. Looking for a more aggressive start to be in striking range at the top of lane.
4-Sweet N Fast N (3-1)-Takes a meaningful drop in 3rd race after the re-start. This looks like a spot to pick-up a 3rd win in 11 starts this year.
6-Rock N Talkin (8-1)-Filion gets the catch drive on this 4-year-old who had 2 sharp local starts. Closed into some wicked fractions last time. Should be forwardly placed tonight and could add some juice to the Pick 5 payout.
2-Refi (6-1)-Left and got a perfect 2-hole trip and rolled by late. Won't be as easy this time but this is a sharp, handy horse. Offers some value at the ML odds of 6-1 and barn keeps winning.
3-Only Take Cash (5-1)-Raced evenly in 1st race since 11/14. McIntosh trainee has won 4 of 8 starts at Wbsb and fits with this group. This is another tough race and Henry should put in play early. Might be tight enough to take a picture.
2-Iwontdothatagain (7/2)-Loses Roy but gets McNair and more important now gets post relief. Has started from the 9-10 and 8 posts in last 3 and has been flying late. McNair may gun for the engine and steal a quarter in an interesting race.
3-Icy Blue Scooter (4-1)-Drops out of Preferreds into a spot to shine. JMac needs a good steer to capture 1st win in 2020. Looks like a major player and likes to takes pictures, was 16-30 in 2019.
4-Peace Out Posse (5-1)-This is the other Moreau trainee and Roy has some choices. Drops and also gets post relief. Best to not overlook and should offer a square price.
Race 1) 1,4,8
Race 2) 3,5,8
Race 3) 3,4,6
Race 4) 2,3
Race 5) 2,3,4
Total Ticket Cost) = $32.40 for $0.20
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