by Al Cimaglia
July 20, 2020
Tonight, Woodbine Mohawk Park is featuring 2-year-olds in Grass Roots action. The 0.20 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 8 and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Brilliant Corners (3-1)-Comes off a sharp qualifier and went the 2nd half in .55 and the last quarter in 26.4.
Seems to be handy and capable of a nice brush. Filion should keep in striking range.
4-Mr Charisma (7/2)-Was used early on and just fell short in a quick mile. Drury drives and maybe he will look for a more patient approach and seek a stalking trip.
6-Vino Louis (2-1)-Drops down to a better spot after getting on the engine into a quick half. That didn't work as faded badly to finish a well beaten 5th. This is a better opportunity to pick-up 2nd win in 3 starts.
3-Bush Man N (6-1)-One of two Auciello entries drops to a spot to snag 1st win in 6 Wbsb starts. There isn't much difference between #3 and #6 but this guy will probably be a better price. McNair will likely be aggressive from the start.
5-Grand Poobah (3-1)-Drury steers this Auciello pupil. 4-year-old has made almost every start at Wbsb and has 4 wins in 54 tries. Camera shy like his stablemate but this is a soft spot from a good post.
3-Saulsbrook Hero (5-1)-My guess is the plan in the debut was to race near the back and then let the 2-year-old roll in the 2nd half. Mission accomplished, now faces a different crew and could surprise at a nice price if put into striking range.
4-Wise Key K (7/2)-Barn is cold and colt makes its 2nd start but did roll the back half in 55.1 so will include versus this group. Filion is back in the bike, maybe the plan will be to start sooner and be in range at the top of the lane.
6-Bulldog Hanover (3-1)-Went a big mile in 1st start from the 8-hole but couldn't catch #9. Catches a better post draw and should be a major player here.
9-Lawless Shadow (9/2)-Comes off a sharp win in 1st start and was bet like the real deal going off as an odds-on chalk. This won't be as easy starting from post 9 instead of post 2 but still best to respect.
1-Proberts Legacy (8-1)-Had little go well in 1st start off the bench. Makes debut for Fellows barn who has been winning their share. 5-year-old had a 152.3 mark on the 5/8's at Frd. Looking for better at a juicy price in a race without a standout.
4-Walter Mitty (9/2)-Comes back to its favorite track and goes back on Lasix but is 1-13 on the year. McClure should be able to find some live cover and look to roll by down the lane at a square price.
7-Islandspecialmajor (3-1)-Beaten favorite should like the company and JMac could be moving early to get a good seat. Has good gate speed and can come off cover, versatile 7-year-old might take a picture with a good steer.
Race 8) 2,4,6
Race 9) 3,5
Race 10) 3,4,6,9
Race 11) 1,4,7
Total Ticket Cost) $14.40 for $0.20
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