by Al Cimaglia
July 27, 2020
The popular 0.20 Pick 5 leads off the Woodbine Mohawk card. The sequence has a $75,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Royal Esteem (10-1)-4-year-old mare makes her 3rd start back after the shutdown and fits with this crew. Saftic needs to work a trip and roll off live cover.
3-Kuil Deva (8-1)-This gal is the model of consistency when it comes to picking up checks but is only 2 for the last 33 and 2 for 43 at Wbsb. Will include at this price and should be in the hunt.
5-CT Conabra (5/2)-Lightly raced Kadabra 4-year-old could take a picture tonight and has held her own versus better. Needs a good steer and to mind manners, but best to not overlook.
7-HP Bruxelles (3-1)-5-time winner in 14 starts this year broke as a 3/2 chalk in last but deserves another chance. Mario B. has the lines and he knows well. Could grind her way around and roll by down the lane.
3-Dean B Hanover (8/5)-Drury chose the other good looking Coleman entry #1 but Cullen should be able to provide a good steer and keep the youngster focused. Betting Line 2-year-old looked powerful in winning debut all on his own in 153.3 with a 55.2 back half, so will string along.
1-Mouth Watering (5-1)-Slow starter will need to find cover but looks to be a threat versus this bunch. McIntosch trainee should be game to the wire at a square price.
6-Isla Seelster (3-1)-0-12 record here isn't inspiring but has hit the board 5 times. Didn't return to action with a bang, first two starts were bad but has been improving. Rolled the back half in .56 last week and could be sitting on a big try.
1-Jaydens Place (5-1)-Got sucked around last time to miss by a head against most of this field. Should be forwardly placed and a similar trip might be in the cards. Could surprise and loses McNair which should help the price.
4-Legal Bettor (7/2)-Makes 3rd start for new barn and this post draw may suit slow starter better than starting inside in previous two races. Young can work an effective trip and if pace is lively chances for a picture go up.
8-Julerica (3-1)-Makes 1st start for the Montini barn after a claim and comes off a powerful win from the 9-hole at this class. Nine-time winner in 28 starts at Wbsb could stay good and roll to another picture.
6-Knight Angel (4-1)-Winner of >$146k in 2019 has put in 2 clean lines and now bumps up. There should be a few leaving to get the lead so JMac has to work the best trip. Angel can compete with this group, so best to respect.
7-Superlative (9/2)-This is a slow starter that can pick off foes late in the mile if pace is swift. There are more than a couple who have gate speed so this race could set-up nicely for this 5-year-old mare.
8-Cue Hall (5-1)-Drops to a spot to shine and should offer a fair price. 8-year-old had an extended layoff stretching back to last July. This will be the 5th start off the bench, should like the company and last effort was its best.
Race 1) 2,3,5,7
Race 2) 3
Race 3) 1,6
Race 4) 1,4,8
Race 5) 6,7,8
Total Ticket Cost) $14.40 for $0.20
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