by Al Cimaglia
September 5, 2020
There is a big night of racing on tap at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The headliners include the Goodtimes Final, the Maple Leaf Trot and the Canadian Pacing Derby. Those three stakes will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 3-Goodtimes-Final-Purse $215,000
5-Ready For Moni (3/5)-This colt deserves the 3/5 morning line favoritism as only loss came to Ramona Hill in the Hambo Final. It would be a huge surprise if this Takter trainee doesn't take another picture tonight. Trixton set the Canadian track record in 2014 with a 151.3 mile in the Goodtimes and that mark could be in jeopardy tonight.
3-Play Trix On Me (5-1)-Did come 2nd to the chalk last week and gets the services of McClure this evening. Toscano trainee was off 3 weeks before last start. Has been in the money in 12 of 14 and recorded 7 wins.
4-HP Royal Theo (9/2)-Raced well from the 9-hole to win his elimination easily and now should be in the hunt to cash a 2nd place check. Roy steers for the Baillargen barn who has been sending them out ready to win all year.
$10 Exacta 5-3-Total Bet=$10
Race 5-Maple Leaf Trot-Purse $560,000
9-Gimpanzee (5/2)-The temptation is to look to beat the Breeders Crown Champ without his regular connections able to cross the border and from this post but that's not my choice. My guess is McNair won't try to win the race in opening 1/4 and will look to come off cover and sweep to the top later on. That was basically the script last October in the BC Final and will look for similar with the same outcome.
10-Manchego (3-1)-Has 3 wins in 8 starts here and although last couple haven't been as sharp Roy should put this mare in play this week. Starts in the 2nd tier but could line up behind #3 Guardian Angel As who will probably blast out, so the trip may not be too bad.
9-Atlanta (9/2)-This multi-million dollar winner has tailed off in last 2 and made a rare break in the Armbro Flight. Does good work at Wbsb and it wouldn't be a shock if she finished higher so best to not overlook. Does have 3 wins in 10 starts at Mohawk and has only missed the board once.
$10 to Win on 9-Total Bet=$10
Race 9-Canadian Pacing Derby-Purse $540,000
7-Century Farroh (4-1)-Comes into the Derby razor sharp and benefited from a patient drive by Dave Miller to win the Dan Patch. Loses Miller but gets the services of the meets leading driver Sylvain Filion. Should be able to find live cover and roll late. The pace should be quick and this 4-year-old can dial up one big brush.
4-Sintra (9/2)-Jamieson should provide a good steer for this veteran as both have connected for some big wins here and 3 years ago combined for a Derby victory. Winner of 13 of 24 starts at Wbsb is in fine form and is a live gimmick play.
3-Backstreet Shadow (3-1)-Gingras takes over for Tetrick on this Burke trainee who has been in the money in 12 of 13 here with 7 wins. This is a competitive, versatile 5-year-old who has the gate speed to get a close-up seat and could trip out.
$10 Exacta Key 7/3,4
$5 Exacta 3,4/7
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