by Al Cimaglia
September 8, 2020
Woodbine Mohawk Park has an 11-race card ready to roll tonight. The 0.20 Early Pick 5 starts the program, it has a $100,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus. Last night, the Early Pick 5 pool was over $130,000.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Emotions Riches (7/2)-Raced well versus better and now faces a bunch of new faces. May have a case of 2nd-itis. But this could be the field to break through and take a picture.
3-Harry (9/2)-Sluggish starts against tougher, so has had trouble putting things together for a victory but Henry sticks. Could be a player with an alert start.
6-Highland Mowgli (4-1)-Gingras takes over from Henry and this 2-year-old has three 2nd place finishes in 6 starts. Maybe tonight a new set of hands will do the trick and lead to a picture. The past winners are not in this field.
2-Zephry Seelster (4-1)-Seemed to be improving and was bet down to 9/5 at this class last week and caught a bad shuffle. Jamieson should have this filly no worse than 2nd at the first call and can be there at the wire.
4-Saulsbrook Flashy (3-1)-Has had excuses in last couple, now drops and draws well. Appears to have the speed to be a player as long as the trip is smooth.
8-Sure Do Love You (7/2)-Has been off since 6/23 but did qualify well on 9/1. Roy tuned-up this well bred filly in 156.2 and it wouldn't be a surprise if she fired hot off the bench.
2-Adrenaline Rush (9/2)-Comes off 2 nice wins, 1 here the other at Sarnia and McClure will be aboard again. In the 7/20 win at Mohawk this 2-year-old rolled the back half in 56.2, so best to respect.
7-Metallica (3-1)-Broke at Sar in a Grassroots race and before that did well here. Has enough gate speed to get a good early seat and should be in the hunt throughout.
10-Big Bang Bang (6-1)-Another who comes off a break this time at GeoD. Does have good speed and has been rolling late in the mile. Could pop at a nice price if Drury can put in play by the top of the lane and pace is honest.
4-Cool Music (7/2)-Had a nice try at this level on 8/24 but has been starting slowly in recent races. Draws well and makes 1st start for new barn. Using and will hope for a smooth journey.
5-Only Take Cash (5-1)-4-year-old mare fits with this group. Henry has options from this post, should be a main player and the morning line might be generous.
8-Villefranche As (4-1)-Stepping-up after losing as a post-time favorite is not a usual go-to. Roy got her going off cover at the tune of 55.3 for the 2nd half, but it was too little too late versus a strong winner. Looking for an earlier move and should be a solid price.
3-Mustang Beach (7/2)-Gets post relief after starting the last 3 races from post 8. Did manage to win here back on 8/6 at 41-1. Last start was at Sarnia on 8/22 when they went to the half in 53.3 and this 2-year old did hold position to the wire. Is off 17-days but seems to be a cut above the rest.
0.20 Early Pick 5
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