by Al Cimaglia
September 26, 2020
The headliner at Woodbine Mohawk Park is the Mohawk Million which is carded as Race 10. Ten freshmen trotters will be competing for an actual purse of $1,320,000. Besides the Million there are three other big money stakes with a cumulative $1.39 million in purses, which makes this the biggest night of racing at Mohawk.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 5-Shes A Great Lady-Final-Purse $455,000
4-Caviart Audrey (8/5)-Audrey came 2nd in her baby race debut, since then is 5 for 5 and has been unstoppable. Gingras has some options and will look to keep her record in Milton a perfect 4 for 4.
5-Notorious Pink (3-1)-Pink suffered her 1st loss at Wbsb in the last start coming 2nd to #4. This should be a great race. McClure could be on the lead or in the 2-hole and looks like a major threat.
3-Scarlett Hanover (5/2)-This is another fine filly who is seeking her 4th straight win. Gingras picks #4 so McCarthy is between the pipes. Has won 2 of 5 starts here and it would be no surprise if she finishes higher.
Race 7-Milton Final-Purse $215,000
3-Kissin In The Sand (3-1)-Rates a slight edge coming off a nice win in the Milton Elim. Had a sick scratch on 8/29 and last week was the 1st start since 8/8. Being fresh at this time of year could make a big difference.
6-So Much More (9/2)-Versatile and consistent describes this mare. Should be a square price and if the steer is top notch could pull off an upset.
2-Warrawee Ubeaut (5/2)-Has lost the lead down the lane in last 2 starts. Best to respect but have to wonder if bouncing back and forth over the border in the last 6 weeks has taken its toll a bit.
$5 Exacta Box 3-6, $5 Exacta Box 2-6, Total Bet=$20
Race 8-Metro Final-Purse $720,000
3-Abuckabett Hanover (6/5)-Betting Line colt has been dialed on high in every start winning 4 of 6 starts. The Alagna trainee gets a favorable post draw and is a perfect 3 for 3 at Wbsb. Should be taking another picture if brings his "A" game.
8-Lawless Shadow (7/2)-Home town favorite is no slouch and appears to be the biggest threat to the top choice. The outside post may hinder chances for a win. But has the gate speed to get a good early seat. Could be a threat late in the mile if lands in the 2-hoel without draining his tank.
6-No Better Joy (12-1)-JMac takes a seat for the 1st time and he likes to be patient and roll late. That style fits this freshman. Looks like a use underneath to spice up the gimmicks.
$5 Exacta 3-6, $2 Exacta 8-6, Total Bet=$7
Race 10-Mohawk Million-Purse $1,320,000
3-Donna Soprano (2-1)-This filly could not possibly look any better. The Blais trainee could be an odds-on choice and McClure will likely make an early move to take control. Should be a clean trip away from a big payday and a perfect 6-6 record.
6-Tokyo Seelster (12-1)-Likes the track winning 3 times in 9 starts and has 3 third place finishes as well. Filion should have this Kadabra colt in striking range to be in the hunt for a 2nd place check.
10-Venerate (3-1)-Comes off a sharp win at the Red Mile and would have been rated higher if started on the gate. McCarthy takes over for Andy Miller and could hit the board with the right trip.
$10 Exacta 3-6, Total Bet=$10
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