by Al Cimaglia
December 7, 2020
Tonight, Woodbine Mohawk Park has a competitive card with 10 races scheduled. The very popular 0.20 Early Pick 5 starts the action. The sequence has a $100,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Electrapedia (4-1)-Makes 2nd start for new connections. Was off for 5 weeks before last start which was an even effort in the slop. Sports an 0-3 record on an off-track, so looking for better and should be forwardly placed.
3-High Gear No Fear (5/2)-Winner of 2 in a row beat this entire field in last start. Draws well, barn has been good and there's no reason to leave out.
4-The First Chapter (3-1)-Was good 2 starts back and caught a rough trip in the slop in last. Jamieson should be able to work a better trip and he has options, looks like a threat at a fair price.
4-Passion N Pearls (8-1)-Has been trying hard and gets post relief so will use looking for a more friendly trip. Camera shy filly could be over looked at the windows in a race with many question marks.
5-Oceanview Echo (4-1)-Drew off by 7 lengths at London and now steps up. McNair will probably send and hope the long stretch can be negotiated. Likes to win, using and will hope big track debut is a success.
8-Better Country (3-1)-Has been trying hard despite 0-9 record as post draws haven't been kind. In last 3 starts, 2 were from the 2nd tier. Roy should have in play and has faced better competition than the rest of the field.
6-HP Bruxelles (9/2)-Last was in the slop, was off 3-weeks and had a tough trip so there were excuses. Beat this kind the start before from the 9-hole. Looking for a bounce back effort at a square price.
7-Life Is A Feast (4-1)-Jamieson takes the lines and there isn't much gate speed inside so he could be leaving. Has a post edge over #8 and chances go up with an alert start.
8-Nimbus Deo (7/2)-Has won 8 of 11 at Wbsb and will toss last break on a sloppy track. Regular pilot Filion returns and best to not overlook. Should be a player with a decent trip and this the 2nd start on Lasix.
9-Darkest Secret (7/2)-McClure steers the other Moreau trainee, and this one has decent gate speed. The plan could be to leave, get on the engine, steal a quarter and take a picture. Best to respect that happening.
10-Sunshines Finest (3-1)-Filion's pick over the 9 just handled $8k claimers and now moves up. Most of this field aren't proven $10k claimers so chances for a repeat rests on a trip from the 2nd tier.
7-A Boy Named Suuzz (7/2)-Beat the $17k claimers for 4th straight win. Now in for a $25k tag and still looks like a major player.
9-Cinnamack (3-1)-Raced big from post 8 in a determined effort to collar Choreographer last week. In for a $29,000 tag so has to find a way from an outside post gain. Drury is back between the pipes and should be in the hunt at the wire.
Race 1) 1,3,4
Race 2) 4,5,8
Race 3) 6,7,8
Race 4) 9,10
Race 5) 7,9
Total Ticket Cost) $21.60 $0.20
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