by Al Cimaglia
December 19, 2020
Tonight, as is customary at this time of the year, there is a mandatory payout in the Jackpot Hi-5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The carryover stands at $335,940.32 and the actions starts in Race 11. The pool could grow into seven figures and it appears to be a competitive race.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 11 Jackpot Hi-5 Mandatory Payout-Carryover $335,940
1-Dreamy Fella (15-1)-Steps-up and although a picture is doubtful could hang around to get a piece of the Hi-5 at a decent price.
2-Mach Code (10-1)-Scott Young is the usual pilot and he is back between the pipes. Appeared to be on the muscle in last but when pulled near the half couldn't clear the eventual winner. My guess is Young leaves and could get the top, best to not overlook chances of being in the hunt at the wire.
3-Rootin Tootin (9/2)-Missed almost a month from 10/31-11/27, this will be 3rd time McClure takes the lines and the 4th start in sequence. Broke poorly in last, was caught on the rail and couldn't close quick enough to hit the board. Looking for an aggressive steer and could use a well-timed move to be first to cross the line. Taking a swing for a square price in race without a true standout.
4-Heavenly Sound (6-1)-Record this year is 1-21 and this is only the 2nd start since 10/25. Has the speed to hit the ticket if dialed on high but would like to see that type of effort first. Only 2-47 the past 2 years and doesn't interest me much at the morning line price.
5-Rockin In Heaven (3-1)-Disappointed in the NW3KL5 as in even money chalk and couldn't seal the deal. The trip was taxing but the fractions were not lively and at 3-1 this tepid program chalk doesn't excite me. Will look to others at the top of the ticket. Eight-year-old has banked over $951,000 and the back-class players will be using and maybe keying.
6-Tigers Way (8-1)-Tiger is 0-20 this year and 3-45 since 2019. But should fit with this crew and can close to hit the ticket with an alert start. JMac has steered before and should be able to push the button down the lane.
7-Sams A Champ A )7/2)-Shows a win at this level back on 10/31 and has been 0-5 since, while taking on better. Roy is in the bike tonight and he might wake-up this 8-year-old. This is a spot to shine but needs a favorable trip.
8-Dreamfair Moxy (4-1)-Drops and has been noticeable at this level in the past but is camera shy and is only 2-25 this year. Cullen may be forced to leave and that might work for hitting the Hi-5. But at the 4-1 morning line this 4-year-old won't be used at the very top of my ticket.
9-Osborne Seelster (15-1)-Loses McNair to #11 and at this class has trouble cashing checks, so will toss.
10-Casimir Richie P (15-1)-Makes 3rd start off the bench and is stuck with post 10 for two consecutive races. Would need a few breaks to win but Henry can find a way to get into the top 5 and should be a nice price. Has hit the board in 28 of 51 Wbsb starts with 11 wins.
11-American Virgin (8-1)-McNair sticks with this Moreau 8-year-old and like #10 would need some pixie dust to win. But could be part of the Pick 5 payout and at a solid price.
Total Ticket Cost) $72 for $0.20
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