by Al Cimaglia
February 27, 2021
Woodbine Mohawk Park has a 10-race card ready to go with the 0.20 Early Pick 5 kicking off the night. The sequence has a $100,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Last night, except for Race 8, winners were on the lead or close to it at the top of the lane. James MacDonald and Bob McClure led the drivers with two pictures each. All ten races were won by different conditioners.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Mister Magic (3-1)-Winner of 4 straight before the stoppage in December came off the bench hot and took another picture last week. Back in versus some of the same for the 2nd start for new barn and looks like a threat again.
5-All Wrapped Up (7/2)-Comes off a bumpy trip versus better and should appreciate the company. Lightly raced last year and has had issues but is a player if dialed on high tonight.
10-ImThe Muscle (9/2)-Dropped and popped last week in the 1st start after the halt. Needs to get a break or two from this post but Roy can provide the right trip and should be a square price.
1-Evenwood Sonofagun (5/2)-Comes off a 1st over tussle last week and faded down the lane. Can race close to the top of the stack with this post and has beaten much better in the past. Should be tighter tonight and in the hunt at the wire.
3-Traceur Hanover (3-1)-Bumps up a couple of notches after going gate to wire last week from the 7-hole. This is a tougher task but will use this veteran with a start under his belt. Does have the ability for a repeat win and should be forwardly placed.
1-Beyond Better (3-1)-Comes off a big qualifier on an off track and McClure takes a spin here. Best to respect in 1st start back and can get into striking range at the top of the lane.
5-Captain Video (4-1)-Steps-up but comes off an impressive win last week as the chalk off a tough journey. Should be tighter, the trip could be better and so might the price.
6-Talbot Romeo (7/2)-Lightly raced late bloomer has won 8 of 12 lifetime and 5 of 8 at Wbsb. Romeo likes to win and best to not overlook in a very tough race.
1-Aintnobettor A (10-1)-Looking for a nice price and if this 7-year-old gets a decent early seat McNair could use one big brush to roll by near the wire.
3-Real Willey (3-1)-Dropped to a soft spot last week and won convincingly. Willy doesn't take as many pictures these days but has battled better than this. Filion can work a sweet trip from this post and a repeat win shouldn't be a surprise.
6-Torrin Hanover (5/2)-Has raced from the back in the last 2 starts versus better. This is a spot for a more aggressive steer, loses Filion but Young can put into play. Should like the company, could take a picture with a better start and a good steer.
4-Hello Love (4-1)-In first start back, left from post 7 and stayed inside to cash a 2nd place check while finishing behind #5.
Will look for more this week with the better post draw even though this crew is tougher. Could be battling for the top of the ticket at a fair price.
6-Kendall Seelster (3-1)-Faces better in 2nd start off the bench and was flying late last time pacing the back half in 54.4. Just missed catching a determined winner and could be even better this week. McClure is back again and that won't hurt.
Race 1) 4,5,10
Race 2) 1,3
Race 3) 1,5,6
Race 4) 1,3,6
Race 5) 4,6
Total Ticket Cost) $21.60 for $0.20
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