by Al Cimaglia
March 27, 2021
Tonight, there will be a mandatory payout in the Super Hi-5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The pool was frozen last Saturday and the carryover is $262,454.05.
As is usually the case in a mandatory payout situation, this is a challenging affair and it's difficult to completely eliminate many of the participants. My plays are built around #10, as a win possibility, and #6 towards the top of the ticket.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 11-Jackpot Hi-5
1-Outlaw Aceofspades (8-1)-Hit the board in 14 of 21 starts last year with a 150.2 mark here but hasn't taken a picture in 2021. Beat better than this at the end of 2020 and comes off 2 even efforts versus easier while going off as the chalk both times. Using towards the bottom of the ticket and might be overlooked at the windows.
2-Ideal Perception (6-1)-Beat #1 in last but is only 3 for the last 24 and has 1 win in 11 tries here. But could be in the hunt at a nice price. Can pass some foes down the lane and should be put in play early. Might get sucked around and surprise. Did face some tough company last year and comes off a sharp win.
3-Bettor B Going (10-1)-Not the easiest to figure out but could hang around to cash a check at long odds. Not a win candidate but can be in the hunt with a top effort. Will use underneath and might add some juice to the Hi-5 payout from this post.
4-Legion Seelster (7/2)-If this 5-year-old is near his best he should be a main player but there are some question marks. Beat better than this in 2020 but was put away after a win on 7-11 and then didn't qualify until 2-18-21. Was battling in a Preferred Handicap on 3-20 and now drops in for a $30,000 tag. Could draw off and win if firing on all cylinders at a short price.
5-Real Willey (8-1)-The case could be made McNair will keep Willey in play to hit the bottom of the ticket. Looks like a minor player and will need the right trip to cash a check versus this field.
6-East End (4-1)-Here's another dropper who was in with #4 facing Preferred Company and has cashed checks recently against tougher than this. This is the 1st start for the Fellows barn and lands in a good spot. MacDonald steers tonight and this looks like a candidate to use near the top of the ticket.
7-Evenwood Sonofagun (3-1)-Raced from the back of the pack and closed hard with a 55.3 last half versus similar to cash a 2nd place check. This field looks deeper and being 13 lengths back at the first call isn't a winning formula here. McClure needs to work the right trip and my guess is this 9-year-old won't offer much value but could be sitting on a big try.
8-P L Jackson (15-1)-Doesn't fit well with this group and the post draw doesn't help at all. This looks like one that could be tossed or used at best in the 5th slot.
9-Butter Bay Hanover (15-1)-Has the gate speed to get a decent early seat and might hang around but appears to be in tall cotton. Might sneak in at the bottom of the ticket at long odds but this field is probably too tough to expect better.
10-Mongolian Hero N (9/2)-Drops to a more comfortable spot after leaving from the 2nd tier in last. Did close in .55 but that wasn't good enough as the fractions weren't hot and was far back early. My guess is the speed inside will help Roy put this 8-year-old in a good seat early on. The pace should be lively and could be in striking range at the top of the lane. Best to not overlook at a square price.
11-Pointomygranson (15-1)-Would need to trip out to beat this group and that doesn't appear likely from the 2nd tier. Won't completely toss but will use only at the bottom of the ticket.
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