by Al Cimaglia
July 12, 2021
Woodbine Mohawk Park begins the week with an 11 race card. The headliners are three-year-old fillies battling in Ontario Sires Stakes-Grass Roots action. The 0.20 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 8, and that sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Zig Zag (5/2)-Makes the 3rd start on Lasix and drops to a soft spot. This might be a wake-up call and there could be some urgency tonight to be forwardly placed.
2-Nimbus Deo (6-1)-Comes off an even try versus better in the 1st start off the bench and this could be an opportunity to take the 1st picture in 2021. This mare loves Mohawk, has hit the board in 13 of 17 starts with 8 wins. Solid fractions would help and should like the company.
8-O Narutac Perfetto (9-1)-Finished ahead of #2 in last and gets a positive driver change with Jamieson taking a seat. This pilot has had success sitting behind this 10-year-old. Should be a threat at a nice price with a good cover flow.
6-Voluptuous (3-1)-Sunshine Beach filly went off at 3/5 on 6-24 and looked the part winning in 1.52 on her own. Paced the 2nd half in a solid 55.3 and that performance is difficult to overlook. Faces tougher, but my take is this Alagna trainee won't blush at this field. Looking for another picture and banking McNair does his job.
1-Grandma Heidi (5/2)-Was in tall cotton last week and now drops to a spot to shine. McNair shouldn't waste a lot of fuel getting to the point as there isn't much gate speed in this field. Looks like a major player at a short price.
2-I Got The Looks (9/2)-Raced from the back versus similar and rolled the back half in .56 to finish in a dead heat for 2nd. Henry takes the lines, he will need to be closer to the lead turning for home and maybe starting inside will help with a more efficient trip.
5-Only For Justice (3-1)-Christoforou's choice over #2 steps-up after finishing 2nd as a 9/5 chalk in last and does fit with this crew. This will be the 3rd start since returning from the East coast and should be in the hunt for the top prize with this post draw.
4-Western Wish (3-1)-Betterthancheddar filly likes to win and should be a threat if dialed on high. Does come off a sick scratch on 6-29. Makes the 2nd start for Auciello and was a picture taker in the barn debut on 6-17. Looks like a player if 100%.
6-Saulsbrook Olympia (7/2)-This filly has been a terror on the smaller B-track ovals and will respect chances here. Shows good speed and makes its 1st appearance at Wbsb. Has won 7 of 10 lifetime and comes off a stakes win at Clinton that had a $58,300 purse.
9-A Better Game (4-1)-Beaten chalk comes out of the same stake race as #6 but had a tough 1st over trip. JMac steers as McNair picked #4, and he has driven before. Should be better on the larger oval, has finished 1st and 2nd in 2 starts here. Might be overlooked at the windows.
Race 8) 1,2,8
Race 9) 6
Race 10) 1,2,5
Race 11) 4,6,9
Total Ticket Cost) $5.40 for $0.20
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