by Al Cimaglia
August 9, 2021
Tonight's 11 race card at Woodbine Mohawk starts off as usual with the 0.20 Early Pick 5 which has a $100,000 guaranteed pool. It's a competitive sequence and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Heavensdor Hanover (5/2)-McNair is back between the pipes and he has gotten the best out of this 5-year-old the last 2 times he has steered. Should be forwardly placed throughout and it could be the 3rd straight picture with this pilot.
7-Okeanos (7/2)-If there is speed battle up front and the fractions are lively this lightly raced 5-year-old should benefit. Makes the 2nd start off the bench and raced from the back in last but came the 2nd half in 55.3. Best to keep in mind, came off the bench and won his 2nd start as the chalk versus this class back in March of 2020. Could history repeat itself?
4-Many Moons (7/5)-Looks a cut or two above the rest of the field. Comes off 2 straight wins and has made it looked easy. Stopped the timer in 151.3. in last and with a smooth trip it should be the 3rd win in 4 starts this year.
2-Free Willy Hanover (3-1)-Got on the engine and didn't look back in last at 4/5 with Drury aboard but tonight he sticks with Auciello (#3-Buzz). So, Roy will do the steering in the 4th start off the bench and he could follow a similar script. Steps-up and still fits well, was cashing checks versus better at the end of 2020.
7-Mister Of All (9/2)-Team Hudon entry comes off a nice qualifier on 8-3. Goes back on Lasix tonight and could be in the mix with this crew if 100%.
8-Teddys Littleangel (10-1)-Here's another who has had some issues and comes off a decent qualifier. McNair steers and he was up in the tune-up. This pilot has had success with Teddy before and should offer a nice price in a race without a standout.
2-Behavenmyself (7/2)-This mare has done her best work with Roy between the pipes and he is back in the bike. The Johnson barn has won at a 21% clip over the last 30 days. This mare runs hot and cold and could be sitting on a big try tonight.
6-T C Scandal (3-1)-Is only 2-22 but comes off a strong effort in last to get its 1st win at Wbsb in 3 tries. Rates a big chance off the last score and is another Johnson entry.
9-Vines To Heaven (5/2)-First start off the claim for the Moreau barn and he won with this mare on 7-26. Went off as an odds-on chalk in last and has the gate speed to get the job done from out here.
1-Logan Park (3-1)-Took a few weeks off and had a tune-up on 8-2 to get ready for a big purse. Now returns to face Gold company which he has defeated in 2 and 3 back. Should be a main player.
5-Publicity Seeker (7/2)-Comes off 2 wins in the Dream of Glory series and has been in the mix at the wire versus Gold company at Wbsb. Winner in 5 of 9 at Mohawk draws a choice post and should be in play early on.
11-Fashion Frenzie (9/2)-Comes off a tough trip to cash a 2nd place check in last. Moreau trainee has had some issues, but the talent is there to take the top prize even from the 2nd tier. Has hit the board in 7 of 9 here with 6 pictures. The post helps the price and best to not overlook.
Race 1) 3,7
Race 2) 4
Race 3) 2,7,8
Race 4) 2,6,9
Race 5) 1,5,11
Total Ticket Cost) =$10.80 for $0.20
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