by Al Cimaglia
June 4, 2022
Woodbine Mohawk Park has a loaded 10-race card scheduled for this evening. The feature goes in Race 5 when Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action is center stage. The 0.20 Early Pick 5 starts the night. The sequence has a $100,000 guaranteed pool, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Kickupyaheels N (3-1)-Willing to toss the last dull start, fits here and is usually in the hunt when minds manners. Filion should work a good trip from this post and will look for a big try.
8-Sunday Afternoon (9/2)-Dunn steers and thinking an aggressive steer is coming. Has the gate speed to be in put in play early and should offer a square price.
9-Dream Dancing (6-1)-The post draw doesn't help but Roy could leave and try to steal a quarter. That plan almost worked on 4-23 and is another who should offer a nice price.
7-Pebbel Beach (4/5)-Raced from the back at M1 versus older in its season debut and came a strong 2nd closing in 25.2. Should be posing versus this field without a bad trip.
3-Awesome Hill (6-1)-This will be a big test but has been impressive finishing in the money in 12 of 14 this year. Henry should be racing near the top of the stack, could surprise and add some value to the ticket.
4-Oakwoodanabella IR (8/5)-This Brian Brown trainee is in sharp from and has been very consistent hitting the board in all 17 starts with 12 wins. Program chalk looks the part of a main player.
6-Hot Mess Express (4-1)-Has had a dull start to the year but now faces a short field and could be ready for a top try in the 3rd start off the bench. Did show some life in last pacing the 2nd half in 54.1.
1-Abuckabett Hanover (3-1)-Rolled home at the Big M in the Graduate on 5-7 and put in a nice qualifier here on 5-28. Has won 4 of 7 at M1 and could be ready for another big effort.
4-Bulldog Hanover (5/2)-Makes the 1st start of the year in East Rutherford and is partial to this oval (15-10-3-0). Appears to be headed for big 4-year-old season and best to not overlook tonight.
4-I Love Ongait (8-1)-Comes off a huge try from post 10. Got the top and almost lasted even though the fractions were lively. Should be in line for a less taxing journey.
6-In The Mood (10-1)-Will use this price shot who has been good this year and has hit the board in 9 of 12 here with 7 wins. Looking for Filion to have in striking range at the top of the lane.
11-Prohibition Legal (6/5)-Would be a strong odds-on choice with a decent post draw and should be bet hard anyway. The #2 has some gate speed, which could help. One way or the other JMac should work a good enough trip.
0.20 Early Pick 5
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