by Al Cimaglia
June 29, 2021
Woodbine Mohawk Park has 10 races set for this evening. The 0.20 Early Pick 4 begins in Race 4, and that sequence will be my focus.
On Monday, the driver with the hottest hands was James MacDonald with three wins. Shawn Steacy was the top conditioner with two trips to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Ideal Jet (3-1)-Probably needed the last 2 at Georgian and fits well at this level. JMac takes the lines, he's been hot and that shouldn't hurt. Has the gate speed to be forwardly placed and could be sitting on a big try.
6-Sea Laird (8-1)-This is the 3rd start off the bench and this race might set-up nicely for this slow starter. The fractions could be lively and has a shot at an upset if Boyd is close to the leader at the head of the lane.
9-Always N The Money (7/2)-Left from post 5 last week and was used a couple of times in notching the 2nd win in 2021. Needs a sharp steer and the post makes the price. McNair will probably be out and winging looking for a close-up seat. Should be a threat for a 2nd straight win with an efficient trip.
6-Sombre (7/2)-Left hard from post 7 in the 1st start off the bench. That's not the typical tactic and the trip took its toll. But should be tighter and might be ready for a big try coming off cover.
10-TT Conway (3-1)-Has the gate speed to be put in play early. Beaten favorite could be tough to beat with a smooth trip. Roy should be up to the task and the post draw helps the price.
1-Jayens Place (9/2)-Winner of 2 straight steps up but best to not dismiss with this post draw. Can show enough gate speed to protect the rail and does good work racing near the top of the stack.
3-Quan Blue Chip (10-1)-Cashed checks versus the $25k claimers in the beginning of this year and was claimed for $18k back in March. Will take a swing for price in the 2nd start for the new barn. Broke in last when pulled, comes right back and finished okay, so will overlook. Looking for an honest pace, and when right can close in a hurry.
7-Rays Kredit (5/2)-Lasix has seemed to help and did roll the back half last week in .54 with a good trip. Filion will likely look for a similar journey and this time the pace might be more lively. Best to respect chances for a repeat.
3-Come Roll With Me (9/2)-Was almost 10 lengths back at the 1/2 and didn't hit the board despite pacing the back half in 55.1. If Filion can get this filly off the gate it could be picture time at a solid price.
7-Western Wish (3-1)-This was the winner in the same race as #3 and MacDonald worked a nice steer in the 1st start for the Auciello barn. This filly knows how to win, taking 6 pictures in 10 starts and shouldn't be overlooked.
0.20 Early Pick 4
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