10/14/2016 2:26PM

Hersh: Use six in E.P. Taylor to start pick four


Woodbine offers a $250,000-guaranteed pick four on the last four races of Sunday’s Canadian International card, races 8 through 11, and with a 20-cent base bet, one can fool around with all kinds of coverage through the sequence. Here’s a look at our play.

Race 8: The E.P. Taylor looks like the toughest race in the sequence, and thus this play uses six horses. Utilizing an A-B ticket structure, Parvaneh (#2), Aim to Please (#10), and Nezwaah (#12), are the three A’s. The trio of European shippers all are double-digit morning-line odds, and a victory by any would go a long way toward yielding a strong payoff.

The B’s are Swiss Range (#1) and Best In The World (#3), two more Euros, with Best In The World a beatable 3-1 morning-line favorite, and Suffused (#4), who might need more ground but has come steadily forward all season.

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Race 9: Taking a stand in the Canadian International with two Euros, likely favorite Idaho (#3) and Protectionist (#9). Protectionist is the pick to win and could offer a pick-four boost if he can transfer his excellent German form.

Race 10: Touch of Disney (#3) has been a revelation this year with a barn change and blinkers removed. He thumped Ontario-bred allowance horses two back on Tapeta and showed that he belongs in an open, first-level allowance on turf last out. He’s the lone A, with deep closer Call Me Wally (#2), maiden longshot Notion Sonnet (#4), and Conquest Espresso (#9) the B’s.

Race 11: Not easy getting a handle on this Tapeta non-winners-of-two route claimer, and the hope is that four A’s suffice. They are Gray Phantom (#3), Durango Flier (#6), Biigon (#9), and Red September (#10).

Playing this ticket with a 20-cent base using all A’s, A’s with one B, and A’s with two B’s costs $38.40.