08/21/2013 4:39PM

Mohawk: Friday 8/23 Analysis


Race 4 - $75,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: EXEMPLAR (3rd)

Spot Play: HOPE FOR PADDY (6th)

Race 1

(9) YOUR SO VAIN comes out of the Hambletonian elims and into this class. He ships north of the border and looks like the horse to beat. (7) OUR MOJO doesn't like to win, but has hit the board in 13 of 18 starts this season. He comes from good connections and is versatile. (5) BETTY OOP draws well and enjoys being put in the race. She's hit the board in each of her last three starts.

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Race 2

(6) LIFE IS A BEACH won last start, gets Jamieson back in the bike and has terrific breeding. She appears ready to drop even more time. (5) PORSCHE SEELSTER moves into the McNair barn, which has been terrific all season. This filly has the gate-speed and this is a good class for her. (7) YOSELIN SEELSTER is a good option for the traictor. She comes out of the Wallace barn and certainly has the speed for this event.

Race 3

(6) EXEMPLAR clearly is the horse to beat in here. He raced very well in his latest at The Meadowlands and has been very consistent all season. (8) VALLEY GLIDER comes out of the Maxwell barn and won in his latest start. He's got a terrific record this season and is a major contender. (3) COE LEADER draws the three and posted an encouraging qualifier in his latest. He may offer a price to spice up the triactor.

Race 4

(7) CRAWFISH CREEK is fresh off a win, comes out of Moreau's barn and has a terrific 9 wins from 20 starts this season. (4) SHADOW BARAN adds lasix for the first time and won in this class two starts ago. (1) DUKE DID IT did all the work on the front in his latest victory. He's versatile and is rounding into form.

Race 5

(10) GUNGA WIN scored an eye-catching victory in his latest. He'll now have to overcome post 10, but a repeat effort makes him a top candidate. (2) WINKYS PRIDE draws inside and she's very versatile. She has a good record this season and has been knocking on the door in this class. (1) O U GUS gets the rail, gets Waples and shouldn't be as hard used in the early stages. He won’t have to work nearly as much as last week from the inside post.

Race 6

(8) HOPE FOR PADDY drops down in class once again and enjoys racing from behind. She has the speed, but will need quick fractions on the front. (4) LIVE TO DREAM has been racing at her best in recent weeks and she draws inside again. She has terrific gate-speed and moves up in class. (2) GRACIE MONTANA has a patented closing kick and she drops in class. With a clean trip, she can fire home.

Race 7

(1) BEACH BLAST gets the rail and raced very well in his career debut. He certainly has the speed and likely will be the favourite in here. (5) DANCIN HILL comes out of the Alagna barn and posted a credible qualifier in his latest at The Meadowlands. (9) ROGER MACH EM raced very well in his career debut. He closed very well with a :26 1/5 final frame and shows gate-speed.

Race 8

(5) AUTHORIZE is fresh off a third place finish at The Meadowlands, timed in 1:49. She now moves north of the border and off that raceline is the horse to beat. (6) WAASMULA drops in class and is a good option in here. She hasn't been at her best in recent starts and will look for a turnaround effort. (1) ROBIN CRUISER also comes out of the Preferred and gets the rail in here. She gets post relief and won in this class back on June 28.

Race 9

(4) ARTOMATIC LOVE draws well and has terrific gate-speed. He's been racing very consistently in recent weeks and gets McNair in the bike again. (7) MISS MACHQUEEN won last week in this class and continues to improve. She likes to race off a helmet and that will likely occur from a post seven start. (6) LOCAL ART gets the services of Jamieson and raced at her best when she's put in the race. If Jamieson take her off the gate, I don't like her chances nearly as much.

Race 10

(10) KAPTAIN KELLY drops in class and shows gate-speed. She has a terrific win record and has been racing against a tougher group and should appreciate the class drop. (3) ADAYMER SEELSTER draws inside and gets major post relief. She's had some time off and continues to improve with each start. I like her chances with the better post. (8) SMARTYGIRL comes out of the Girls Night Out Pacing Series and into a level where she's very competitive. She gets McNair and has terrific gate-speed.

Race 11

(3) ROCKNROLL HARMONY draws inside, comes out of McMaster's barn and has a solid record this season. He's at a level where he'll get a lot of attention. (4) URBANITE HANOVER has been racing at his best in recent weeks and is very versatile. A short field only increases his chances. (5) ROCKIN WIZARD comes out of the McIntosh stable and will look for a turnaround performance. I'm expecting to see a price on him.

Race 12

(3) ON THE CUSP drops to the bottom class and she's a better mare than that. She gets major post relief and gets Waples in the bike. (8) ST LADS PEEPER was timed in 1:51 3/5 in her most recent outing and that's the type of speed that will once again be needed. She's versatile and McNair has options. (9) RUB N TUG has been knocking on the door in recent starts and is a good option for the triactor. She'll have to overcome post nine, but she has gate-speed.

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