07/06/2013 4:27PM

Mohawk: Monday 7/8 Analysis


Race 4 - $75,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: DAYLON MIRCALE (8th)

Spot Play: LITTLE TURK (4th)

Race 1

(1) UP FRONT N CRAZY draws inside and has won two straight. He went gate-to-wire in this event last week and will get a lot of attention. (5) TWIN B ALIBI has been knocking on the door and comes out of the Henry barn, which is terrific with young trotters. He shows enough trot and will need the right trip. (8) MAGIC PEACH has missed the board once from three starts this season. She was recently timed in 1:55 4/5 and that should be quick enough to be top three.

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Race 2

(3) SOMEWHERE IN L A comes out of the McIntosh barn and raced very well last week in her career debut. She can only be better this week as she draws inside and closed well. (6) IDEALBEACH HANOVER won both his qualifying sessions and looks like he's ready to drop major time. He has the pedigree and comes from a top barn. (1) LUCK BE WITHYOU was parked the route last start and raced well considering. He should get a much cleaner trip from post one.

Race 3

(2) PERFECT VACATION draws inside, has a terrific record this season and comes out of Moreau's barn. He's at a level where he's most competitive. (4) BETTY OOP has been top two in four of her last five starts. She returns to the same level as last week and is a very good option for the exactor. (5) FLASHBACK won two straight and both were by open lengths. He returns to this circuit and is a top threat.

Race 4

(4) LITTLE TURK has won two of three starts this season and paced home very strong last week. He gets MacDonell in the bike again, draws better and should get a better trip. (1) ONTARIO SUCCESS hasn't won yet this season, but has hit the board in three of four starts. (10) FIERCE DESIRE will have to overcome the outside, but shows gate-speed and the addition of lasix has appeared to help. I hope he's pushed forward off the gate.

Race 5

(4) ARTHUR BLUE CHIP looks like the real deal after his latest victory. He dropped significant time and comes from top connections. (7) P L HELLCAT was very impressive last week with his victory. His final time and final quarter cannot be overlooked. (5) FALCON JUSTICE is a good option to consider for the triactor. He has the speed and has yet to miss the board in his two starts this season.

Race 6

(6) UNDERCOVER STRIKE came first-over last week and finished a strong second. He hasn't won yet in 2013, but he's overdue and it could come in here. (4) KNOWS NOTHING moves back onto this circuit and faces an easier bunch. He draws well and gets Jamieson back in the bike. (9) TAKE MY PICTURE is a chancy play in my opinion. This is his first start back since his trip to Europe. It will be interesting to see how he comes back.

Race 7

(3) WESTERN FELLA draws inside and is fresh off a convincing win last start. He's very versatile and I like his chances in here. (2) CRAFTY MASTER is also fresh off a win, draws inside and looks like he can drop even more time. (9) REASONABLE FORCE caught some people by surprise with his latest win. If he minds his manners, he's a good option for the triactor.

Race 8

(5) DAYLON MIRACLE moved into the Gillis barn last week and that translated into a second place finish, timed in a 1:52 4/5. She faces a much easier group and it appears lasix has helped the mare. (3) VACATION DAY draws inside, drops in class and likely will be put into the race early. At this level, he's very competitive. (8) PAIGING KADABRA has been drawing to the outside in his last six starts. He's versatile and been finishing his miles very strong. He also drops in class.

Race 9

(5) CLUSTER HANOVER made a miscue in deep stretch last start and that resulted in a fourth place finish. Darling has a terrific reputation with young horses. (7) TWIN B SPY comes out of the Coleman barn and I think he's ready to drop multiple seconds. I'm using the Coleman angle for his selection. (6) BUGGER HANOVER moved into the Eftimiadis barn last week and that resulted in a third place finish. He dropped time from the week before and once again is a player.

Race 10

(1) MASTER OF LAW draws inside, comes from a top barn and is only making his second start in two years. It appears he has the speed, but will need the trip. (5) MUSCLE MAGIC has been racing much better since the addition of lasix two starts ago. She has enough trot and enjoys being put into the race. (2) FRISKY MAGIC draws inside and will look for a rebound effort. She's considered a longshot, but with the right trip, I think she can be effective.

Race 11

(3) SHADOWBRIAND has started off his career in fine form. He's yet to miss the board in two starts, draws well and comes out of Darling's barn. (4) JET AIRWAY comes out of Miller's barn and qualified well at The Meadowlands. I like his final quarter and he appears ready to drop multiple seconds. (6) THREE OF CLUBS raced well last start as he closed very well with a good final quarter. He'll have to step up his game in here, but I think he's capable of it.

Race 12

(6) EMERALD LEXUS was very impressive in his start at Georgian Downs. That type of effort should be quick enough to win this contest. (7) SHIFTIN GEARTOGEAR has been knocking on the door in his last three starts in this class. He has gate-speed and likely will be the first leader. (10) LIFEIMITTATESART will have to overcome the outside, but he raced very well last week, making up countless ground in deep stretch. If he's within striking distance at the top of the stretch, I like his chances.


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