08/10/2013 4:29PM

Mohawk: Monday 8/12 Analysis


Race 4 - $75,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: GOLD ROCKS (7th)

Spot Play: GRANTOR HANOVER (12th)

Race 1

(6) BIG PAYOUT is fresh off the claim and a winning effort. The fact that he's put right back into this class makes me like him even more. (3) ROLANDS SEEHORSE returns to the Lalonde barn and draws well. He made a break last week, but has proven to be very consistent in this class. (2) ILL BE THERE also make a miscue last start and draws inside. He'll look to regain his form in this class.

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Race 2

This is a wide-open race, but (6) SURPRISE HANOVER paced a credible mile last start with a good final frame. He should be even better in his second career start. (7) GLORY BEACH will make his third career start and will look for a better effort. He's been putting in good efforts, but will need to step up. (8) IM DRINKIN DOUBLES has a good record this season and moves onto this circuit from the Maritimes. His latest :27 3/5 final quarter shouldn't get overlooked.

Race 3

(8) ATALANTA comes out of the Canadian Breeders and into this class. She also comes out of Alagna's barn, which is a plus. (10) BWT TAJ will have to overcome post 10, but is a good option in here. He's been knocking on the door and comes out of Henriksen's barn. (5) P L FAIRLADY has terrific gate-speed and that will likely get utilized. She has a good record this season and has proven to be competitive in this field.

Race 4

(1) WILDCAT ART has won three straight and is the likely favourite in here. He draws the rail and can dictate the correct trip from that position. (5) CRAWFISH CREEK has a terrific record this season, draws well and comes out of Moreau's barn. (4) PUTNAMS ATTACK also has a terrific record this season and now enters the Brewer barn. He has the speed and is a good option to consider for the triactor.

Race 5

(9) TAURANGA won in this class last week and is very versatile. She comes out of O'Sullivan's barn and looks like the quickest in this race based on paper. (1) J C ONTHEBEACH has a good record this season and comes out of Cass's barn, which has been terrific in recent weeks. He gets the rail and has gate-speed. (5) TALKING BLUES gets post relief, comes out Wallace's barn and can improve off last week's effort. He once again gets Jamieson in the bike.

Race 6

(3) CHINA PEARLS draws inside, is fresh off a qualifying win and faces an easier class than she's been racing against. She may offer a price as she looks for her first win of the season. (10) DANCEHALL MISTRESS is winless this season, but has hit the board in four of five starts. She comes from good connections and has the speed. (8) SMARTY PANTS completes the mares racing in this class and she's due for a big effort. She's displayed the speed, but will need the trip like last week.

Race 7

(5) GOLD ROCKS is Metro eligible, comes out of Alagna's barn and will make his first career start. He'll be the main attraction. (8) PLAY IT AGAIN SAM has won five straight and will face his toughest test in here. He ships onto this circuit, into the Moore barn and showed quick times over Truro's half-mile oval. (2) SWISS BANK HANOVER draws inside and is a good option for the triactor. He enjoys being put into the race and shows the speed.

Race 8

(10) COUGAR HALL has gate-speed, gets Jamieson and has the ability to overcome the outside post 10. He shows terrific final quarter speed and has a good win record. (2) GENESEE draws inside and has hit the board in each of his last two starts. He was recently timed in 1:51 with a :27 final frame. (1) NICKLE BAG draws the rail and comes out of the Summertime Pacing Series. The class relief alone should help significantly.

Race 9

(8) P L DALEY scored an open-length victory last start and makes the jump in class. This level isn't much deeper and he will look for the same trip. (10) WINDSONG INVINCEBL has a very good record this season and will have to overcome post 10. She shows gate-speed and faces a group that she's very competitive in. (5) PAIGING KADABRA has finished second in both his recent starts and draws well. He doesn't like to win, but is a good option for the triactor.

Race 10

(2) R GAUWITZ HANOVER finally found the wire first in his latest at Rideau Carleton. His confidence is back up and makes the move back to this circuit. I think he can repeat. (6) JUDGE JON finished second in this class last week, by a head. He's been racing very well lately and will look for another soft trip. (4) FIRE ON THE WATER was aggressively-driven last week and draws better in here. He's not a consistent horse, but after last week's effort, I'll try him again.

Race 11

(7) TAKE MY PICTURE needed racing room in his latest at The Meadowlands and comes back to Mohawk and faces an easier group. (3) E W FISHER draws inside and won at this level last week. He'll look for the same trip. (2) WATKINS draws inside, comes out of Moreau's barn and has a good record this season. He's been much better in his last two starts.

Race 12

(9) GRANTOR HANOVER adds lasix and has terrific gate-speed. This isn't a deep field and he's capable, but will need a clean trip from post 10. (5) WHOSURPAL has terrific gate-speed and that may be utilized in here. He faces an easier bunch than last start and I hope he's forwardly-placed. (2) SOMEWHERE WITH YOU draws inside, gets Filion and has won his last two starts. He's coming onto this circuit in winning form.


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