10/10/2013 3:38PM

Mohawk: Saturday 10/12 Analysis


Race 4 - $75,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: MYSTICIAN (9th)

Spot Play: WHIPLASH (3rd)

Race 1

(9) CROSBYS CLAM BAKE missed last week in a narrow finish in this class. He comes out of Henriksen's barn and likely will offer a low price. (4) ROLLS BLUE CHIP comes out of a top trotting barn, is fresh off an impressive win and appears to be on his game late in the season. (6) MO DEBRA won in his debut for Auciello in a new lifetime best. He moves up in class, but looks like he's capable.

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Race 2

(5) ELLIS PARK has won three straight and used a punishing final quarter in each victory. This is his toughest test, but he was well in-hand last start. (6) RESISTANCE FUTILE has terrific speed and might be the post time favourite. He raced very well in Kentucky and has a terrific record this season. (7) SWEET TALKIN SATIN ships back onto this circuit and has a terrific record this season. He's very versatile and certainly has the speed.

Race 3

(8) WHIPLASH went a tough trip last start and still managed to finish fourth. He's lightly raced this season and is a top threat provided the correct trip. (7) EXCUSE ME PLEASE gets major class drop and that's the main reason for my selection. He draws a little better and likely will race off a helmet. (2) LESLIE ROAD draws inside and has shown flashes of quick speed. He's been very consistent in his last three starts.

Race 4

(4) GRIN FOR MONEY has been the favourite in this class in his last three starts and failed to win. He has the speed and I'll try him this week. (1) SHIPPS XPECTANCY draws inside and drops in class. He has gate-speed and comes out of McMaster's barn. (8) CHEYENNE MOISHE won in his latest and is brave coming back to this circuit. He's at the bottom level and comes out of Montini's barn.

Race 5

(7) ROCKYS FIRST is fresh off an open length win and moves up in class. He was at his best last start and shouldn't mind the class jump. (6) BRUCE THE BRAVE doesn't like to win, but raced very well last start to finish second. He has a solid closing kick and may offer a price. (5) PROTEGE SEELSTER has been much better in his last two starts and comes out of Johnson's barn. He's a classy veteran and very versatile.

Race 6

(7) HOPE FOR PADDY comes out of the Fillies & Mares Preferred and into this class. She enjoys racing off a helmet and won at this level two starts ago. (10) EIGHTHUNRDOLARBILL comes out of Coleman's barn and draws outside. She also comes out of the Preferred level and should appreciate the class relief. (3) DOCS HOPE finally draws inside and should be much more effective. She has the speed and shouldn't be too far back like recent weeks.

Race 7

(2) TOUGH MAC got Waples in the bike last week and found the wire first. He remains at the same class and draws inside. (7) STRIKING LINDSEY drops in class and comes out of the McNair barn. He has a lot of back class to him and has the speed for this class. (9) NEW FAVOURITE likely will offer a price and has a good record this season. He'll provide a higher price and will need the right trip.

Race 8

(2) TWIN B IMPRESSIVE draws inside and is due for a win. He comes out of Moreau's barn, has a good record this season and should get a much better trip. (5) OK COMMANDER drops in class and gets post relief. He's a much better horse than he's been showing and will look for a turnaround effort. (7) COOL ROCK has the speed and a terrific closing kick. He's been rounding into form and raced very well last week to finish second.

Race 9

(4) MYSTICIAN gets major class relief and draws well. He comes out of the Gillis barn and will likely be your favourite. (1) GRANDE SEELSTER has been very consistent in his last number of starts and draws well. He's versatile and comes from a high percentage trainer. (2) BAY OF SHARKS draws inside and comes out of the Johnson barn. He set a new lifetime best last start.

Race 10

(1) SPEED AGAIN draws the rail and has won three straight. He used a sizzling :25 4/5 final frame last start and gets Davis, Jr. back in the bike. (1) STATE TRESURER won this contest last start and comes out of Moore's barn. He has the speed and will get the correct trip in this short field. (5) UPFRONT HOOSIERBOY has been very consistent this season. He's a 'must have' on the triactor ticket.

Race 11

(1) HARD TO MACH overcame the outside post last start en route to victory. He scored the win after a layoff and looks like he's ready to step up. (2) ROETHBLISSBERGER draws inside and is fresh off a win. He's versatile and gets Waples in the bike. (5) MAJOR HOTTIE has a lot of back class to him and draws much better. He's versatile and capable in this class.


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