06/26/2014 2:44PM

Mohawk: Saturday 6/28 Analysis


Race 4 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: HIT AND GIGGLE A (11th)

Spot Play: MAGIC LINDY (3rd)


Race 1

(3) LEAFS AND WINGS won at a much higher level on May 17 on this circuit and since then has dropped down into this bottom class. (6) SECRETSOFTHEKNIGHT will debut for new trainer Richard Moreau, which will likely drop his price. (9) THE REV was individually timed in 1:50.1 in his latest outing, which makes him a top contender in this bottom class.

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Race 2

(8) SHADOW BRIAND is a top candidate in here after his impressive 1:51.3 career best win last start for driver MacDonell and trainer Darling. (6) STEADY WARRIOR was very impressive last week as he raced off-the-pace and closed from seventh-to-second with a :27 final quarter. He's versatile, gets Jamieson in the bike this week and looks like a main threat in this years Gold Series. (1) FALCON JUSTICE gets the rail in here and has been racing at his best in recent weeks.

Race 3

(7) MAGIC LINDY is a mare I'm hoping for a fair price on as she drops in class and is due for a big effort. (8) KEYSTONE ORION has been racing very well as of late and will need to mind her manners. (4) MIDFIELD MAGIC has some back class to offer and remains at the same level as last week. He begins from the same post, shows a lot of versatility and trotted home very well last week with a :28.3 final frame.

Race 4

(8) MR BIG HEAD has been perfect in all three starts since the claim for trainer Auciello. (3) GENESEE draws inside and has missed the board twice from 15 starts this season. He draws inside, retains Davis, Jr. in the bike and likely will be put into play in the early stages of the mile. (9) RAVE ON comes out of the Johnson barn, which can't be overlooked and offered a nice price last week to finish second.

Race 5

(5) FRIEND OR FOE has been racing very consistently as of late and was a dominant winner last week in this class. (1) CHIVAREE HANOVER is once again a top candidate after her convincing win last week for Team McNair in 1:54.4, a new career best. (6) NOBLE FLIGHT has hit the board in four of his last five starts this season and enjoys racing from behind.

Race 6

(8) JET AIRWAY was a convincing winner in his latest with a 1:50 career best by over two lengths. (7) SILVERHILL SHADOW was a going-away winner in his latest in the opening round of the Summertime Pacing Series. (6) P L HOOFHEARTED entered the Coleman barn following his May 8 winning effort and has been racing very well in all seven starts this season

Race 7

(5) HOPIESDRAGNINTHEDO continues to pace quick miles and found the winner's circle last week. He now faces veteran horses on this circuit, but appears to be up for the task and has been pacing in the 1:50-range in three of his last five starts. (3) VIPER SELECT entered the Demers barn last week and despite finishing sixth, he was timed in 1:50. (2) BLENDED WHISKEY enters the Cirasuola barn following the claim on May 24 and hasn't raced since then, which is a concern. This veteran pacer now enters the condition ranks, draws inside and has a good record this season.

Race 8

(4) PLAY IT AGAIN SAM draws well once again this week and once again will offer a low price. (1) VICTOR BAYAMA is worth a look if the price is right. (3) HIGH FLIER has won two straight and three of his last four for trainer Taff. He's come a long way in a short period of time from racing at Flamboro in the maiden class to capturing a division of the Grassroots and advancing to this class.

Race 9

(6) STATE TREASURER has won four of six starts this season while competing against the top pacers in Canada along with North America as of late. (3) ELLIS PARK found the wire first last week at a lower level and continues to show the quick speed needed for this class. (4) EVENIN OF PLEASURE posted the 81-1 upset in his latest in the Mohawk Gold Cup against some of the sport's top free-for-all pacers.

Race 10

(5) MACHAL JORDAN was racing as high as the Preferred level just four starts back and since then has dropped significantly in class. (2) UPFRONT HOOSIERBOY was the favourite last week in this class and had to settle for second, beaten three-quarters of a length for the win. (6) ROETHBLISSBERGER was timed in 1:49.4 in his latest at a higher class, which makes him a good option for the triactor.

Race 11

(9) HIT AND GIGGLE A won this contest last week in a sizzling 1:49.2 in just his second start in the Northern Hemisphere. (1) THEPANINSULAHOTEL gets the rail once again and finished second last week behind HIT AND GIGGLE A. (2) CHAMPAGNE PHIL generally enjoys being put in the race early, but MacDonald elected to give him a trip last week and it resulted in a third-place finish.

Race 12

(4) LUCAN HANOVER went a tough trip in his latest to earn the front and got away too far back two starts ago. Perhaps this is the race for him to get the monkey off his back and enjoy his first win of the season. (8) WARRAWEE NEEDY hasn't been on form as of yet this season after competing in the Grand Circuit in his last five starts while racing against the sport’s top free-for-all pacers. (5) PISTON BROKE enjoys racing from behind and has a terrific final quarter in him.

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