06/04/2014 10:45AM

Mohawk: Thursday 6/5 Analysis


Race 4: $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: GOLDIES MACH (9th)

Spot Play: THE MUSCLER (5th)


Race 1 

(10) APHRODITY was terrific at first asking in her first start of the season for Zeron. She closed very well from an outside post and provided a very encouraging final quarter which sets her up very well for this start.  (9) THISGIRLSONFIRE made a miscue in her latest, but faces an easier bunch and has excellent gate speed. (4) SUEGRABBITNRUN has been racing consistently and raced very well in the debut of trainer Macdonald last week. She’s versatile, gets Waples in the bike and drops in class

Race 2 

(4) SVADILFARI might offer a price in this maiden level as he’s been racing very strong at Flamboro and closed very well from a post eight start in his latest. He got the experience he needed and looks like he’s ready to battle on this circuit and draws a favorable post. (8) ARRIVED LATE will have to overcome post eight as he makes just his second start of the season. Last week he had the outside post 10 and was a non-factor. (7) MACHS BOY gets MacDonell back in the bike, which is a plus for this youngster. He raced well last week after being put in the race and posted a good final frame.

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Race 3 

(6) MIDAS TOUCH trotted a credible mile in his latest given that it was his first start of the season. (1) K D BELLA gets the rail to work with and made a very uncharacteristic break last start. Prior to that effort she finished second in each of her last four starts. (2) FASHION GODDESS has been racing much better since being hard-used in the early going in each of her last two starts.

Race 4 

(3) DOCS HOSS has been a cause of concern at this level for many weeks and will be one of the favorites when the gate unfolds. (9) LENNON BLUE CHIP was put on the front last week and faded to fifth. He has all kinds of back class in his favor, but hasn’t been on his game this season. (8) LOST IN PANSLATION has improved in each of his four starts this season and that resulted in a victory in this class last week.

Race 5 

(10) THE MUSCLER moves up in class, but this field doesn’t appear much deeper than he’s accustomed to. He has excellent gate speed, which likely will be provided from the outside, and he comes from a top barn. (4) BIG PACKAGE has been racing at his best this season with a terrific record. He’s been racing very consistently in this class, is versatile and continues to offer a high price. (2) RANDOM MARGIN looks to be in a decent spot.

Race 6 

(7) PALM BEACH HANOVER raced very well last week considering it was her first start of the season. She’s versatile, has the speed and gets Jamieson in the bike this week. (6) GRACEFUL MELODY raced much better for team Moore last week. She’s hit the board in two of her last three starts. (3) WINDSONG KHLOE comes out of the Jamieson barn and put in a subpar effort in her latest. She’s a versatile filly that is due to enjoy her first career win sooner rather than later.

Race 7 

(3) CAN ART gets major post relief which was the deciding factor in my selection process. McNair also returns to the bike for his father, Gregg. The pair won with this filly two starts back from a good post and an aggressive steer. (8) SAM didn’t disappoint as the favorite last week with a patented late kick to seal the win. That’s the second start in a row the daughter of Dragon Again paced home in sub-:27 fashion. (5) BET YA disappointed the public last week with her fifth-place effort, but was only beaten less than two lengths for the win. With another week of experience under her belt maybe she’s ready to rise to the occasion.

Race 8 

(9) HIE BENNY was put on the front last week and never looked back en route to victory. Trainer Hie will once again do the driving and proved that the son of Kadabra is very capable of overcoming the outside with his quick speed off the gate shown last week. (1) FLEXIBLE WOMAN has been given the rail and has terrific gate speed when called upon. She comes from a top conditioner in Bax and should enjoy this easier field. (6) NOT SO COOL wasn’t on his game last week with a miscue behind the gate, but terrific the week prior when he won in 1:58 3/5 over a sloppy track.

Race 9 

(6) GOLDIES MACH enters the Menary barn, gets Jamieson in the bike and just missed last week at this level. (7) SUES YOUR DADDY put forth a good effort last start, but had to settle for third at this maiden class as the favorite. She hasn’t missed the board in both starts this season and continues to drop seconds in each start. (8) HIT IT BIG continues to improve with each start and put forth his best performance last week.

Race 10 

(3) VILLAGE JESSICA has raced ultra-consistently in each of her last four starts. She’s finished second in three of them, but only beaten by half a length at the max for the win. (4) MADEMOISELLE PARIS put forth a terrific effort last week to finish third at 22-1 for Charlton & Zeron. The addition of Lasix three starts ago has proven to be a difference maker in her performances. (6) MARY MICHELLE is a lightly-raced daughter of Artistic Fella that was an impressive winner in her most recent start. Prior to that outing she has been prone to make breaks in her miles and the results were not positive.