07/24/2013 11:10AM

Mohawk: Thursday 7/25 Analysis

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Race 4 - $75,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: BETTERWITHBOURBON (8th)

Spot Play: HOUSE MONEY (6th)

Race 1

(9) PART TIME LADY drops in class and comes out of the Winacott barn and that's the main reason for my selection. Even with a post 10 start, she should benefit on the class drop. (1) AMERICAN GRACE enjoys racing from off-the-pace and Zeron can dictate the best trip from the rail. She's a player with a clean trip. (3) NORVENA HANOVER draws well and races at her best when she's put into the race. She should provide a price.

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Race 2

(9) TAKE THAT HANOVER raced tremendous in her career debut last week. She paced a strong mile and is the horse to beat in here. (8) HAPPILY EVER AFTER qualified very well both times and appears ready to drop multiple seconds. Coming from the O'Sullivan barn does decrease her price. (7) UNIQUE ROCK N ROLL raced well at Georgian last start. That type of effort on this circuit should be quick enough to be top three.

Race 3

(3) ROLLS BLUE CHIP draws well and finished second in this class last week. He comes from a good trotting barn and has raced at his best when he's put into the race. (7) P L FAIRLADY has a good record this season and won at this level last start, from post 10. (10) SUZELLE HANOVER will have to overcome post 10, but certainly has enough speed. She appears to be a coin toss. Either she races very well or makes a break.

Race 4

(4) HONI MAKER gets post relief and has terrific closing speed. She also is classified much better and faces an easier bunch. (6) STONEBRIDGE MYSTIC has been knocking on the door in all four starts this season. She's certainly a factor in here. (2) PUTMEINTOGO has hit the board in her last two starts and is a top contender once again. She's a good option for the triactor.

Race 5

(6) BLACKBIRD SINGING has a good record this season and won at this level last start. (7) LIFE SIGNATURE finished second in this class last week and raced very well. He's a threat, but needs the correct trip. (2) HOBOKEN HARMONY is fresh off the claim, draws inside and debuts for a very high percentage trainer. He also gets Jamieson in the bike.

Race 6

This class is always tough to predict, but (6) HOUSE MONEY raced very well last week and shows the speed needed to win. He's very trip-dependant, but gets McNair once again. (9) NORTHERN SPARK also needs the correct trip and has proven to be capable in this bottom level. He's a good option for the exactor. (4) NORTHERN VICTORY went a tough trip last week and that's not his best suit. He received a pair of terrific trips in his two starts prior and will look for the same tactics.

Race 7

(2) REQUEST FOR PAROLE draws inside and won at this level last week. She's been excellent in this series and is a top threat. (8) LEAVEUMLADY put in a sub-par effort last week and will look for a better effort. She has the speed to win and will attract a lot of attention. (3) SEASIDE RORY has a good record this season and comes out of the Gillis barn. She enjoys racing from behind and gets Jamieson.

Race 8

(1) BETTORWITHBOURBON draws inside and comes out of Antonacci's barn. He's yet to miss the board this season and is very capable. (2) ST LADS LOTTO draws inside and won in this class last week. He draws better and has displayed the speed. (9) URBANITE HANOVER is a horse that I'm not convinced can win, but is a good option for the triactor. He'll need the right trip, but has the speed.

Race 9

(6) MASTER OF LAW won last start in this class and qualified very well. He'll have to mind his manners, but has proven to be a top candidate. (1) POCKET TRIP gets the rail and has won four of six career starts. He's capable of dropping multiple seconds in here. (8) EXEMPLAR has won two straight and comes out of Henriksen's barn. He's very versatile and I wouldn't overlook his capability.

Race 10

(8) MACH IT A PAR remains undefeated in three career starts and moves up in class. She has shown the speed and solid final quarters. (10) WINDSONG JACOBA has hit the board in three of her last four starts. She has the gate speed to overcome post 10. (1) HILARIOUS HAYLEY draws the rail, gets Jamieson and is a good option for the triactor. She has finished third in each of her last three starts.

Race 11

(4) WHITEMOUNTAINPOWER is fresh off the claim and enters the Auciello stable. He also moves onto this circuit and might offer a price. (8) PUTNAMS ATTACK has a terrific record this season and moves onto this circuit. He'll need a trip and should provide a healthy price. (9) WILDCAT ART seems like a legitimate contender with Filion in the bike.

Race 12

(4) KNEE SLAPPER has a good record this season compared to her rivals. She also comes out of Puddy's barn, which has been very good in recent weeks. (10) LARJON LAURA will have to overcome post 10 and she's fresh off a win at Grand River. If she's not too far back, I feel she's capable with the right trip. (2) EMBASSY SEELSTER draws inside and comes out of Goodwin's barn, who is a very high percentage trainer. She'll need to step up her game on this circuit.

 

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