09/03/2014 11:07AM

Mohawk: Thursday 9/4 Analysis


Race 4 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: MISSION BRIEF (3rd)

Spot Play: OK GODIVA (7th)


Race 1

(5) CLIMB HIGHER was put into the race last week by driver Anthony MacDonald and was rewarded with a victory in this same classification. (3) WINNING WIZARD will make his sixth start of the season for trainer Nifty Norman and has the credentials to go a big mile. (9) LEONARDO has posted back-to-back wins at Rideau Carleton and trainer John Macmillan has elected to bring his pupil to this circuit to try out his luck.

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Race 2

(6) SPIRIT TO WIN will get the a lot of support in this dash as the young filly hasn't been worse than second in five career starts. (1) JOLENE JOLENE gets the rail to her advantage and has yet to miss the board from five career starts. (5) JUANITAS FURY proved she can compete with Grand Circuit fillies after finishing second in her division of the Champlain last week.

Race 3

(6) MISSION BRIEF is arguably the top rookie trotting filly this season after her terrific record this year and dominant win in the Merrie Annabelle final by over eight lengths in a world record-equaling performance of 1:52 2/5. (3) STUBBORN BELLE was terrific last week with her two-length victory in her division of the Champlain. (8) DANIELLE HALL sometimes doesn't get the respect in the odds department that she deserves. She has won each of her last three starts, while not being sent off as the favorite for Team Jamieson

Race 4

(9) HOPETOBEFIRST draws outside once again this week and the 6-year-old is due for another win this season. (1) THE BIG BITE gets the rail to his advantage this week and will make his second start for trainer Mitch Tierney. (7) GREYSTONE MOE is fresh off a win at Georgian Downs and has hit the board in two of his last three starts.

Race 5

(1) JUSTABIT MEAN has drawn a pair of outside post positions in each of her last two starts and now has been blessed with the rail, which will likely be taken advantage of by Jonathan Drury. (7) J HIGH finally got the monkey off her back last week as she enjoyed her first win of the season. (6) GRACEFUL MELODY probably has the quickest gate speed in this race and was a game third last week, beaten less than a length.

Race 6

(7) BODY TALK is overdue for his first win of the season for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. (3) KATE SMITH made an equipment change three starts ago as the filly raced barefoot and the results spoke for themselves. (2) KEYSTONE TREVOR has been racing very strong and consistently this season for trainer Mike Sinclair.

Race 7

(5) OK GODIVA gets a much better post position to work with this week along with Sylvain Filion back in the bike. (6) ARTISTIC FUSION was a winner in her most recent pari-mutuel effort on Aug. 21, but was scratched due to transportation from one week ago. (9) LIFE IS A BEACH disappointed as the favorite in each of her last two starts - both in this class. She will race on Lasix for the third week, comes from the Jeff Gillis barn and has been in the top four in each of her last two.

Race 8

(9) REVEREND HANOVER has been highly touted by his connections and appears ready for his first career start. (7) JOE HILL shows 1:52 3/5 speed taken last week as the Somebeachsomewhere youngster finished fourth for trainer Tony Alagna. (5) BALLYBUNION will begin in the middle of the gate in his first career start and the Mach Three colt qualified very strong on Aug. 29.

Race 9

(3) PROTEGE SEELSTER has been the picture of consistency this season for trainer Corey Johnson and driver Randy Waples. (2) GUNGA WIN draws inside and has a solid record this season as he moves onto this circuit. (5) INDIAN LAKE also moves onto this circuit and deserves to with his 2-2-0 record in his last four starts.

Race 10

(3) DANA DEAREST is currently second in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots series with 153 points and has won back-to-back scores for Christoforou & Coleman. (2) PAID IN CASH is another logical option to include in the win column or to complete the exactor. (5) PALM BEACH HANOVER is fresh off a win in this class for trainer Dave Menary and driver Jody Jamieson.

Race 11

(1) VITAL SIGN looked like he was going to be a winner last week, but made a miscue down the stretch, which cost him the win. (3) P L GYRO draws inside this week for trainer Cal Campbell and has been racing very consistently in each of his last five or six starts. (8) WOGGY ROCKS got the job done last week in this class.

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