01/30/2014 4:08PM

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 2/1 Analysis


Race 4 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: WEST SIDE STORY (1st)

Spot Play: O U GUS (5th)

Race 1

(4) WEST SIDE STORY will get the bulk of support in here with his top form and is the horse to beat. (3) MAGIC WILL WORK has been knocking on the door in each of her last four starts and draws inside. (6) FIVE TOWNS tends to be inconsistent, but closed well last week and gets McNair back in the bike.

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Race 2

(2) APPRENTICE HANOVER is the horse to beat in here. He's at his best and won comfortably in his past two starts. (3) MYSTICIAN has been knocking on the door, draws inside and has a lot of back class. (4) CASIMIR JITTERBUG put in a sub-par effort last start. There's no doubt he's capable and will look for a rebound effort.

Race 3

(7) PAPER BACKED LINDY had marching orders last week from Henriksen and he responded with a win. A repeat effort makes him a prime candidate. (1) ROCKIN WITH DEWEY is fresh off a victory, gets post one and will likely offer a low price. (8) JUSTASMALLTOWNGIRL has a recent history of offering a price and hasn't missed the board in six consecutive starts.

Race 4

(2) BILBO HANOVER draws inside and won comfortably in this class last week. (4) JC ONTHEBEACH hasn't been racing at his best in recent starts. He shows flashes of quick speed and will look to return to that top form. (1) PAPPYS PAL gets the rail and has been racing very consistently. He comes from a top barn and may offer a fair price.

Race 5

(1) O U GUS might offer a price in here. He closed extremely well last start to finish second in a quick time and gets Drury back in the bike. (5) RECKON IM READY has aggressively driven last week by Vanderkemp and draws the same post. If he marches off the gate, I like his chances. (4) BRUCE THE BRAVE closed very well last week and finally draws inside. He has a patented closing kick.

Race 6

(2) JJ SHARK draws inside and is a much better horse than he's been showing. I'm looking for a turnaround effort. (9) MAJOR HOTTIE drops in class, gets Christoforou in the bike and has back class in his favour. (5) DONEGAL GERALD likely will continue to offer a price and is a good option for the triactor with his 1-1-1 record in his last four.

Race 7

(2) FRIDAYNIGHTFLIGHT draws inside, drops in class and raced very well to finish third last start, only beaten by less than two lengths. (6) WORLD AWAY races at his best when he leaves the gate and that likely will happen again. He's competitive in this field and gets Christoforou back in the bike. (8) CLASSIC GENT put forth a good effort last week, timed in 1:52 2/5. A repeat effort makes him a top threat in here.

Race 8

(7) BLENDED WHISKEY has been racing very consistently and competitively in this class. He enters the Puddy barn and will get a lot of attention in here. (5) SHELBYS COBRA did all the work last week before fading to third. He's at a level where he's very competitive and gets McNair. (2) GENESEE draws inside, comes out of Moreau's barn and has hit the board in four of his last five starts.

Race 9

(4) SPEED AGAIN was hard to handle last week and tried to get the jump on his rivals. He's at the same level and very capable of winning with the better draw. (2) GUNS N ROSES draws inside, is fresh off a win and likely will be put in the race. (1) ALSACE HANOVER has been the picture of inconsistency, but he drops in class and should be a main threat in here.

Race 10

(4) KINDLY POET is approaching a million, draws inside and drops in class. (5) ROCK ME AMASTREOS comes out of the O'Sullivan barn, gets Jamieson in the bike and closed very well last start. (3) STONEBRIDE ON ICE drops in class and should be much more competitive in here. He also has back class and is due for a big effort.

Race 11

(4) IDEAL RACE gets post relief and shouldn't be as hard-used this week. He'll offer a low price and comes from a top barn. (1) ALEXAS JACKPOT draws inside and is fresh off a punishing 1:51 4/5 victory in his latest from post 10. (2) WAZZUP WAZZUP has been terrific since arriving in the Johnson barn. He draws well and is a top threat.

Race 12

(1) DUKE DID IT draws inside and should be able to use his gate speed this week. He's at a level where he's very competitive. (9) MR BIG HEAD might offer a price from post nine and raced very well last week in this class. He's hit the board in two of his last three. (2) SHOW TOPPER moves onto this circuit and deserves to. He's hit the board in four of his last five and draws inside.


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