01/20/2015 4:30PM

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 1/22 Analysis


Race 4 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

EARLY $1 PICK 4 TICKET (Race 4):

1,7 / 4,7 / 3,4,5,7,8 / 2,10 = $40

MEET STATS: 17 - 42 / $118.40  BEST BETS: 2 - 4 / $13.20  SPOT PLAYS: 1 - 4 / $21.60

Best Bet: CASH FOR GOLD (9th)

Spot Play: STEALTH JETTA (3rd)

Race 1

Several in here drop out of the Blizzard Series but the one who sticks out is (7) WILDCAT MAGIC who despite missing 3 weeks raced great parking for about 7/8 of the mile and tiring only late. She has to benefit from that start and gets top call. (2) CALL ME MAYBE was too far back to make an impact but closed nicely and stands a much better chance against these. (6) SWEET PRINCESS had two less-than-ideal trips in the Blizzard Series and stands a better chance to get a good trip here at a price.

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Race 2

As predicted (1) SOUTHWIND TERROR was much more aggressive early last week and easily got the job done. He has few rivals to worry about here and is likely to double up at a short price. (5) PRICELESS EDITION was hurt by the slow third quarter last week and is certainly in with a good shot himself. (6) PRESCOTTS HOPE was also victimized by the slowing of the pace and should go better here and get at least a slice.

Race 3

(8) STEALTH JETTA was driven very conservatively when making his first start in more than a month first time over this track, but he showed some life coming his back half in 56 4/5. Expect him to be much closer early; this group is within this gelding's grasp. (3) ELIZA DREAM isn't the most reliable sort and has had a few gaps between starts but she raced very well from the 10-hole last time. Maybe she is turning things around. (5) SORRENTO HALL remains winless but is always around for a piece; good one for the bottom of tri wagers.

Race 4

(1) MAGIC TOUCH CYBELE came close to knocking off white-hot Total Lee last out. On that frame of reference alone she gets our top call here. (7) BIG TREAT was driven confidently by Jamieson early and came home a nice winner. These don't look any tougher. (3) B SANTANNAS LOVE needs some cover for her kick to be more effective. Henry will know that now and adjust accordingly. She should get a share.

Race 5

(7) WARRIOR CALL caught our eye last week motoring up on the far outside in the last 1/8th. That is often the sign of pending improvement so we'll give him top call here. (4) KEYSTONE DALTON rode the tail of a sharp class-dropping winner and finished decently. A similar trip could yield better results here. (5) PORT SIDE couldn't close into a quickening last 1/4 last week but has a decent shot of getting onto the ticket here.

Race 6

(5) MANIMAL self-destructed early last time but if you look back to his race on December 22 it more than qualifies him to beat this weak group. (4) WAITING ON NO ONE closed well into a quickening back half last week and will likely leave a lot closer to the front moving inside 4 slots. (3) DOMEDOMEDOME is bred decently and couldn't find a weaker spot for her 2015 debut; using in the pick 4 at a price.

Race 7

(10) MAPLELEA looked like she was launched from a catapult in the final 1/4 last week. Off that mile expect Zeron to leave for a little better position early. She gets the call to repeat. (2) FROSTY DELIGHT was sent right to the front and made a mistake on the first turn; she tipped her hand in her penultimate start and could make amends here. (9) PLAY GROUND closed noticeably well but is often too far back to get more than a minor share.

Race 8

(3) FRANNY LOVE DAT faced some pretty good ones early last season and wasn't disgraced. If she's ready to roll right away she could take this group at a good price. (9) IM A CANADIAN EH changed tactics last week and closed nicely around dead cover; the main foe. (10) WARAWEE QUALLY hung off a great trip when odds on; this one might be fool's gold. Beware taking too low a price if you like her.

Race 9

(9) CASH FOR GOLD produced a big first-up trip and fell just short to a repeat winner that was a big favorite. That big effort came off a month break. This guy is our Best Bet of the night. (5) WALK THE PLANK was in the same photo but had cover most of the way. He will breakthrough with his first win soon with the kind of effort he has been showing of late. (5) P L GEMSTONE left hard for the front but was overtaken in a quick 3rd quarter for this type. That was a better effort that may signal further improvement is forthcoming.

Race 10

(2) JET HOT STUFF finished with good energy last time but the top 2 had something left thanks to a soft first half. She looks like one of only two win contenders the other being (9) KIKISKISSINKOUSIN who set the pace and dug in gamely to fall just short to the pocket-sitter. That came off a 24-day break which makes it even more impressive. (3) WHIPPEROSA has shown good improvement at Flamboro the past two starts. She should get a piece of this. (7) ITZA FREE FOR ALL has been racing over some very slow tracks recently and may enjoy a return to the big oval. (1) PRECIOUS CAMILL is a handy sort that likely will get on the ticket from the rail.

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