Best Bet - (2) CHEEKY CHICKY - Race 7
Spot Play – (5) KINGSTONS BAD BOY – Race 3
Early Pick 4 – 3,4,5/1,3/1,4,6/1,2,3 - $7.20
Late Pick 4 – 2/2,5,7/2,3,4/1,2,9 - $5.40
Race 1 - (6) WYND CREEK qualified well after being a month off and facing tougher at Woodbine Mohawk Park. She has speed and should get off the car. (2) JUST T qualified well for starting later in the year. She draws well and should compete against these. (5) KADS KISS drops in class and could pop here. She has a big closing kick and should be on the scene late.
Race 2 - (3) COLD CREEK LACEY has won two straight and seems to be on the upswing as of late. She’s definitely a major player against this group. (5) P L LIGHTNING has only missed the board once in six starts and you have to throw her last start out where she was stung to the first quarter. (1) SHADOWOFHERSMILE draws better this week and should continue her improvement.
Race 3 – (5) KINGSTONS BAD BOY could be the price play this week. He has a good early speed and if history repeats itself this should be a game effort. (3) GOLDINTHEBADLANDS was parked the mile last week, expect a better trip from post three tonight. (4) MAINTENANCE MAN did not get a good trip at all last week. Look for improvement tonight.
Race 4 - (1) BUTTERFLY KISSES closed strong from off the pace last week and was narrowly defeated. Expecting success tonight. (3) GET UP N GOUDA is a versatile filly who is facing an easier group tonight. I see her getting better. (2) TWIN B DREAM GIRL tried a different tactic last week and that helped her improve even though she tired. She is turning the corner and now is the time to jump on board.
Race 5 - (4) SUNSHINEINMYPOCKET really likes to pass horses at every point throughout the race. She is a nice filly who is ultra-consistent and shows a lot of promise tonight. (6) LUS ILLUSION didn’t get the best of trips last out following an uncharacteristic break after the start. Her consistency is hard to ignore. (1) AZUCAR PIPEDREAM steps up to face tougher tonight from the rail. She has speed and that could play to her favor.
Race 6 - (3) BEARY YU VON handled post nine pretty well last week and while she didn’t pass anyone, she was coming. Look for her to be sharp tonight. (1) JULIASPRECIOUSGIRL just did not get over the track well at all last week from post seven. I see her improving tonight off that effort. (2) W C KENZIE COOKIE races well about every other start and if history repeats itself tonight should be her night. I like her chances from here. (9) SPORTY SONG draws tough this week and I think she has a chance to make the Super Hi-5 from out here. Throw out her last start. (7) SPORTJET RAY handled the step up to face this group pretty well last week. She is another that could hit the board with a decent trip.
Race 7 – (2) CHEEKY CHICKY has only been worse than second once this season and she has been very impressive against this group. I like her chances at a price. (4) ACEFORTYFOUR PAT has won four straight and the step up in class is her chance to prove herself. I see her racing well, but this is a tough group. (3) CASIMIR SWAMP GIRL was scratched sick on August 27, the almost month off is the only concern I have for this filly.
Race 8 - (2) BETTORS BURN seems to be turning the corner and continuing to improve. Her ability to pass horses is something I don’t think should be ignored. (5) SHADOW DREAMER is one of the value plays I really admire tonight. While her start against this group wasn’t the greatest last week, her start two back looked better than the line shows. Definitely a player at a price. (7) GET IT DONE DONNA draws tough, but she has been almost flawless through her short career. She should be used underneath.
Race 9 - (4) DECEPTION SEELSTER returns to a track where he has had some success before. Driver change to Carroll could make the difference tonight. (2) CRUSING CHARLIE has struggled as of late, but he is racing against easier tonight, going to give one more opportunity. (3) AMAZON DRAGON steps up in class, but he has been racing extremely well. Not one I would leave off the ticket.
Race 10 - (1) ST LADS CASH has looked sharp as of late, that success continues from the rail tonight. (2) TAILS AWAY tried to come first up last week and just didn’t fire down the lane. I take that as a learning experience for him and I look for a big race tonight. (9) SPORTSNEST made up a lot of ground last week and raced better than what the line shows. I see him on the ticket at a nice price tonight with Kelly back aboard. (6) BLAKES BOY has won three of his last four starts, and while he steps up in class tonight, he is worth a use underneath at a price. (7) ALLROK drops in class and could pop against this group. The only concern is the time off.
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