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WEG’s Pick-4 Ticket (Jan. 1)

December 31, 2010

January 1, 2011

Woodbine Racetrack will present a $40,000 guaranteed pool for its early Pick-4 Saturday afternoon. The Pick-4 will kick off as usual in Race 4.

Greg Gangle of the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s media department has handicapped the four races and has provided his following insight:

Overall Summary
Race 4 – 4, 5, 6
Race 5 – 4, 5, 9
Race 6 – 3, 6, 7
Race 7 – 1, 4, 6
Total – $81 for $1, or $16.20 for $.20

Race 4

#4. All Tiger N – He’s getting major class relief after tackling the Preferred company last week. I wasn’t impressed with his performance last week after fading badly in the stretch but he should be very competitive in this class. This race appears to have multiple horses that could easily win.

#5. – Our Lucky Killean – Posted two consecutive wins leading up to this afternoon’s race. I don’t think he will be near the front in the early going. His best stride is from off-the-pace and has over $1.3 million of back-class. He’s 10-years-old but is very competitive at this level.

#6. – Panmunjom – Paced a strong mile in his most recent outing. He was a $130,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale earlier this year and will be looking for his first win for his new connections. His last race was his best effort so far for new trainer David Menary.

Race 5

#4. Bordeauxs Best – Didn’t have his patented late closing kick as he has shown since arriving on this circuit. If he can race like he did a few weeks ago (:26 final quarters) then he’s a major threat, especially if given the right trip. I just hope he doesn’t get too far back.

#5. Most Happy Keene – Has done very well for new trainer/owner Jeff Gillis. He will likely be on the front-end or close to is, as usual. He was victorious in this class last week and Gillis elects to return to the same level today.

#4. Cuzzin Sid – Got a needed start under his belt after having a long lay off for trainer Tony O’Sullivan. He finished a strong third last week in his return and has enough talent to win at this level. Post 9 is a disadvantage so I hope MacDonell positions him accordingly.

Race 6

#3. Start Livin – Made a costly break in his last start at Western Fair in their featured event. He posted three consecutive second place finishes before that. Despite only 2 victories last year, with the right trip he can get the job done for driver Keith Oliver. He has trotted miles in 1:55 – 1:56 which makes him competitive at this level.

#6. Power Shot – Will likely be the post time favourite, after scoring two victories prior to today’s card. He returns to the same class level but enters the claiming ranks. Trainer Richard Moreau has a reputation of racing where he can win or be competitive.

#7. – All Ours – The connections must think enough of this horse to hang on to him after just having 2 starts last year as a 4-year-old. He posted a 1:58.2 winning effort in his most recent start at Georgian Downs, with terrible track conditions. At his 8-1 morning line, he’s certainly worth a chance.

Race 7

#1. Riverwalk – Comes into today’s race fresh off a victory at Georgian Downs. After posting two victories earlier this year he tailed off but seems to be coming into today’s race with his best stride. He’s at the bottom end level and should be competitive.

#4. Ruff Tuff Jackson – Finished second last week after cutting the mile out. If he works out a trip he will be a threat. He won at this level on Nov. 20 so he’s shown he’s competitive here. He’s usually near the front which never hurts here at Woodbine.

#6. – Mcartlee – Couldn’t be coming into today’s race any better after scoring back-to-back victories. He won 8 times last year so he knows how to find the winners circle. This is a tough race to handicap and there are many options.

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