January 22, 2011
Woodbine Racetrack will present a $40,000 guaranteed pool for its early Pick-4 Saturday evening. 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:
Race 4 – 2, 5, 9
Race 5 – 1, 2, 3, 4
Race 6 – 2, 7, 10
Race 7 – 1, 3, 9
Total – $108 for $1, or $21.60 for $.20
#2. Ideal Gift – has started off 2011 on the right foot with a 1-1-0 record from 2 starts. This race seems to be wide-open but Ideal Gift has the benefit of the post 2 and will likely use off-the-pace tactics again tonight.
#5. Fast Standin Still – remains unbeaten in 2011 for trainer Wayne Pretzcator. My only worry is that Jamieson, who posted both wins, has elected to drive Bordeauxs Best. Jamieson took a 7-1 over a 5-1, maybe he knows something we don’t.
#8. Automatic Slims – went a terrific 1:51.4 mile last week after a short layoff. He certainly wont be 50-1 this week for Moiseyev and Di Cenzo. He is a very high speed horse but with just 13 starts last year, he isn’t the soundess or has had sickness issues. Whenever he races, he always puts in a solid effort.
#1. Jackets Required – he seems to have Allamerican Ingot syndrome, tons of speed but lack of heart and will-to-win. He is very versatile and McIntosh certainly knows how to win the big races. I hope he’s not on the front-end because I don’t think he can go the distance. I think he needs a trip and find racing room late in the mile.
#2. Twin B Warrior – Waples elected to drive Jackets Required but that doesn’t mean Twin B Warrior isn’t capable of scoring the win. He came from well off-the-pace last week to finish second. He doesn’t show the best gate-speed, so I hope Filion doesn’t get away too far back. If he gets the right trip, he has a great closing kick.
#3. Good Bad Lucky – sort of caught me by surprise by posting the win last week. He did get a terrific drive by Jamieson and posted a solid :27.1 final-quarter. He’s the 5-2 morning line favourite and will likely be well positioned early in the mile.
#4. Sparky Mark – went gate-to-wire last week to score the victory. Jamieson, however, has elected to steer Good Back Lucky, so Mark MacDonald will handle the lines for trainer Mark Austin. I would expect MacDonald to leave aggressively and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him on the front-end. The only other horse who I think can post the victory other than my 4 selections is Art Professor.
#2. Kandor Hanover – she has a much better post position this week and is coming down in class. She has enough back-class and talent to win at this level. She will likely be the post time favourite but she is beatable. She needs the right trip to win.
#7. Motor Inn – hasn’t missed a cheque for quite some time and it overdue for a victory. He is a very consistent performer and is due to jump up and score a win. There is no standout in this contest and I’m cautiously optomistic about him with just 2 wins last year.
#10. Homer Jay – trainer Don Lindsey is off to a great start in 2011 with a .476 UDRS. Homer Jay certainly knows how to find the winners circle with 8 trips last year. Last week he was first-over and had to settle for fifth place. I’m not in favour of his post 10 start but if he can be positioned well, he has a chance.
#1. Hide The Cash – races at the bottom-end level tonight. He has scored a victory at this level before and he does have post 1. I’m unsure what to expect from him tonight; he didn’t race that well in his most recent at Flamboro Downs.
#5. Overcard – has been very inconsistent in his last few starts coming into tonight. He usually comes from off-the-pace which will likely occur again tonight. If he can go back to posting final quarters in the :27 range, like a few starts ago, he has a good shot at winning.
#9. Dark Prince – Has had zero luck lately and falls once again to the bottom class here at Woodbine. He has had a two post 9 starts lately with no luck, hopefully that changes tonight because he will likely offer a great price.