January 27, 2011
Woodbine Racetrack will present a $40,000 guaranteed pool for its early Pick-4 Thursday 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, 3, 6, 10
Race 5 – 4, 5, 8
Race 6 – 1, 3, 4
Race 7 – 1, 2, 5
Total – $108 for $1, or $21.60 for $.20
#2. Dancers Cam – will be making just her second career start for trainer/driver Joe Hudon. She had an impressive 1:57.1 qualifying effort last week and should be competitive tonight. With just three racelines she appears to be versatile which would also help her chances from post 2.
#3. Upfront Heidi Hoho – could be a chancy wager. She posted just one win from a combined 13 starts over the past few seasons. Last week she raced terrific after being positioned 9th at the half and finishing 3rd. She also gets post relief tonight starting from post 3.
#6. Sign Out – seems to have the most speed in this field with a 1:54.4 lifetime best. In November she also repeated that time after finishing 8th. It is possible she could put her best foot forward tonight.
#10. Ms Ladyshark – is coming off her first career victory last week at Flamboro Downs. In the past, trainer Blair Burgess has raced younger horses at Flamboro before bringing them to Woodbine where they are very competitive. She will have to overcome post 10 for driver Jody Jamieson.
#4. Pearson Hanover – is a must have in your Pick-4 ticket. He won half his starts in 2010 (6 for 12) and already began his 2011 season on a winning note. He might even offer bettors a valid price because Roush Hanover will likely be the bettors choice. This race could offer a nice payout!
#5. Lucerne De Vie – has been very consistent at this level for quite some time for trainer Ben Wallace. She scored the victory in her 2011 debut and could follow that up tonight given the right trip. She has terrific gate-speed but I would not like to see her cut the mile.
#8. Roush Hanover – will likely be the post time favourite, but I think he’s beatable. I’m not really paying attention to his 4th place finish last week because he had over a month off. Tonight I think Filion will race him more competitively and will likely leave from post 8.
#1. Cheap N Easy – seems to have lost her edge in her last two starts. From a limited starts as a two-year-old she showed some terrific miles which tells me that her best days are still ahead of her. She could poise the win tonight but I would like to see her from off-the-pace.
#3. Betterluvnexttime – I would like to know what happened last week, after her 9th place finish, beaten 22-lengths with a final quarter of :33.3. She’s back racing 7 days later, so it must have been a issue that trainer David Menary could correct in a timely fashion. You can never rule out a David Menary trainee!
#4. Rockabye Babe – was used hard last week to make the front from post 8. She gets post relief tonight beginning from post 4 and I think Saftic will leave the gate once again. She has the breeding and a top trainer on her side so I think she’s a must-have at this level.
#1. Kiss Quietly – has 2 wins from 3 starts this year and gets the services of driver Jody Jamieson again. She gets a better post this week and shows terrific gate-speed which I believe will be applied. This lower-end class always seems to be a wide-open race and I think tonight is no different.
#2. Native Canadian – has been very inconsistent in her last 6 starts. She could win one week then finish 5th-8th the next. It looks like she needs the right trip to win and can’t get roughed up in the mile. Zeron knows this filly and she seems very versatile.
#5. Warrawee Jane – returns to Woodbine again tonight after having a long stint at Western Fair. You have to consider her 11wins last year and her record so far this year. She has gate-speed on her side and the services of driver Doug McNair. She will likely offer a nice price for the Pick-4 ticket.