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Mohawk Picks for Thursday May 18, 2017
By: Paul Gooch
 
Another card with only 3 winners Monday and 2 exacta boxes on the night. My Best Bet was a winner but my Highest Odds to finish In The Money was also In The Money. Today’s card looks to be a Favorites kind of day.
 

STATS PICKS WINS WIN %
WINS 83 22 26.5%
EXACT BOXES 83 19 22.9%
BEST BETS 8 5 62.5%
HOITMS 8 6 75.0%

 
Here is how I see the card to today:
 
Best Bet – Race 1 #5 (DUNBAR HALL) 5/2 ML
 
Highest Odds to Finish “In The Money” – Race 11 #5 (GOOD FRIDAY THREE) 10/1 ML
 
RACE 1 – 5, 6, 9, 2
 
The 5 finished 4th last time out after a long layoff. Even though the 5 looks to be taking a bump in class, the Speed figures are still the best in the field.
 
RACE 2 – 1, 2, 6, 4
 
Taking a chance on the 1 to return from a long layoff and be a winner. Posted good qualifying times and last time raced posted a 1:53. Let’s hope the 1 returns to that form today for the win.
 
RACE 3 – 5, 6, 8, 9
 
Being a HUGE Soprano’s fan, how can I pick against the 5? Horse shows decent Speed & Class figures while posting times of 1:55, 1:56, & 1:54 last 3 times out.
 
RACE 4 – 7, 6, 2, 4
 
The 7 had a 2nd place finish last time out posting a 1:53 in the first race back after a long layoff. With the best Speed figures in the field and a superb Driver/Trainer tandem, hard to look past the 7 here.
 
RACE 5 – 5, 3, 6, 4
 
Another horse with 1 race under the belt after a long layoff. Last time out the 5 finished 3rd and has the best Speed & Class figures in the field today.
 
RACE 6 – 7, 1, 4, 6
 
First time Lasix on the 7 today while posting decent Speed & Class figures. This horse ran a 1:56 2 races back and I’m hoping with Lasix the 7 gets back to that form today for the win.
 
RACE 7 – 7, 5, 8, 6
 
Invader from Flamboro with a victory last time out. The 7 posts top Speed & Pace figures in the field today and a superb Driver/Trainer tandem.
 
RACE 8 – 5, 6, 7, 3
 
Another invader from Harrah’s & Dover. The 5 shows decent Speed & Class figures along with the best Pace figures in the field today. Another Driver/Trainer tandem that I like.
 
RACE 9 – 9, 6, 5, 8
 
In the money 9 of 16 tries this year and posting a 1:53 last time out, having Travis Cullen in the bike & Training, I like the 9 here.
 
RACE 10 – 8, 7, 2, 6
 
I think this race is a two race horse between the 7 and the 8. Even though the 7 is coming off 3 wins in a row, I like the 8 in this race to beat the 7. I see better Pace figures for the 8 and a better Driver/Trainer tandem.
 
RACE 11 – 6, 5, 3, 1
 
The 6 posts the best Speed & Class figures in the field along with posting times of 1:53, 1:52, and 1:51 last 3 times out. Again like Travis Cullen in charge here as well.