I thought the card was going to be good this weekend at Woodbine but this has exceeded all of my wagering expectations. I won’t be jumping in the “Bet Mobile” and heading to the track. I am going to make all of my wagers in the morning and see the Bengals brawl with the Cleveland Browns. I sure hope my wagers do better than the Bengals, and who knows? I may see some winners on both ends of this wagering weekend! Oh, and the name “Bet Mobile” came from a true gent that I was introduced to by John Englehardt. If you didn’t meet him, he was one you that you should have. His name was Bob Summers, and he hung around with John’s older brother Bob. There are people you want to leave the room, some you won’t let in the room, and the rare few that leave the room a better place. Meeting Bob in passing was a pleasure, and I look to the heavens for some wisdom of wagering luck from the man who was known in the newspaper world as the “Happy Handicapper.”
Race #5 – The G-2 Canadian Stakes – 1 1/8 on the turf – 3:05 p.m. ET
#7 – Smart Sting (12-1) = John Veasquez in the saddle for Roger Attfield. This filly by Smart Strike is 3/3 ITM over the surface. She ran a solid effort in the G-3 Modesty, and has been working in Toronto. Attfield wins 24% with layoff runners returning to the races, and her style has the look to enjoy the long roaming stretch. I like her chances, and if she returns in good order, she may deliver a sweet sting of a payoff.
Use her with: #9 – Kapitale (Ger) who gets her second start in the U.S, and #3 – Stars to Shine (6-1) with Alex Solis.
Race #7 – The G-3 Ontario Derby – 1/18th on the poly – 4:04 p.m. ET
#4 – Gung Ho (8-1) = Johnny V. for Mark Casse, and both of these guys knows how to win. Goes from turf to poly, and has faced better on the synthetic. Went on the shelf as a beaten favorite, and he gets another crack at a big payday.
Use with: #1 – Patrioticandproud (6-1) who is also trained by Casse with the DeSilva in the saddle, and #6 – Prospective (3-1) who is 3/3 ITM at Woodbine.
Race 8 – The G-1 Northern Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:37 p.m. ET – ***** THIS RACE BEGINS THE $200,000 P-4 ******
#6 – Musketier (5-2) = The 10-year-old gelding brings his show to town with Johnny V. and Roger Attfield. 3/6 ITM at Woodbine, and she does better over firm footing, and without any rain to speak helps his cause. Good closer who loves going long, and the old grey can still find the winner’s circle. Exits a key race where 3/7 have come back to win.
#7 – Wigmore Hall (6-1) = Jamie Spencer takes over for trainer Michael Bell. Broke slowly in the Arlington Million, and mad up some ground along the rail. 1/1 at Woodbine, and should be a player as he won this race last year.
#5 – Forti Dei Marmi (8-1) = Alex Solis gets the call for Attfield. 1/2 over the track, and exits an impressive win over the surface.
Race #9 – Alw $70,300 – 7f – 5:07 p.m. ET
#1 – Mekong Delta (10-1)
#2 – Hurdle Rate (12-1)
#4 – Molly Jo Queen (3-1)
#7 – Acting Naughty (7-2)
Race #10 – The G-1 Woodbine Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 5:42 p.m. ET
#3 – Wise Dan (6-5) = John Velasquez in the irons for Charles Lopresti. When he won the G-3 Ben Ali at Keeneland, I knew he was evolving into a special runner. He is my single, and if you saw the impressive victory in the G-2 Fourstardave at Saratoga, you would feel confident as well.
Race #11 – Alw $56,000 – 7f – 6:13 p.m. ET
#1 – Miss Scarlet Road (5-2)
#4 – White Road (10-1)
#7 – Memories Last Love (3-1)
Ticket Cost = 3 X 4 1 X 3 = $36 for a $1 ticket, and $18 for a 50-cent version