Making this brief, here are my selections for the big five races Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Pepsi North America Cup has the potential of being one hum-dinger. Even if you don't bet the race, it is a must watch event; possibly one of the top five races of 2013 when the year is over.
Who do I like in the NA Cup? The top contenders are pretty equal and there are a couple of questions to be answered. To me, the race is worth a shot at an upset. Take a look for yourself as to who I like.
2 -- Trot, purse $271,470; ARMBRO FLIGHT - FINAL - FILLIES & MARES.
1 Intense America (Filion, 10-1) - Should be overtaken early on in race; won't wire.
2 Personal Style (Miller, 3-1) - Won his elim in bold style. A factor here.
3 Maven (Gingras, 1-1) - Another one who won in bold style last race. The one to beat but odds poor.
4 Smarty Pants (Zeronm 40-1) - Needs to be up front early to contend; doubt it.
5 Cedar Dove (Pierce, 5-1) - Should be tighter. Consider for minor upset.
6 China Pearls (Waples, 10-1) - Likely faltering late.
7 Daylon Miracle (Wall, 40-1) -Yes it would be if she wins.
8 Unefoisdansmavie (Tetrick, 8-1) - Will try to leave but may be outgunned at the start.
9 Mystical Starlight (Jamieson, 15-1) - Not from out here.
10 Bax Of Life (Christoforou, 40-1) - May land share with a trip.
3 -- Trot, purse $364,266; ELEGANTIMAGE - FINAL - 3 YEAR OLD FILLIES.
1 Mistery Woman (Miller, 30-1) -Tough spot to race from; will get trapped.
2 Bee A Magician (Zeron, 1-1) - Going for fifth in a row; one to beat..
3 Angies Lucky Star (Filion, 4-1) Will be going early to take this race.
4 Seeuinthespring (Macdonald, 25-1) - Expect her to head for the pylons and take a chance late.
5 To Dream On (Gingras, 9-2) - Should be ready to fire. Upset chance.
6 Handover Belle (Lachance, 12-1) - Needs a trip to get involved.
7 Princess Lilly (Baillargeon, 8-1) - Second last two starts out. Minor share likely.
8 Rockin With Dewey (Waples, 25-1) - Jumped off in last; never a good sign.
9 Shared Past (Tetrick, 8-1) - NJSS champion finished second in local debut. Post hurts chances.
10 Charmed Life (Macdonell, 40-1) - Will be praying for a speed duel up front as only chance.
5 -- Pace, purse $391,882; FAN HANOVER - FINAL - 3 YEAR OLD FILLIES.
1 Love Canal (Mcnair, 15-1) - May land share with move inside.
2 Parlee Beach (Gingras, 15-1) - Has not shown she belongs with these.
3 Pertty Music (Zeron, 25-1) - Pertty sure she won't be around at the end.
4 I Luv The Nitelife (Tetrick, 4-5) - Clearly the one to beat but willing to accept 4-5?
5 Wherethegirlsare (Palone, 20-1) - No chance in last, but will take a big effort to factor at all.
6 Beach Of A Time (Miller, 25-1) - Pass here.
7 Jettin Jamie (Waples, 15-1) - If looking for a bomb, this may be the one. Consider.
8 Jerseylicious (Callahan, 5-2) - NJSS runner-up should land in the exotics.
9 Belle Boyd (Jamieson, 7-1) - Move outside will be a test of class here. Not out of it.
10 Nikki Beach ( Pierce, 15-1) - Post eliminates.
7 -- Pace, purse $1,000,000; PEPSI NORTH AMERICA CUP XXX - FINAL - 3 YEAR OLDS.
1 Apprentice Hanover (Jamieson, 20-1) - Showed he belongs here, but still a tough spot. Consideer in exotics.
2 Vegas Vacation (Zeron, 5-2) - Elimination winner figures to be roughed up a little here.
3 Fool Me Once (Filion, 4-1) - Elimination winner has come into his own. Could take it all.
4 Captaintreacherous (Tetrick, 2-1) - Here is where it counts. Repeat of Breeders Crown?
5 Twilight Bonfire (Miller, 30-1) - Nothing to recommend.
6 Wake Up Peter (Pierce, 8-1) - Winless this year but could this be time to wake up? Maybe.
7 Sunshine Beach (Christoforou, 15-1) - If he gets a trip can get in exotics.
8 Odds On Equuleus (Campbell, 8-1) - May be ready to fire at attractive odds.
9 Captive Audience (Waples, 8-1) - A lot of speed inside. Would need a suicide duel to get involved.
10 Martini Hanover(Palone, 25-1) - Shows a closing kick. Not likely unless top picks do each other in.
9 -- Trot, purse $225,276; GOODTIMES - FINAL - 3 YEAR OLDS.
1 Rossini (Campbell, 9-2) - Tested for class here. I'll pass.
2 Gotta Secret (Filion, 5-1) - Elimination winner must be respected.
3 Denver (Gingras, 4-1) - Could take it with a faster pace; don't ignore.
4 Bwt Taj (Henriksen, 20-1) - Qualified; a moral victory. Pass.
5 Toocool Forschool (Saftic, 7-2) - Winner of fastest elimination; the one to beat.
6 Brewmaster (Macdonald, 20-1) - Don't see but could land minor spoils.
7 Hamdalla (Miller, 9-2) - Got the lead late last week but couldn't hold it. Lands share.
8 Rolls Blue Chip (Waples, 20-1) - Could land minor spoils at best.
9 Flanagan Memory (Christoforou, 5-1) - Finished second to Toocool. Repeats?
10 Caveat Emptor (Schnittker, 12-1 ) - Buyer beware but believe you can pass on this one.
Pick-5 comes to Yonkers Raceway: Starting tomorrow night, Yonkers introduces the Pick-5. The wager is a must hit wager in that there is no consolation payoff. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Pick-5 has a guaranteed $10,000 pool.