Trio Of Lucrative Affairs For Trot And Pace Divisions
Another week of Grand Circuit racing takes place at Mohawk Racetrack, with their program on Saturday, Sept. 17 featuring the $363,000 Peaceful Way Final, $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final, and two $35,000 eliminations for mares in the Milton Pace.
The Peaceful Way appears to surround Ariana G, who goes for her seventh-straight win of the season. Winning her elimination by 7 lengths, she has continually asserted her dominance over this division. However, this division is also known to produce chaos and Ariana G could be affected in the event something abnormal happens in the mile.
Local filly Dream Together may be able to overcome a chaotic configuration to beat Ariana G. After sweeping the Pure Ivory Series, she won a division of the Champlain and was runner-up to Ariana G in the elimination last week, being one of a few to ever cut into her large lead. Starting from post 9, she has the speed to be placed into the race.
While the Peaceful Way could have chaos influence the result, the William Wellwood most certainly will be chaotic. The elimination winners, Seven And Seven and What The Hill, have not demonstrated themselves to be standouts of this division, and will receive play off their wins last week.
Signal Hill and Real Lucky Day may prove to be profitable alternatives. Signal Hill narrowly lost to What The Hill in the elimination last week but is improving with every start over the oval. Real Lucky Day is a suspicious contender since this will be his third start of the season, as if he was always poised to compete here. His fifth-place finish to What The Hill in the elimination is deceiving, as he managed to gain ground and kick home strongly. With the right trip from the rail, he could provide the biggest upset of the night.
Elimination one of the Milton attracts Solar Sister, fresh off a 1:49.1 first-over effort in the $200,000 Artiscape at Tioga Downs, making her the likely favorite. Aside from her, Waasmula makes her first start since finishing second to Lady Shadow in the $370,000 Roses Are Red Final, getting two sharp qualifiers under her belt recently. Perhaps her layoff will sway the public more strongly towards others but shouldn’t have a impact on her performance.
Lady Shadow leads elimination two despite finishing second in the Artiscape. Against her is Bedroomconfessions, an improving mare pacer who has had success on the Preferred circuit at Mohawk. At the right price, she’d be worth using to defeat Lady Shadow.
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