John DaSilva starts the week with picks and analysis at Presque Isle Downs on Monday.
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Race 2 – Pick #4 Shogood (10-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
The race is filled with speed but the best closer in the race does not look to be good enough to win here. So, let's go with the speed of the speed. Shogood makes his first start for Gerald Brooks. While he has been out of form lately, that is because he has been racing on regular dirt. On all weather surfaces, he has a record of 15-5-6-0. Switch to bug girl Amanda Schwartz indicates that horse is going to be sent to the front and the connections are saying catch me if you can. At the distance of 5 ½ furlongs, they should last for the victory.
Race 4 – Pick #2 Mike Mike (7/2 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
Another race where there is plenty of early speed and the closers seem to be a cut below the field. Looking for a horse to wire the field again. Mike Mike returns to route after tiring as the favorite when making local return to the Criollo barn. He has set the pace in the past and should do the same here with a race under his belt. Also gets a positive jockey switch to Mike Allen.
Race 5 – Pick #11 Alfie Solomons (6-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
Wesley Ward has never been shy to ship for a stakes race. He ships Alfie Solomons from Kentucky to make his local debut and return to stakes company. He won an allowance at Keeneland last out when making regular dirt debut. Now he runs on an all weather course for the first time. He usually races on or close to the early pace and will be ridden by Mario Pino.
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