by Al Cimaglia
August 30, 2021
Hawthorne Racecourse has a rare Monday night 10-race card set to go at 7:10 CST. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 7. The sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Model (9/2)-Comes off an even effort against this kind in last but was off almost 5 weeks. This is a good spot to be forwardly placed and should like the company.
3-Spoxys Girl (5/2)-Stepped-up and had some road trouble, before that beat the $8k claimers going off at 6/5. Hasn't been in this cheap all meet. Caution is probably the best course of action but is a main player if 100%.
4-Finleys Filly (6-1)-Camera shy mare is 3 for 38 over the past 2 years but could beat this crew with a top try. Versus this field it's best to consider this team Leonard entry at this price.
2-Peace Time (5-1)-Was scratched sick last week, before that won in Springfield and had been in good form. Drops into a spot to shine if ready. Will take a swing that is the case as the Cavett barn has been winning at a 33% clip over the last 30 days.
3-Marcia (3-1)-Three-year-old tries Lasix for the 1st time and has won 3 of 7 at Haw. Fits in a race without a standout.
5-Dixie Chick (7/2)-Drops after breaking in last, wasn't Bender's choice (3) and Todd Warren takes the lines. Doesn't like to win but should be competitive versus this crew.
4-Fire Shine (5-1)-Slow starter can roll late and there could be a few leaving in here to provide a solid pace. Warren owns, trains and drives and this filly can take a picture but is a work in progress. Looking for an alert start from an inside post draw.
5-Dilly Dilly Time (9/2)-This is another filly that has been handled cautiously off the gate from the outside. But from this post Leonard can get a good seat and be in striking range at the top of lane.
6-Shooting Brooke (4-1)-Has won 2 straight rather easily but now Husted steers instead of Warren. Has an advantage because can be put in play off the gate. Beat this kind last week and Husted can provide a good trip so best to respect.
2-Sports Bet (5/2)-Drops to a level for success and was Ridge Warren's choice over the 5 & 9. Should have a big chance to take a picture with a smooth trip.
8-Here Comes Mario (7-1)-Lasix has seemed to work in the last 2 starts and now drops in for a tag after winning in the NW2. This post makes it more of a challenge but also helps the price. Worth a swing at the program odds as the upswing could continue.
Race 7) 2,3,4
Race 8) 2,3,5
Race 9) 4,5,6
Race 10) 2,8
Total Ticket Cost) $27 for $0.50
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