by Al Cimaglia
February 6, 2022
The Sunday night card at Hawthorne Racecourse has 11 races scheduled with the 0.50 Late Pick 4 starting in Race 8. The sequence has a $15,000 guaranteed pool, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-El Oh Govner (7/2)-Tried to go gate to wire in last and faded to come 2nd. Five-year-old usually finds a way to lose but tough to leave out versus this crew.
6-Lous Voodoo Woman (20-1)-This was Husted's choice over #8 who is at 4-1 in the morning line, and he does drive for Hansen, so this is an interesting choice. Has hit the board in 5 of 17 at Haw with 2 pictures and had 12 wins last year including Fair races. Comes off a tough trip from the 10 hole and the price should be worth the risk.
7-Look At Dat Kat (3/2)-Not loving the 3/2 morning line but has been facing better and should be in the hunt. This was Warren's pick over #4.
1-Beach Passage (6-1)-Makes the 5th start of the meet and the last race was its best. Has hit the board in 8 of 19 here with 3 wins and this is Oosting's choice over the program chalk #6.
6-Winter Gram (5/2)-This mare has competed well at this class and comes off a win. Avenatti steers instead of Oosting which could be cause for pause but recent form has been too good to leave out.
7-Fox Valley Lolo (3-1)-Dropped and popped in last and team Leonard could keep this mare good for another picture despite stepping up.
8-A Musing Sugar (9-1)-Comes off even efforts in last 2 but now drops to a more comfortable level. Oosting sticks and he could have this mare aiming for the point and not looking back.
9-Woodmere Rio (5-1)-This is 1 of 2 Dillon entries (9-10) and showed early speed in last which was a different tactic. Husted takes the lines and that is a positive driver change and will look for a big try at a solid price.
10-Dealmaker Hanover (9/5)-Came 3rd in last from the rail at even money. Now moves outside and should be a better price but will be small. Does have the speed to win from out here with a decent trip. Will respect chances but lean to others for more value.
7-Louzotic (3-1)-Beaten odds on favorite got on the engine and was just nipped at the wire. Comes right back at the same class and the winner isn't in this field. Looks like a main player.
9-Walter White (10-1)-This is Oosting's choice over #6 who is at 4-1 in the morning line. Has hit the board in 12 of 26 in Stickney with 5 pictures and has been facing better. Will need a sharp steer but is worth a try at this price.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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