by Al Cimaglia
February 26, 2022
The feature at Hawthorne Racecourse goes in Race 2, an Open Trot with a $13,700 purse. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 5. The sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Dilly Dilly Time (2-1)-Drops to a soft spot and should relish the company. Leonard could be out and rolling to take control early in the mile.
5-Illustrate (6-1)-Has a good chance to upset if Franco provides a sharp steer. Beat #1 on 2-12 and could offer some value.
1-Summering (7/2)-Four-year-old comes off a nice win and now faces more experienced foes but shouldn't wilt. Has been in good form and looks like a solid play at the morning line odds.
3-Eliza Dushku N (4-1)-This is Wilfong's choice over #9 and qualified well on 2-19 but hasn't raced since 9-11. Has hit the board in 6 of 14 in Stickney and could bag a win if fires hot off the bench.
5-Rosey Time (6-1)-This will be the 3rd straight steer by Bates, and he has been aggressive both times. There isn't any real gate speed in this field except for #3 and shouldn't use much gas getting on the point.
1-Gregory John (12-1)-Fits with this crew and finally draws inside. Oosting should be able to hang around near the top of the stack and take a swing down the lane.
5-Solar (3-1)-Brushed to the front in an odd race in which the 1st half went in a very hot 54.4 and faded late. Willing to give another chance and will hope for a better journey.
7-Rndmnunpredictable (10-1)-Here's another who didn't get a smooth trip and finished with some life. Using at a price in a difficult race to read.
9-Louzotic (5/2)-Hasn't been able to finish but this is a soft spot. Not worthy of a tiny price from this post but should be in the hunt at the wire.
3-U'll Learn (3-1)-Bates picked over the 5/7 and won't be facing Open company this time. Looking for better on the drop but wouldn't want to swallow a short price.
7-My Uptowne Girl (7/2)-Beat this kind in last, loses Bates but Seekman can do the job. Could race near the top, and it's best to not overlook.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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