June 24, 2017
It's a weekend of guaranteed pools at Hawthorne for the Late Pick 4. Tonight, the .50 Late Pick 4 will have another guaranteed pool of $15,000 and tomorrow the guarantee will be bumped up to $20,0000. The headliner comes in Race 3, a conditioned trot for fillies and mares that are non-winners of 4 races and it will carry an $11,000 purse.
It was mentioned last week in my race comments trainer Britney Dillon's barn seemed to be coming around. That turned out to be the case in a big way last night as she won three races and two were at long odds. Driver Tyler Sheehan was in the sulky for two of the three winners and Robert Smolin was the pilot on the other.
The .50 Late Pick 4 (10-4-8-9) paid $1936.85 and the payout was boosted by longshot winners in the opening two legs. Tonight, I will take another swing at the Late Pick 4. Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Our Miss Lily-Last was better than it looked and now moves inside a couple of spots.
2-Lovethewayoulook-Program chalk came out of same race as #1, went on the engine and might be rated better tonight.
7-Ashlee's Fine Lady-Took advantage of brisk fractions and rolled by everyone late. Could be taking a picture again.
2-Fat And Poe-Won last going free legged, that will be the case again. Will string along and respect chances for a repeat.
4-Laurel's Lea-Trying hard despite having 10 hole and racing on an off track. Could be sitting on a big try at a square price.
5-Do You Dare-Was rolling in the back half but was too far back on an off track. 2nd time Leonard, and should be better.
6-Shymaster-2nd chalk, leaving favorite (#3) out, raced well in 1st start on an off track. Now, looks like a major player.
4-Vintage Babe-Twice beaten favorite steps up but should be in the hunt. Not crazy about short price, ML chalk at 5/2.
6-Phyliss Jean-This 4 year old looks like the one to beat, dropping out of Open company.
7-Fox Valley Charm-Was a bridesmaid in last two, but best to not overlook high percentage barn.
1-Eternal Grace-Last 2 were better since arriving from Cali. Makes 5th start at Haw, draws inside, and should offer value.
2-Naty-9/5 ML favorite, drops to the bottom rung trying for 1st win in a while. Racked up over $49K in 2016.
7-Fox Valley Ruby-Another grasping for a win. Lackey should have his charge ready and a dry track can help.
.50 Late Pick 4
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