by Al Cimaglia
July 2, 2017
Hawthorne will close-out the weekend with a pair of Dygert Eliminations for trotters as both Race 5 and Race 8 will carry a $12,000 purse. Players should keep in mind, besides the Late Pick 4 with a $20,000 guaranteed pool there is a big carryover in the finale of $178,547 for the Jackpot Hi-5.
The drivers with the hottest hands on Saturday night were Casey Leonard and Tim Curtin, with four and three wins respectively. Tonight, my angle is to play against the 2-1 favorite in the opening leg and the 2-1 morning chalk in the third leg of the Late Pick 4. In my view, it makes sense to shy away from the program favorites in those two races and hopefully it will pay to seek more value.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
8-Shez A Swift-Has found ways to lose this year. 2nd chalk should be a big player tonight.
9-Stephie Clay-Taking a swing with a big price who will be rolling late if there is a quick pace.
6-Louscipher-Leonard gets a catch drive on the 3/2 favorite, his race to lose.
8-Trixie's Jethro-This 3-year old likes to win races, so will respect. Chances would improve with a better post draw.
3-David's Draw-Steps up after a sharp win at 32-1. Not crazy about the 3-1 ML but will respect chances.
5-Betorluckythangood-Oosting's choice and last 2 have been better than the lines look. Could be sitting on a big try.
9-Red Red Redneck-Likes to race up close and besides #3 there's not a lot of gate speed. May get the top and control race.
2-I Could Care Less-Having a very good meet and fits in here. Looking for a strong effort.
5-All About Cowboys-1st start since 11/12/16 was sharp. Should be better tonight and has had success here in the past.
7-Pridecrest-2-1 program favorite takes a sizeable drop and could be in line for third picture this year.
.50 Late Pick 4
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