by Al Cimaglia
July 9, 2017
Tonight could be the last time the Jackpot Hi-5 at Hawthorne can be bet until Saturday night. If there isn't a single winner this evening, a mandatory Hi-5 payout will take place in six days and the pool will be frozen until then. Currently the carryover sits at $218,292.601.
On Saturday night, there were only three correct Hi-5 tickets and in my opinion all of the winners deserved to take the entire pool. As it turned out the winning combination of (2-5-1-7-9) paid $3,733.36 on a .20 wager. The winner went off at 5-1 followed by 19-1, 60-1, 13-1 and 15-1, as mentioned that seemed good enough to haul in all the chips.
Casey Leonard led all drivers with four pictures and Mike Brink sat on the top of the trainer's list with two winners.
Last night at Mohawk my posted Early Pick 4 ticket did connect. The winning combination of 3/5/6/7 paid $36.34 on a .20 wager.
My focus will be on the Jackpot Hi-5 tonight. Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-LK'S Nancy Lee-Obviously not the same horse as last year but deserves consideration to be in the hunt.
2-Delightfully Wild-Trainer has been cold but did win the finale last night. Lackey could seek the top and get a good seat, consider at a square price.
3-Buckle Girl Bobette-Having a great meet and is sharp as a tack. She is a major player again.
5-Blissful Pansy-Steps up, but probably the top threat to #3 and if the last effort can be repeated she will be tough to beat.
8-Libby's Ideal-3 year old would need a few breaks to win. But certainly, deserves Hi-5 consideration even from the 8 hole.
.20 Jackpot Hi-5
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