by Al Cimaglia
July 30, 2017
The weekend's harness action comes to a close tonight with a 10-race card at Hawthorne. The main attraction for this evening will be three year old colts, geldings and filly trotters. The boys will do battle in Race 3, The Erwin F. Dygert-Leg 3 which will have a $16,000 purse. The young ladies will square off in The Beulah Dygert Memorial-Leg 3 which is carded as Race 5 and also has a $16,000 purse. From a betting angle, the Late .50 Pick 4 sequence begins in Race 7 and has a $20,000 guaranteed pool.
Last night, Casey Leonard, Brian Carpenter and Ryan Anderson were the leading drivers with two wins each. Terry Leonard was best amongst trainers with two victories.
Comments and selections below for the Late Pick 4 are based on a fast track.
1-Blissful Pansy-Tough to overlook with big post relief, was coming close starting outside. Lackey sticks and that should help.
5-Roll To Glory-Carpenter back in the bike and can gain striking position and roll by late.
6-Lakeside MS Queen-Won last with a 56.2 back half and 2nd chalk looks like a major player again.
9-Delightfully Wild-Mare competes but Anderson will need to work a trip, worth a swing as post adds to the price.
1-Kickinitwithkohler-Dropped and won at 1-5, now steps up. Maybe last was a confidence booster, can fit here.
2-Fox Valley Veto-Can't throw out as Leonard steers, draws inside and drops but the 3/2 ML speaks volumes about this field.
10-Survivir Di-9-time winner in '16 will be challenged by post draw but will respect chances.
1-Real Sheila-Was facing better before some time off. 2nd start back and will consider from the rail.
7-Oh Josephine-3-year-old makes 2nd start since arriving from the East Coast. Has speed and Leonard steers tonight.
8-Dune On Time-Trying hard and may get help from a quicker pace in this mile.
6-One More Trick-Steps up but fits well with this crew. 3-year-old might be able to seal the deal and take a picture.
9-Bigger N Better-Best could be good enough and has shown past wins from outside posts. Looking for a return to fine form.
.50 Pick 4
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