by Al Cimaglia
June 30, 2019
The headliners tonight at Hawthorne Racecourse are two-year-old trotters going in Violet and Cardinal Stakes action. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 8, it has a $30,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus.
The driver with the hottest hands on Saturday night at Hawthorne was Kyle Wilfong with four pictures. The top conditioner on the card was Brett Wilfong with two trips to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-From Me To You-1st start off the bench and at Haw was in the slop and was fine, could be sitting on a big try.
6-Camera Queen-Breaking issues but just missed in last, makes 4th start for new barn, a threat if minds manners.
7-Sand And Rocks-3-yr.-old takes on older but raced a big 2nd half in slop in 1st local start, using at a square price.
9-Finleys Filly-Will respect 2nd ML chalk and Team Leonard, will use but look to beat both program favorites.
1-Theresareason-Nice improvement in 4th start of year, Franco may get into striking range sooner, best to respect.
2-Susan Sage-Winner of three straight and barn has been really hot, steps-up but could be up to the challenge.
6-Syrna-Made it looked easy in 3rd start for new barn in slop, back in vs. similar and at 7-1 in ML offers value.
1-Winter Gram-Raced a big 2nd half and now drops, could get sucked around and win at a square price.
8-Secret Cache-3-year-old steps-up after an easy win, post makes the price and should be a player.
10-Brienne The Beauty-Makes 3rd start on Lasix and last was better with a tough trip, could get cover from #8.
2-Fresh Eyes-Takes on better after a sharp win in 3rd start for Leonard barn, big chance if races back to last.
8-Fox Valley Halsey-Competitive filly will need a trip from this post but will use at 7-1 in the ML.
10-Jazzie Babe-Bates takes a spin for hot barn, should be a major player as long as pace isn't dull.
0.50 Late Pick 4