by Al Cimaglia
August 18, 2019
The Sunday feature at Hawthorne Racecourse rolls in Race 9, a condition pace with a $9,200 purse. The headliner from a betting perspective is the 0.50 Late Pick 4 which has a $30,000 guaranteed pool. The competitive sequence starts in Race 6 and will be my focus.
The pilots with the hottest hands on Saturday were Kyle Husted, Kyle Wilfong and Travis Seekman who each took two pictures. On the 11-race card no trainer had more than one win.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Always Party Time-Form has been dull but can close and could be put into play sooner, using versus this crew.
3-Western Vinny-Will look to skim the cones and shake loose late, Franco just missed last time, so beware.
5-Parkes Boy-Beaten chalk was used hard early in last, makes 4th start for new barn and should be in the mix.
7-Evco Lane-Fits better here but because of earnings draws outside and that could be the fly in the ointment.
2-Michonne-Looking for 3rd straight, draws inside so should be forwardly placed, could win again if minds manners.
7-Letsgoforitall-HoP invader tries Lasix and has been facing better, looks to be a square price and fits well.
8-Oh So Pine-Looking for 1st win of '19 after banking >$95k in '18, will be tighter and looks like a player.
4-Americanboy-Gets post relief and drops, that should help provisional driver stay in the hunt.
6-Lots Of Pride-Needs a trip and hasn't gotten a good one in last 2, Leonard may find some cover and snag 3rd win.
7-Mystical Charger-Decent effort versus better and now drops to a spot to shine but is only 1-17.
1-Sheriff Coffey-Rolled a 54.4 2nd half but had the 2nd tier and pace was slow, should be in play to fly by late.
2-Shadyman-Has had excuses but needs to find a way to seal the deal, draws well and Anderson should work a trip.
7-PH Hippie-Moves up after a big improvement in last 2, will respect chances for an encore but this could be tougher.
Race 6) 2,3,5,7
Race 7) 2,7,8
Race 8) 4,6,7
Race 9) 1,2,7
Total Ticket Cost) $54 for $0.50
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