by Al Cimaglia
August 25, 2019
After getting rained out at the DuQuoin State Fair on Friday and Saturday, harness racing returns to Hawthorne Racecourse. The 12-race card has a 7:20 CST first post. The wagering headliner is the 0.50 Late Pick 4 with a $30,000 guaranteed pool. The sequence begins in Race 9 and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Skyhigh Ambition-Has issues but if can stay flat should be in the mix versus a suspect field.
3-Rue Hanover-Sharp win after joining the Lackey barn, steps-up but still fits.
5-Belladonna Hanover-Went her fastest race time in last and trip was not smooth, ML chalk should be a player.
2-Wanna B Bigtime-Tries the big track after working the fair circuit, will go deep and include in an open affair.
3-One R Two-Similar to #2 but has raced at Haw and has shown good speed, Husted should put in play early.
6-The Blaker-Makes 2nd start since Oct. plus 2nd on Lasix, is 1-15 but still the 9/5 choice and it's that kind of race.
7-True Colors-0-15 last 2 yrs., dropped in last and was used more aggressively, back in for a tag, using at 12-1 in ML.
10-Net Ten Money-HoP invader has raced here, off 18-days and will need a trip but has enough speed to compete.
5-Dune Dame-In 2 starts for the Leonard barn has a win and a 2nd. Now drops in for a tag and should be a clean trip away from a picture.
3-Mystical Peter-Even money chalk has faced stakes caliber competition in Ohio, 3-year-old should be tough.
4-Letsgoforitall-Will respect Swan For All colt joining Agosti barn, faced Indy Sires Stakes foes, is 2nd time Lasix.
Race 9) 1,3,5
Race 10) 2,3,6,7,10
Race 11) 5
Race 12) 3,4
Total Ticket Cost) $15 for $0.50
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