by Al Cimaglia
September 20, 2019
Hawthorne Racecourse starts its final weekend of harness action in 2019 with a 9-race card. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 6. The sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus.
Kyle Husted led the pilots on Thursday with two winners. Trainer Nick Prather won the first race and the finale to lead conditioners with two trips to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Rockin Eddie-Comes off a nice try at HoP, Leonard returns off a long absence and should put in play early.
5-Shadyman-Knocked out of last and qualified well, makes 4th start on Lasix and could be set for 3rd picture of '19.
6-Rocknroll High-Took the short way around and rolled down the lane to take 1st picture in 2 years, will string along.
8-Major Attribute-Rough gaited but has the heart to rally in the late going, gained ground against the wind in last.
1-Twomacsonemach-Won last off a nice steer, steps-up but can get sucked around for an encore at a square price.
2-Ponda's Prospect-I didn't like in last from 8-hole, but will use tonight, fits and Leonard can work a trip from here.
5-Hot Rod Dylan-Drops into a spot to shine, Franco could get on the engine without much sweat and not look back.
2-Skyway Boomer-Hasn't won since 7/5, but can score versus a field without any All-Stars with an inside post draw.
3-Account Rollover-Leonard's choice qualified well, hasn't raced since 7/12, has issues but drops from Open company.
4-Ricky Bobbie-Drops to the lowest level of the meet, gets a positive driver change and best to respect.
6-Limited Edition-Another dropping and searching for a picture, in this but will need a good steer.
1-Misspanderosajones-Gets post relief, was good in last off a sick scratch, won against better and looks like a player.
2-C Far-Makes 4th start on Lasix and from this post she is in the mix for a photo on the drop.
Race 6) 2,5,6,8
Race 7) 1,2,5
Race 8) 2,3,4,6
Race 9) 1,2
Total Ticket Cost) $48 for $0.50
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