by Al Cimaglia
September 22, 2019
Hawthorne Racecourse wraps up harness action in 2019 with a 10-race card. There are three consolation events scheduled and the 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 7. The sequence has a $30,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus.
On the Night of Champions Kyle Husted and Casey Leonard led the drivers with three trips to the winner's circle. The top conditioners on Saturday were Terry Leonard and Nelson Willis who each took two pictures.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Scramble Camp-Starts inside main foes, back from Aces to go on the final night of meet and fits at 7-1 in the ML.
5-Muscular Babe-Comes off a HoP victory and likes this track, an 8-time winner in '19 is a threat.
6-Bo I See Time-Another from Wilfong barn and is 2nd time Lasix, will respect off a win but this won't be as easy.
7-Walter White-5/2 ML chalk is in good form, best to respect winner of >$470,000 but is lightly race these days.
6-Letsgoforitall-Comes off a beak and doesn't like to win but still looks to be the best back-up if #7 falters.
7-Michonne-6/5 ML chalk looks like a winner if minds manners, a major player with a top effort.
1-Holden Steady-2nd start on Lasix, this is the spot to get sucked around and rally the last 1/8 at 25-1 in ML.
3-The Blaker-Camera shy and looking for 1st win on Lasix. Drops to a good level and will use versus this crew.
5-Ricky The Flash-Just missed off a 56.1 back half, steps-up but still fits and could be sitting on a big try.
6-Freddy B Quick-Steps-up after a win, but shouldn't be afraid of this crew, will string along at a square price.
1-Sand And Rocks-Winless at meet and so is this barn, can get sucked around and be a factor versus a soft bunch.
4-Finleys Filly-It's hard to be confident in this 5/2 ML chalk who lacks a fight at times, using but considering others.
5-Roberts New Life-Will need a trip but has been in the hunt and rolling late when getting one.
Race 7) 2,5,6,7
Race 8) 6,7
Race 9) 1,3,5,6
Race 10) 1,4,5
Total Ticket Cost) $48 for $0.50
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