by Al Cimaglia
June 12, 2020
Hawthorne Racecourse has 12-races on tap for this evening. The first two dashes have nine horses scheduled to go and the rest of the card has full fields of ten. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 9 and will be my focus. The sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Winonefordoug (25-1)-This veteran was having a good start to 2020 and CalX invader fits with this kind. The Bertrand barn has won 3 of 11 starts. Warren should get a close-up seat and be in the mix late.
3-Impressive Art (6-1)-Comes off a decent qualifier and should like the company. Can be a square price and does well in Stickney.
5-Major Legacy (7/5)-Here is the 7/5 program chalk that is worth using but will shoot against. Barn was ice cold before the break and is 0-2 since racing has resumed. Usually is over classified but this is the right level, so might wake-up.
7-Impressive Cowboy (5-1)-Bates took the long way around in needed start and did race the 2nd half in 56.1 with a 27.1 last panel. Does fit better with this crew and has won 3 of 11 starts at Haw.
2-Lucky Crusader (2-1)-11-year-old is a threat and can roll late but needs the right trip. Will look to others at 2-1 in the morning line and should be bet. Usually breaks slowly and if pace is dull may not close fast enough to win.
3-Gabe Henry (20-1)-Willis barn did win 3 of 7 races last weekend and Gabe has taken 9 pictures in 54 Haw starts.
Hasn't won much the past two seasons but will respect connections.
5-Fox Valley Hoss (12-1)-Even effort in last but went the 2nd half in 56.4 for a barn that has been doing well and should like the company.
8-Almost Cut My Hair (12-1)-In from CalX for west coast connections and usually faces better. Six-year-old has a win in two Haw starts. Lackey could put in play, so best to respect because there isn't much gate speed inside.
2-Pacific Stride (7/2)-Fits with this bunch but can't fully commit. Only 3 for last 42 and has just 2 wins in 30 Haw starts. This is not a strong group so could trip out but doesn't like to pass horses down the lane.
4-B R Flying Dali (6-1)-In from PPk for the Petrelli barn and Leonard steers. Haw record is a reason to use, has won 4 of 5 here and finished 2nd in the other start.
6-Sheriff Coffey (9/2)-Raced from the back in needed start but did roll the 2nd half in 56.1. Faces an easier group so Warren will likely get going sooner. Has the speed to win if dialed on high and chances go up if pace is quick.
7-Ole Swamp Master (12-1)-6/2 Spr qualifier was fine but was scratched the following week. Trigg barn usually has them ready and will use at a price. Looks like a player if minds manners.
5-Rock Steady Ron (2-1)-Patton barn has sent them out ready and Ron qualified here in 154.3. That start was from the 9-hole, got on the engine and did all the work on his own. Plus finished the mile with a 27.3 kicker.
Race 9) 1,3,5,7
Race 10) 2,3,5,8
Race 11) 2,4,6,7
Race 12) 5
Total Ticket Cost) $32 for $0.50
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