by Al Cimaglia
June 26, 2020
Tonight, Hawthorne Racecourse has a 15-race card ready to go with the 0.50 Late Pick 4 starting in Race 12. That sequence has a 15% takeout with a $10,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Lucky Crusader (7/2)-Comes off a victory, draws well again and barn might have a good night. Husted can work an up-close trip and roll by down the lane again.
5-Pacific Stride (10-1)-Looking for a more aggressive steer out of the gate. Will swing for a price with Ridge Warren in the bike tonight.
6-Almost Cut My Hair (6-1)-Stayed racing near the top to get a sharp win and could get the same type of trip here. 6-year-old can stay good and has won 2 of 4 in Stickney.
9-Trashytonguetalker (5/2)-Comes off a very strong effort to win 2nd straight. Post makes this more difficult but off the last try, it's best to not leave out.
1-Are You Terry (4-1)-Husted on another Alex Adam trainee who raced well last week but was far back early. Gets post relief here and could make the most of starting on the rail rather than post-8.
3-Party Belle (6-1)-Seekman has some options from this post and has improved in last 2 starts. Could be picture time at a square price if upswing continues.
5-Thought Provoking (4-1)-Leonard takes the lines and that is a ++ driver change in 3rd race off the restart. Could be sitting a on big try and should like the company.
2-Evening Play (5-1)-5-year-old is only 1-13 in the last 2 years and driver doesn't take many picture either. But this is the time to get sucked around and use one big move late to surprise.
3-Bettor's Outlaw (7/2)-Gets post relief and Wilfong sticks. Has not been used hard off the gate in last 2 starts and there could be a new game plan this time to get into striking range at the top of lane.
2-Bettor's Promise (5/2)-Leonard's choice drops to a spot to shine. 9-year-old should be ready to roll.
7-Sir Mammo (9/2)-This is another dropper in 2nd start off the bench. This was Warren's choice and the Roberts' barn may be ready to wake-up.
Race 12) 1,5,6,9
Race 13) 1,3,5
Race 14) 2,3
Race 15) 2,7
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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