by Al Cimaglia
August 16, 2020
Hawthorne Racecourse has a big 16-race card set to go with the 0.50 Late Pick 4 starting in Race 13. The sequence has a $25,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout, and it will be my focus.
The driver with the hottest hands on Saturday was Kyle Wilfong with 6 wins. No trainer on the 16-race card took more than one picture.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Fox Valley Sierra (5/2)-Claimed in last from Terry Leonard and usually that's not a favorable angle for me. But versus this field, from this post, it's best to use.
4-Mocking Robin (4-1)-Wilfong chose the #2 instead, but Bates steers, drops from $8k claimers and is 2nd time Lasix so will respect chances. Has won 11 of 42 starts in Stickney.
6-Ok Jewel (3-1)-Another from the Herrera barn (2-6), drops and makes 3rd start for new barn. Back in at the same level of recent claim and Warren should put in play.
1-He's Masterful (3-1)-Leonard is back tonight and that should help. Could get sucked around and use one brush down the lane to take a picture. This field is full of underperformers.
2-Gamblinforalivin (8/5)-Rolled home with a 56.3 back half to break maiden in the slop. Morning line chalk looks to be a player and it would be no surprise if wins right back.
4-Ringo Hotspur (10-1)-Had a breaking issue after the restart. Requalified and has had 2 flat lines but has raced from the back. Closed well in last and could be ready for a more aggressive steer at a price with Bates in the bike.
1-Jazzie Babe (5/2)-Drops and was Franco's choice over the 6/7. Willis trainee should be in the mix if minds manners. Does like Haw, winning 5 of 15 starts.
4-Delightfully Wild (9-1)-This is a spot to shine, has done good work at this level. Could be a player at a nice price but will need the right trip.
5-Dee Rocks (4-1)-Was used hard into a .55 half and wasn't able to close in the stretch. Gets some post relief and that should make for a smoother journey. 5-year old has won 4 of 12 at Haw.
1-Misscanfly (7/2)-This race appears to be one with a low-priced winner. If this Roberts trainee minds her manners she should be in the hunt at the wire. Stewart could work a ground saving trip from here.
3-Big Man Forever (5/2)-Has hit the board in 2 of 3 starts and has taken a picture after a dominant win on 8/9 with the trainer aboard. Leonard gets the assignment tonight and could be sitting on a big try.
Race 13) 2,4,6
Race 14) 1,2,4
Race 15) 1,4,5
Race 16) 1,3
Total Ticket Cost) $27 for $0.50
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