by Al Cimaglia
August 23, 2020
Hawthorne Racecourse has a 16-race card set for this evening. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 13. The sequence will have a $25,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
The driver with the hottest hands on Saturday was Casey Leonard with three wins. The top conditioner on the card was Mike Brink with 4 winners.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Premier Desirey (4-1)-This barn has been going well and can send them out ready to fire hot off the bench.
4-Brownielicious (9/2)-Tough race to figure, Leonard steers and will use. May have found a field to beat and break maiden.
6-Sherri's Babe (7/2)-Not sure how much is the horse and how much has to do with the driver but this filly never seems to do it the easy way. Seems to have enough speed but pilot needs to use it at the right time.
2-Lacarmeliliana (30-1)-Was racing well in 2 starts before a sick scratch on 8/15 and should be a large price. Fits if ready and could be forwardly placed from this spot.
4-Bad Medicine (4-1)-Ran off versus $6k claimers and now steps up and loses Wilfong to #10. Should fit with this group and Petrelli barn has been going well.
5-Unbroken Circle (4-1)-8-year-old mare has held her own versus 10k claimers having outside post draws. Has won 6 of 23 at Haw and should be in the hunt tonight.
10-Barley Nation (3-1)-Had an even effort at the Red Mile versus $12,500 claimers and now drops to level of previous 2nd place finish before shipping to Lexington. Post is an issue as may have to work hard to get on the engine and could be over bet.
4-Double A Cash Hall (6-1)-Won last by 5 lengths and steps up like most in this field. Looks like a threat for top honors if within striking range at the top of the lane.
5-Pine Dream (2-1)-Drops out of Opens where there were mixed results. Should like the company and has had success here winning in 8 of 23 starts, but will need a good steer.
4-Cassie Marie's T T (3-1)-Has finished 2nd in all 3 local starts and in last 2 has been the odds on favorite. First 2 tries were on an off track and last effort was a good one from the 8-hole. Looks like a player versus this crew.
6-Metaxas (10-1)-Will swing for a price and this filly has had an excuse in last 3 starts. Likes to come off of cover and Franco can make noise late if the trip is smooth.
8-Flirtnwithtrouble (5-1)-Warren's choice over #7 was off almost a month before racing on 8/16. Last line was better than it looked and did pace the last half in .55. This will be the 3rd start on Lasix and should be in the mix at a fair price.
Race 13) 1,4,6
Race 14) 2,4,5,10
Race 15) 4,5
Race 16) 4,6,8
Total Ticket Cost) = $36 for $0.50
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