by Al Cimaglia
August 1, 2021
Hawthorne Racecourse has a 10-race card ready to roll. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 7. That sequence will have a $25,000 guaranteed pool, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Round Here Buzz (2-1)-Team Leonard 3-year-old has been getting better and now drops to a more comfortable spot. Should get a nice trip from this spot but will be a short price.
7-Everychanceitake (7/2)-Likes to get on the engine and should be able to get there without emptying the tank. If Husted could steal a quarter or 2 it could be time for an overdue picture.
1-Sunny And Eighty (5/2)-Interesting race with 2 and 3-year-olds and Leonard gets the assignment because Wilfong drives for his family. Hasn't raced since 7-2 and won last with a 56.3 back half. Gets the post edge on the older foes and should be a player if tight enough.
4-Born Desire (6-1)-Tuned up with a couple of Fair races and has shown some speed here in previous starts. Can pass foes down the lane and might surprise if in striking range. Could be overlooked at the windows and offer a solid price.
10-Aza Diamonds (9/5)-This 3-year-old has speed but this post draw won't help the cause. If Wilfong can work a smooth trip it could be the 1st picture in 14 starts. Tough to leave out but won't offer much value.
3-Almostalawyer (5-1)-Husted drives for the 2nd straight time and he had this mare rolling in the 2nd half but a sluggish start hurt. Camera shy 5-year-old just might break her maiden tonight with a sharp steer.
4-Yungfrau (6-1)-Three-year-old filly has a breaking issue but Leonard sticks and he also steered in both qualifiers. There isn't much form in this field and will take a swing for a nice price.
5-Esther's Delight (3-1)-Esther is the morning line chalk but she is 0-8 and also has breaking issues. Could have the most speed in the field and is tough to leave out but might be overbet.
8-Thisbabesaterror (12-1)-Warren had this filly rolling with a .56 back half and could make some noise if close to the lead at the top of the stretch.
6-Sweet But Psycho (2-1)-Winner of 4 straight squeezes into this class again and draws better than the last 3 starts. Will lose at some point but looks like a main player once again.
7-Always B Mimi (7/2)-Went off as the 9/5 chalk versus this kind last week and raced evenly to finish 3rd. Should be a better price tonight and there isn't 3 weeks between starts this time.
Race 7) 5,7
Race 8) 1,4,10
Race 9) 3,4,5,8
Race 10) 6,7
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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