by Al Cimaglia
August 8, 2021
Hawthorne Racecourse has a Sunday night 13 race card ready to go with the first post coming at 6:30 CST. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 10. The sequence has a $25,000 guaranteed pool, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Dune Dame (2-1)-This mare showed more heart in the last win than she usually does. May get a boost of confidence off that game effort and will likely offer a short price. Leonard should have her in play from the start.
7-Model (5-1)-Even effort in last versus better and should enjoy the company. Looks like a player and is Seekman's choice over #5. Hasn't raced since 7/17 and will hope the rest helps.
8-Rosey Time (3-1)-This barn is 0-12 over the last 365 days and they claimed this 4-year-old mare for a cost of $8,700. Comes right back versus $6k claimers after a 2nd place finish leaving from post 7 and Bender will steer again.
2-Dixie Chick (7-1)-This filly is only 1-13 but drops to a better level for success and is Bender's choice over #1. This will be the 3rd race in a row at Haw and should be a player if avoids a tardy start. Using and looking for a price in this leg.
4-Skyway Rockatop (7-1)-Drops and figures to be in the mix if the pilot does his part. That isn't a lock to happen, but this group is beatable and should offer a sold price.
6-Taken Control (6-1)-Suffered a tough trip in last at this same class and faded down the lane. This filly has hit the board in 5 of 9 in Stickney with 2 wins and has a shot at a fair price. But Wilfong needs to provide a sharp steer and use one big move to take control.
8-Sunrise Sweetie (3-1)-Beat this kind last week in the 1st start for the Rittof barn and went off as the post time chalk. Husted steers his own #7 so Todd Warren will drive here. Won off a ground saving trip leaving from post 3. This won't be as easy, but the price should be better, and this isn't a field full of top form.
1-Pootie Cat (8/5)-This 4-year-old mare is very camera shy. Usually is there at the wire but is 2-28 in 2020-21 and only 2-27 at Haw. So, it's a guessing game but will use versus this field from the rail even at a short price. Did draw off by >3 lengths last week and maybe that same effort will happen tonight at the same class.
6-Always B Mimi (3-1)-Has hit the board in 8 of 11 at Haw with 2 wins. Not as camera shy as #1 but can't be counted on to finish off the mile. But deserves a spot on the ticket before others.
1-Round Here Buzz (5/2)-Team Leonard entry is a grinder and is trip dependent. Using in what appears to be another chalky leg. Has a chance to get sucked around and be close to the leader tuning for the wire.
6-Partyatmosaplace (2-1)-Winner of 2 straight should do well versus this field. Cashed checks versus Illinois bred stakes company. Should be a major player if dialed on high. This is another from the Leonard barn and they usually have them ready but has missed a start.
Race 10) 2,7,8
Race 11) 2,4,6,8
Race 12) 1,6
Race 13) 1,6
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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