by Al Cimaglia
June 25, 2017
Hawthorne will close-out the weekend with a .50 Late Pick 4 that will have a $20,000 guaranteed pool. The feature will come in Race 2, when a field of seven trotters will compete for a share of a $15,000 purse.
On Saturday night, my posted Pick 4 ticket came apart in the first leg and went three out of four. The Late .50 Pick 4 (4/2/7/2) paid $190.65. Driver Mike Oosting had the hottest hands as he brought home three winners. On the 12-race card, no trainer had more than one win.
Tonight, my attention will be on the Late Pick 4 and the sequence begins in race 7. Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Nevada Bluechip-Caught far back early and couldn't close into a slow pace. Leonard should have better position tonight.
4-Rockinaroundheaven-Had a sharp win on 5/27 and then has had excuses in last 2, with best effort could pull off an upset.
5-Ashlees Cocktail-3-year-old faces older but with the right trip can take a photo. Will respect chances from this post.
10-Northern BB-5/2 ML chalk won last from the inside. Oosting steers tonight, post will be a challenge but can beat this field.
4-Next Issue-Winner of 3 straight faces similar. Short price (7/5), Leonard steers for very hot trainer, looks like all systems go.
5-Dumas Gram-Probably the best chance to upset the favorite but will need a top effort and some breaks.
3-Wildcat Hilton-Drop into a comfortable spot and gets a favorable post. Sheehan can work a trip and stay in the hunt.
5-Shotski-5/2 ML favorite likes to race close to the lead and it shouldn't be draining to get an upfront seat.
6-Betorluckythangood-Usually closes well and Oosting may get a trip behind #5 and roll by down the lane.
2-Delightfully Wild-Lackey can put this grinder into good striking position to use one big move to win at a square price.
7-Pretty Image-3-year-old has been off for 3 weeks but is installed as the 9/5 ML favorite. If ready will be tough to beat.
9-Mimosa Party-2nd chalk has been racing well. It won't be easy from post #9, but Oosting can provide a smooth journey.
.50 Late Pick 4
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