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June 30: Hawthorne Harness Picks

by Al Cimaglia

June 30, 2017

The Friday night feature at Hawthorne is an Open Pace carded as Race 8 with a $15,000 purse. The Late .50 Pick 4 sequence starts in Race 9 and will have a $15,000 guaranteed pool.

On Thursday night in Stickney, James Lackey led all drivers with three wins. Mike Brink finished on top of the trainer's list with two victories.

Last night at Mohawk my posted selections were good in the first three legs, including the $25 winner in Race 9. I did not use the post time favorite Dorabella (#6) in Race 10, who was 5-1 in the ML and was bet down to 6/5. The .20 Late Pick 4 (2/1/4/6) paid $87.61. The big winner of the night was the lucky person who snagged the Jackpot Hi-5 (6-5-8-7-3), which paid $43,174.75.

Comments and selections below for the Late Pick 4 are based on a fast track.

Race 9
4-Polaris N-2nd start for Husted after claim and rolled the back half in 56.1, could be sitting on a big try.
5-Luke's Rocketman-Krueger back in town and catches a live Willis trainee. Last was even after a sick scratch, expecting better.
7-Gorilla Monsoon-Got on the engine and didn't look back in last. When this guy gets good he can stay that way for a while.

Race 10
3-Mystical Walter-Not a bad try at this level in last. Not sure about the 3-1 ML but can't overlook in an open race.
4-Dinky Dunne-Was racing well before a sick scratch 2 back. Fits well at this level.
7-Yankee Bounty-Former class horse is seeking 1st win of the year. Needs to grind way to striking position and ramble by.

Race 11
2-Pancetta-Steps up after a sharp effort coming off a sick scratch. In a good spot to pick-up 4th win of the year.
3-Extravagant Art-Camera shy gelding did all the heavy lifting in last and fell a neck short. Looks like a major player.
6-Caffeine Kid-Had an even try at this level in last and will look for better now. Curtin's choice over 2 others.

Race 12
4-Elite Awards-ML favorite steps up after a sharp effort coming off a sick scratch. Short price but hard to overlook from this post.
5-Uncle Bud-Has a good chance with Leonard to take 1st picture of the year versus this group.
8-Lincoln-Drops into a more comfortable spot and has some gate speed to get a decent seat. Offers some value at 15-1 ML.
9-Brooklynite-Trip dependent 4-year old, so Oosting needs to work a trip. Consider chances even from this post versus a soft field.

.50 Late Pick 4
Total bet=$54

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