Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $25,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on August 18 part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 7-10, Sunday, August 18, 2013
$1 play: 3,7,9/7,9/1,7,9/3,4,10 = $54
Race 7: (3) China Gal comes off a rare dull effort against tougher. Classy sort takes a key drop, finds a nice spot and should go well. (7) Kate The Great returns from Hoosier off no shot chance from 8-hole last time after finishing in :26.1 here two back and taking a lifetime mark against slightly weaker three back. Chance at a price here. (9) Our Miss Lily much improved 3-year-old faces a tough task taking on older gals from 9-hole but comes off two solid scores and is “Double O's” choice over the 6 in here.
Race 8: (7) Fox Valley Arrow had even trot in fast mile at Springfield in latest. Was chasing far tougher here prior and will be hard to beat at this greatly reduced level. (9) Classic Blaze draws similar spot to last week when she trotted a long way uncovered and gamely held place behind runaway winner. Has a shot but will need racing luck and a better trip.
Race 9: (1) Blueridgevalentino returns to best level and a level he scored a 6 ½ length romp from similar spot to tonight's three back. returns from Ohio where he's had problems with his manners in two of his last three starts. (9) Larry's Place had a powerful inside rally from far back closing off a slow pace and finishing with :55.2 final half. (7) Wolfies Sportster seems over his breaking habits and is the sharpest in here taking two straight at this level, including a lifetime best two back, with powerful stretch rallies.
Race 10: I'll try (4) Gimmeazzzmooch who had pace finishing after being shuffled back against better field last time and (3) Kiss On The Lips who has raced consistently well at this level in recent tries and has good early speed which should help her. I had better include (10) Fox Valley Absolut, as well, who has been a major disappointment to me in recent weeks and draws 10-hole, but in a field, with the exception of the 3, lacking early speed this one may blast to the top and has the back class to handle these.