Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $20,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on Sept. 7, part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 10-13, Saturday, September 7, 2013
$1 play: 4,6,8/1,3/3,8/2,7,10 = $36
Race 10: Eliminations for the biggest night in Chicago Standardbred racing, Super Saturday next week Sept. 14. Three of tonight's four legs in The Pick-4 are eliminations and hopefully will be more predictable than usual. In this leg (4) Mystical Danica, (6) Dallas Jones and (8) Feel Like Dancing have taken turns beating each other at Du Quoin, Springfield and Balmoral and seem to have the most ability of these. Although Mystical Danica seems to be peaking at the right time, any of the three can take it and all should be used.
Race 11: (1) My Little Bit has taken stakes events at Du Quoin and Springfield in last two finishing with powerful final halves after getting away with modest early fractions in both. (3) Thesleazyprincess chased the top one home in those last two miles and has yet to be off the board in seven career starts. Beat the 1 back in July and is certainly capable of doing it again especially in an elimination to the final.
Race 12: (3) Molly Go Lightly had solid pace rallying from difficult spot in first start in a month in likely prep for this. Gets a better spot and Oosting sticks for strong barn. (8) Fox Valley Flora has made wide moves chasing better fields (entrants in 11th race) and held reasonably well. Big chance here.
Race 13: (7) Come N Bet It had a tough third over trip off a pedestrian-like half, finished with a 54 flat final half to tie for fifth, two back paced a 54 flat middle half chasing a sparking 1:51.3 mile and three back roared home with 54.3 final half to get up from 10-hole despite being impeded past the start. Sharp 7-year-old figures to be well placed in the flow and should be charging late with a quicker early pace expected. (2) Elkhorn Damien consistent 10-year-old is very tough at this level when on his game and should be tough near the front here. (10) Casino Captor was uncovered and tired against tougher in 1:49.4 mile in first start off claim. Two back took a lifetime mark wiring his field which included top two in that 1:51.3 mile. Draws post 10 which looks like only knock.