Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $25,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on September 8 part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 7-10, Sunday, September 8, 2013
$1 play: 4,6,8/6,7,10/1,7,9/9 = $27
Race 7: (4) Old Man River held well after pushing a :27.3 third quarter uncovered, two back finished in :26.3 trying to close off slow pace. Likely to be closer to the front here. (6) LB's Americanjoy vastly improved sophomore rebuffed top one's challenge last time to score in a lifetime best 1:51.2 mile making his 12th career start. Don't know if he can duplicate that mile but certainly must be included on the ticket. (8) St David Hanover was used hard in quick pace, gave way grudgingly late. Draws tough spot but is better than this level when on his game and woudn't be a surprise.
Race 8: (7) Justice And Fifth trotted a :56.3 middle half making three wide move, finished evenly. Two back made up a ton of ground in the lane to nail show money. 3-year-old is just 2 for 12 lifetime but may be headed in the right direction off those recent efforts. finished with strong pace rallying for show against faster. (6) Taxman broke last time past the half after leaving for position from 9-hole. Two back scored a game uncovered win at this level. Figures to be a key player with clean trip. (10) JM Showcat was parked past the half from 7-hole, chased a fast third panel and did well to hold place behind much the best winner. Sharp 3-year-old should be tough if Oosting gets an early seat.
Race 9: Very tough race with four horses dropping down which is where I'll lean. (1) Heath has finished no worse than :27 flat in his last five tries against tougher, gets the rail and is likely to perk up at this level. (7) Dabestleaderever has been chasing faster in wicked miles recently, the latest a 1:49.4 mile. Should appreciate class relief and will likely be charging late. I'll throw in (9) Extravagant Art who was a giant two-move winner from similar spot last time taking a new lifetime mark in the process.
Race 10: (9) Joey Lee Macdavid has had nothing but outside posts in recent and tonight draws post 9. This one didn't lose ground against tougher last time despite pacing a :53.4 final half while racing wide. Two back finished with a decent rally from 8-hole in mile that went in 1:51.3. Deceptively sharp 4-year-old figures to go well at this level and can charge by late.