Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $20,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on September 25, part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 7-10, Wednesday, September 25, 2013
$1 play: 3,4,5/3,4,5,6/3,9/3,6= $48
Race 7: Weak opening leg and we'll try for a price with (5) Fox Valley Dina who took a lifetime mark at Maywood three back then has had wide trips against faster in last two. Switches to the big track which will likely better suit her late kick. (4) One Loud Ding rallied wide around dead cover and chased a much the best winner home for place over sloppy surface. Has missed over three weeks but looks to have a good shot in this field. (3) Four Hour Nap has been parked early in last two and still managed to hold show in both. Switches to Oosting and finds a good spot.
Race 8: (6) Hitithard takes a key drop and is better than these if he can stay flat. (5) Whit was ready off the bench last week and cost us the Pick-4 with a ground saving win. (3) Ants Iner Pants mare has shown ability in the past and comes off strong speed tightening qualifier after chasing Midwest breds on The Illinois Fair Circuit. (4) Hong Kong Kwyne was shuffled back against tougher returning out of Du Quoin stakes last time. Retains Oosting and took a mark of 1:58.1 at Balmoral a year ago.
Race 9: (3) Fox Valley Isabella was overmatched on Super Night after qualifying with :55.2 final half in elimination two back. Returns to reality while still sharp and looks best. I'm not giving up on (9) Fancy Free who broke early from 10-hole in the slop and spent the rest of the mile trying to catch up, paced a 1:26 flat final three quarters but had too far to come.
Race 10: (6) Zall Good was claimed off a strong win in quick mile and may be ready to pay dividends for new connections. (3) Majestic Royale drops to best level and finds a good spot to use his early speed, threat to take them down the pike.