Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $20,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on Oct. 12, part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 10-13, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
$1 play: 468/410/279/35 = $36
Race 10: (6) Fox Valley Touche has paced fast final halves in last two, rallying from tough spots; gets slightly better position to set up her late kick tonight and is capable of upset. (4) No Respect steps up in sharp form, retains Oosting who has won three in a row with her and should be able to go with these. (8) Cole Blue wired this type in lifetime best two back, then was used hard in hot pace before weakening last time. Switches to Smolin and may be looking at a pocket trip behind the former here.
Race 11: (10) Texican N makes first start on these shores off good qualifier which saw him get away with slow pace but finish powerfully under wraps with :56.2 final half. New Zealand bred is 13 for 33 lifetime and has amassed close to a quarter million, both huge numbers for Down Under types. Adds lasix and may be a monster despite drawing 10 hole. (4) In Over My Head has chased fast miles in last two, drops to winning level and looks like the one to beat if top one doesn't pan out.
Race 12: (2) Matt The Bruiser has drawn seven hole in last four starts, showing speed in last two. Moves inside and can work out a trip. (7) Hay Goodlookin had even pace in fast mile returning from Hoosier off a month on the bench. Takes a key drop and has some back class; tough foe. (9) Richess Emperor was shuffled to last from four hole, slipped out at three-quarters and finished full of pace. The 5-year-old has displayed a powerful late brush in the past and has hinted at a return to form in recent weeks; dangerous at a price with the right trip.
Race 13: (3) Dp Angel paced a :54 middle half and finished evenly against tougher field. Improving sophomore continues to show ability and now drops to the level of lifetime best two back. (5) Rev Me Up left for position from 10 hole and was parked past the quarter before wrangled back for a tuck, shuffled back to eighth past three-quarters before finding room late and finishing well. The 6-year-old has plenty of back class and is long overdue; major player here.