Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $25,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on Oct. 13 part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 7-10, Sunday, October 13, 2013
$1 play: 2,3,7,8/1,2,4,10/6,7/9 = $32
Race 7: The (2) Beach's Nick and (3) Metro Lad are both sharper than the rest of these but we'll throw in (7) Rockilles Heel who couldn't handle the slop last time after pacing a 56.1 final half making up 15-½ lengths in Balmoral debut two back. Finds a similar spot to that mile and could be ready to upset in third local try and I'll use (8) Upbyfive who has been chasing fast miles against tougher in recent and took a mark of 1:54 here earlier in the year.
Race 8: (1) Tiza Mojo is in career best form and has taken two straight at this level since shipping in from Ohio. (2) Tobins Fortune gets first decent post in a while and this one raced in Invitational company back in September; dangerous foe. (4) Elkhorn Damien sharp 10-year-old rarely runs a poor race and is a threat on or from off the pace from this spot. (10)Western Deal was facing far tougher at Hoosier, has a shot despite post 10 but will have to be moving early.
Race 9: I'll try (7) Bands Zephyr who tied last time with a powerful late rally after a decent try in Su Mac Lad Consolation two back. Youngster hopefully is heading in the right direction and doesn't meet much. (6) Class Star returns from The East Coast in dull form but did win here earlier in the year in 1:59 and should fit well with these.
Race 10: (9) Boiler Heidi Ho has won 25-times over past two seasons and usually tough to beat at this level. Gets Oosting back in the bike and 9-hole is likely the only thing that can stop her.