Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $20,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on Oct. 19, part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 10-13, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
$1 play: 2358/234/68/49 = $48
Race 10: Wide open first leg. (2) Some Heart Throb drops to winning level and looks like the main speed from iside. (8) Dabestleaderever had steady rally from nine hole finishing in :26.2. Doesn't draw that much better but may be coming up to big mile. (5) Madoff probably needed last after missing close to a month, paced a 1:22.3 final three-quarters, making up 10 lengths to finish fourth. The 5-year-old has enjoyed a big season and was facing Invitational company here back in the summer; a possibility. (3) Richess Emperor isn't exactly a win machine but finishes fast and is always dangerous at a level like this if anywhere close to the leaders turning for home.
Race 11: (2) Kate The Great couldn't handle the slop last time and was shuffled two back, both against better. Takes a key drop and finds a good stalking spot. (3) Dp Angel gets better and better each week but couldn't handle this level two back in the slop. Oosting sticks however which is good enough for me. (4) Holiday Shopper made a wicked :26.3 second quarter brush to the top, bottomed out past a 1:23.4 three-quarters. Mare has plenty of ability and took the fastest seasonal mark of any in here in her first Balmoral start three back.
Race 12: (8) Dune In Red is just 1 for 12 on the year but has been banging heads against stakes fillies most of the year. Moves into 26 percent barn and can handle her older rivals as she did two back at Maywood against this level. (6) Sleazy Does It was first up against stubborn front runner, pushed a :28.2 third quarter and held well. Steps up but gets Oosting and has beaten this type many times in the past.
Race 13: (9) Best Man Hanover takes key drop and may be too much for these. (4) Stamped By Design had a tough uncovered trip in fast mile last time, following a series of tough posts prior. Picks up hot pilot and should offer some value here.