Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $20,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on October 23, part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 7-10, Wednesday, October 23, 2013
$1 play: 1,2,9/1,10/6,7/3,7= $24
Race 7: (1) Bursting Blaze and (2) Larry's Place are the sharpest in here and finished one/two against each other last time. Either can take it. I'll include (9) Zall Good on the ticket for a price after a tough overland trip from 10-hole chasing a fast final three quarters. Capable of upsetting but will need a better trip and best effort.
Race 8: (1) Itz Alive can't get too excited about this one who is 0 for 23 on the year and just 2 for his last 60. Sat in off a slow pace last time then was locked in most of the stretch while appearing to have some trot, cleared very late and finished with 27.4 final quarter, his fourth sub-28-second final panel in his last 5 starts. Drops, gets the rail and looks worth a shot. (10) Hitithard was victimized by those same slow fractions as top one in latest and lacked a late rally, two back made up a ton of ground recovering from early break and finished fast and three back uncorked a strong final half rally to get up for place trotting a 56.4 final half. Drops and could be a major player if he doesn't drop too far back early.
Race 9: (6) Skyway Titan was shuffled to last nearing three quarters at Maywood, slipped out into a blindswitch with nowhere to go turning for home, found clearance late and rocketed home to miss by less than a length. Has missed close to a month but ships to Balmoral in race that will likely set up for a closer and looks worth a shot at square price. (7) Sober As A Judge was used hard early from 8-hole and weakened down the long Balmoral stretch. Lightly raced 5-year-old is 9 for his last 19 and may be able to leave for a trip here.
Race 10: (3) Boiler Heidi Ho rarely runs a bad race at this level and (7) Kennans Nancy Lee who rallied boldly from far back to nip the top one on the wire last time are the picks to wrap up what hopefully will be a live Pick-4 ticket tonight.