Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $75,000 guaranteed Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on December 18, part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 7-10, Wednesday, December 18, 2013
$1 play: 489/38/49/3 = $12
Race 7: (8) Wings rallied sharply closing off a slow pace to miss by a length. Prior was a game uncovered score at this level taking a new lifetime mark in the process; draws tough slot but is racing at career peak right now and can roll by late. (4) Gentle Janet has finished fast in all three Balmoral starts and filly appears on the improve. (9) Justhaventmetmetuyet brushed to the top from similar spot and gamely held sway on arctic-like night. Has the most early speed of any in here and is capable of shaking loose.
Race 8: (8) Here's Johnny left well, yielded, chased strong dropdown winner in fast mile on 9-degree night. Prior were two sharp wins against lesser; choice to rebound. (3) Ants Iner Pants had good trot finishing in improved effort in same race as top one last time. Finds a nice spot in second try at reduced level and looks to be a key player.
Race 9: (9) Window Wiper has been recording fast final quarters in all recent tries. Comes off a good second behind Pardon who would likely crush this field and will likely be charging late. (4) Seeyouatthefinish sharp filly has put in some games efforts in recent and looks like the one to beat.
Race 10: (3) Jude Hall had tough trip trying to close off slow pace in last, finished with 56.3 final half to miss by two lengths. Two back left and tucked, sat in chasing quick pace, appeared full of pace late trying to rally up the pylons and would have likely won or placed if not for unfortunate late miscue. I'll use the improving sophomore as a single in third Balmoral start.