Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $10,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on April 30, part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 6-9, Wednesday, April 30, 2014
$1 play: 345/35/357/6 = $18
Race 6: (4) Anightwithwilma finished well rallying wide from impossible fourth over spot, looks set in third seasonal start. (3) Cams Sahbra has had tough trips at Maywood in recent. Returns to the mile track where she races best and put in two solid miles earlier this month. (5) Fox Valley Ruby doesn't win often but figures to be forwardly placed and is another who hasn't been racing badly in recent.
Race 7: (3) Hot Rod Riley Mae finished evenly from tough spot last time after showing good trot rallying into stretch headwinds two back, edge from better spot. (5) Powerful Commander has gone 2 for 4 to start four-year-old campaign making breaks in those two losses. Banged heads against top Illinois sophomores last year and could well be better than these with clean trip.
Race 8: (3) Look Ma No Hands left hard from 7-hole but was parked past quarter, secured pocket and bottomed out chasing a 1:25.3 three quarters, moves inside and should have easier trip. (5) Jo Jo Spur stout closer has lacked a rally chasing fast miles in recent. Always dangerous with the right trip at this level. (7) Nancys Skyscape had strong pace finishing in first start for barn that can improve them.
Race 9: (6) Seconds Later showed a new dimension in fourth career start last time, leaving and getting parked past the quarter in the slop, chasing from the pocket and holding her ground late down the lane. Filly finished with sub 57-second final halves in first three career starts and may be set to move forward in finale on or from off the pace. I'll single her to keep costs down.