Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $25,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on May 4 part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 7-10, Sunday, May 4, 2014
$1 play: 123/49/68/57= $24
Race 7: I'll start tonight's Pick-4 with the Willis entry (1), Simmons entry (2) and throw in (3) Big City Jewel. The straight 1 Walking Tall broke maiden with a brush and crush score against some of these last time while the 1A Rip N Rock chased a repeat winner home from the pocket pacing :26-flat final panel to earn place. The 2A Fox Valley Ivan, made two moves and finished just behind Walking Tall last time while the 2 Overloaded was short in first start of the year after chasing Illinois breds in stakes events as a freshman. A major player here with tightener under his belt. (3) Big City Jewel has come back sharp as a three-year-old displaying a solid closing kick in two of his starts while breaking maiden with game uncovered score two back. Figures to be in good stalking position behind what could be a contested pace.
Race 8: (4) Ricky Bobbie circled excess cover and rallied wide pacing :27-flat final panel to nail place. (9) Allamerican Solo drops in for a tag after chasing far tougher through fast miles in recent. Draws 9-hole but is capable of overcoming it for Anderson who has been driving very well in recent weeks.
Race 9: (8) Here's Johnny consistent sort just missed in local return after putting in a stiff uncovered challenge through :58.3 final half. (6) Hitithard hasn't fired in either 2014 start but did finish with :27.4 final panel last time and may be ready to come around. Elliot trotter has back class and is capable of upsetting here.
Race 10: (5) Earthly Desire was facing tougher in Hoosier Claiming Series and put in a strong try in final, grinding uncovered a long way and missing by two lengths. Raced decently at Balmoral last year and looks as good as any in here while likely offering some value. (7) C J's Terror doesn't win often but has been racing okay in recent missing by less than four lengths in last three starts and could make presence felt especially with quick early pace.