Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $10,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on May 28, part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Checking up on “Catskill” Steve: I had 2 out of 4 winners on both Wednesday and Saturday nights and 3 out of 4 on Sunday; the only loss at the hands of 55-1 shot. New week begins tonight.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 6-9, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
$1 play: 358/345/17/4 = $18
Race 6: (8) Kennans Nancy Lee fast finishing mare has been freshened and may be ready to blow by weak field in first try for new barn. (5) Camille Rose is winless over past two seasons but looked good last time leaving well for position and finishing with pace in sparkling 1:53 mile. Wheels back off two days rest and meets a field lacking much early speed. (3) Fancy Free was far back off a slow early pace, rallied with :56 final half but never got close shipping in from Hoosier and returning to barn that knows her best. Mare raced decently against faster at Maywood earlier in the year but interestingly stays at Balmoral where she took a mark of 1:54 last year.
Race 7: (3) Fox Valley Veto sat the pocket off slow fractions in sophomore debut, pulled to reel in long shot leader only to make unfortunate break mid stretch while appearing to have a full head of steam, recovered and trotted evenly to the wire through :28.2 final panel. Raced well on The Illinois Stakes circuit last year and should be tighter this week. (4) Tour Hall consistent youngster has plenty of early speed, gets Dave back and can take them a long way. (5) Vin colt has shown much improvement as a three-year-old taking two straight in powerful come from behind fashion before breaking early at 3-5 last time. Has shown ability and can make amends.
Race 8: (1/1A) Fox Valley Ivan/Look Ma No Hands are both racing in sharp form and form a solid entry. (7) Justlivinthedream is hard to gauge in current form but drops in for a tag in Balmoral return and was chasing far tougher in fast miles when last seen. Switches to Delong and may be live at a price.
Race 9: (4) Prairie Thunder left well for the top from 7-hole, yielded and was shuffled out behind tired foe, cleared and finished well in 4-year-old debut. Should be set for a big mile as trainer hands the lines over to meet's leading driver and looks safe as a single to wrap up the Pick-4.