Catskill Steve offers his picks for the $10,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on July 9, part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Checking up on “Catskill” Steve: Not close to start the week off last Wednesday with just one short priced winner. Saturday I had two winning favorites score but was not close in other two legs. On Sunday, I finally ran out of excuses and hit paydirt tabbing the $685.70 Pick-4. Since May, I have tried 32 nights of Pick-4 action at an investment of $723.00. The Sunday hit keeps us in the red for $37.30 but it was nice to break through and hopefully will start a better run.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 6-9, Wednesday, July 9, 2014
$1 play: 568/15/56/23 = $24
Race 6: (6) Liqueur had a tough third over trip off slow pace, paced a sharp final quarter with no shot. Makes second start off claim and figures to get better trip from this spot. (5) Kitty O Brien fast finishing mare failed to fire in same race as top one but is always dangerous when on her game. (8) Moon Bay Dancer has been racing in sharp form as of late and was given the perfect drive last time, leaving then sitting the pocket and rolling by late. Can get the top quickly against these and is a threat to repeat.
Race 7: (1) Fox Valley Cicero has raced well when not in stakes company in recent and comes off a maiden win showing a strong :28.2 final kick to nail stubborn front runner. (5) B Man left from 9-hole and wound up parked before making a break at the quarter, recovered and continued to race overland trotting a :58.1 final half in good effort. Prior were two solid placings at this level. Figures to be a handful in Kyle can keep him trotting.
Race 8: (6) Western Boudoir moves into new barn off two game tries, the latest at this level. (5) One Loud Ding finished alertly from impossible spot last time after weakening in the pocket of fast mile two back. Fits with these and looks to have a shot at a price.
Race 9: (3) Camwiser claimed while in sharp form and now gets major post relief following posts 8,7,8 and 9 in last four starts. (2) Richard Traci was parked to half and tired at Maywood last time. Two back had 9-hole and unleashed a sharp :55.1 middle half brush but was unable to clear leader, held well and three back saw a good speed try finishing second at this level. The 7-year-old is 0 for 13 on the year but seems to be rounding into form and finds a good spot against inconsistent field.