Frank Cotolo offers his picks for the $30,000 Pick-4 at Balmoral Park on Feb. 16, part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program.
Balmoral Park Pick-4, Races 10-13, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
That was a quick break and now we are back to confront the Balmoral weekend Pick-4s with our 2013 bankroll. We left with a $10 loss with only a minor single win among two seconds and a sixth, strong enough an attempt to keep us on target with our small tickets and win wagers. When we mention the figures in our “books,” be aware that we are always playing $2 combos and win bets. You may go with $1 combos.
$2 play 57/2/2/4 = $4
Race 10: (5) Don’t Worry B Happy was solid stepping into this class late last year while most of the others here seem to falter from the previous level. His last race was a distinct change in approach, moving as a good son of The Panderosa should, up front. (7) Fox Valley Yukon has two excuses in as many races, one at Maywood, and should be carving a way to the top throughout.
Race 11: (2) One Last Chance was all out early from post 10 and that is a good sign for this mile considering he could be the lone speed if he gets going and controls the pace. He is the outside contender that wreaks of overlay.
Race 12: (2) Celtic Manor has been in early duels that have resulted in cashing checks at this level and with the probable favorite on the outside, this gelding has a chance to do a fine job from gate-to-wire here.
Race 13: (4) Shax was 4-1 last week coming to this level and with cover he maintained a good mile. This week he is listed at 10-1 and we can only hope that is an accurate evaluation because he was worth a lot less from four positions less than his last effort. The morning line choice and the 10-horse second choice may be no threat to the best Shax can offer.
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