Hawthorne Racecourse (3/2/11)
Contact: Jim Miller
Pick 6 and High 5 carryovers at Hawthorne
Back at it for a Wednesday afternoon of Thoroughbred action. We have a fast main track for the eight-race card and another nice weather day outside. While yesterday held speed a bit better due to the headwind in the stretch, expect things to even out today as the winds have died down and the temperatures have cooled just a bit.
Looking back at Tuesday, jockey Julio Felix had a riding double on the card and trainer Jimmy DiVito trained a pair of winners. The two pick four 4s drew huge pools and each produced a nice payout. I was able to peg the early Pick 4 on the website to the tune of $440, but the late Pick 4 was only hit on two tickets, paying over $24,000 to each! Today the focus shifts to the Pick 6 and the High 5. Beginning in race 3, the Pick 6 has a carryover of $1,941 and in the finale, the High 5 carryover is $8,909. Both are worth taking a shot at today.
Although we are only seven days into the meet, it is worth taking a look at who is off to a hot start for jocks and trainers. The hot hands are usually best to follow and the barns that have come in ready are paying off big time. For jockeys, Tanner Riggs looks to defend his 2010 spring title as he has jumped to an early lead in the standings with ninw victories thus far. There is a tie for second between Tim Thornton and Jozbin Santana with seven apiece while Eddie Perez, Angel Stanley, and bugboy Constantino Roman are all tied with five winners. Trainer Joel Berndt has picked up right where he left off in the fall with seven wins already on the meet. Trainer Manny Perez has had a great start, winning five races already.
Main Track – Fast
Scratch #1a – Giverny Girl
Scratch #1 – Protection Game
Scratch #7 – C Saga Ryder
Survivor Update and Play of the Day
Total Survivor Entrants: 1,780
Eliminated Tuesday: 33
Total Remaining: 165
Inez and I both barely held on yesterday as No Passage lumbered up late in the second race to finish third. For me, it was a scare with Lalo’s Baby Bear in the seventh. While he was running late, he had to hold off the late charge by Spy Hunter to finish third. I am very worried about my Survivor selection today because I didn’t find any standouts on this card. I ended up in the seventh race with #2 – Lady Brewski. With a race under her belt and a much improved post draw, she should be able to find perfect position early behind the likely pace of Dakota Song. There is not much other speed in here so traffic should be no issue and she has been relatively consistent in her two career races. While he hasn’t won a ton of races as of yet, jockey Florent Geroux is riding well and has been getting a lot of run out of his horses.
Jim’s Survivor Selection: Race 7 - #2 – Lady Brewski
Inez’ Survivor Selection: Race 3 - #1 - Hydroplane
Hawthorne Race Course is in its 102nd year of racing under Carey family ownership. Hawthorne races Friday and Saturday in February, beginning February 11. In March and April, live racing will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through the end of April. First post daily is 1:30 pm. For more information on racing at Hawthorne, visit our website at www.Hawthorneracecourse.com.