08/04/2016 3:08PM

Hawthorne Harness: Saturday 8/6 Analysis


Race 6 - $20,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet (13 - 23 / $65.40): CHLO’S RICHESS (4th)

Spot Play: VITAL TERROR (6th)

Race 1

(6) GABE HENRY freshman pacer will look to make it four of five.  The pacer is versatile and owns a big brush.  (7) SPORTY REDHOT nice looking 2-year-old got beat for the first time last week and will look to bounce back.  (8) FOX VALLEY INFERNO lightly raced pacer has a nice pedigree and room to improve.

Race 2

(3) FOX VALLEY ELIJAH is just now back in racing shape and should offer a better price than last start.  (5) MAKEOUTLIKEAPANDIT has been sharp for the new barn just missing last week against the same bunch.  (6) OLD MAN RIVER will look to make it three straight wins at this level.

Race 3

(9) SPIRITED ENCOUNTER owns a decent burst of speed against a weak and inconsistent field.  (1) ROYALE BIG GUY pacer comes off a winning qualifier for proven connections.  (7) IN YOUR EYE could be sitting on a better effort against softer.

Race 4

(1) CHLO'S RICHESS has been competitive against better on the year.  The pacer looks tough to beat with a trouble-free trip.  (10) IMPRESSIVE ART pacer is very talented and one of few threats in the race.  (5) J B'S HERO has just been racing evenly and is probably best used underneath.

Race 5

In a really inconsistent field, (8) DUNESIDE SPORT picks back up the top driver and owns a win at this level.  (7) STRONG PLAYIN KING gets sent out for a capable barn in a field full of question marks.  (5) MAJOR ED drops down a notch and is one of few threats in the race.

Race 6

In a very tough race to gauge, (9) VITAL TERROR should offer a big price and is capable with a good setup.   (8) LASTDUKESTANDING was a well rated winner at this level last week.  (2) FOUR STARZ LOUIE comes off a nice win but will likely need more to make it two straight.

Race 7

(2) THAT MAN OF MINE pacer was a game winner against similar two back.  The pacer looks to be in line for a nice trip up close.  (3) RED HOT ART is one of the faster pacers in the race if he minds his manners.  (5) DELIGHT FASHION takes a significant drop in class but has lacked pop late in recent starts; use caution.

Race 8

(8) CAPTAIN RHETT pacer picks up a big driver change and has flashed ability.  (1) LETS TALK SPORTS freshman pacer has room to improve with the best post.  (5) FOX VALLEY SCAMPI faces much weaker competition and has been competitive at this level.

Race 9

(7) UNCLE BUD was close against much better last start.  The pacer should find this field to his liking.  (10) ULYSSES BLUE CHIP could use a fast pace and a good setup from a tough post.  If the pacer gets one of those scenarios he's a threat at a price.  (4) AT MAX SPEED has not won a race in almost a year; use underneath.

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