The Walker Group

The Walker Group
Leading the way towards the winner's circle at...

Hawthorne on Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Race 1 3:10pm - Optional Claiming - 8.0 furlongs on the Turf. Purse: $21,400 Class Rating: 94

FOR FILLIES AND MARES THREE YEARS OLD AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE NEVER WON $9,800 TWICE OTHER THAN MAIDEN, CLAIMING, STARTER, OR STATE BRED ALLOWANCE OR WHICH HAVE NEVER WON FOUR RACES OR CLAIMING PRICE $25,000. THREE YEAR OLDS, 117 LBS.; OLDER, 124 LBS. NON-WINNERS OF A RACE AT A MILE OR OVER SINCE MARCH 26 ALLOWED 3 LBS. CLAIMING PRICE $25,000 (CLAIMING RACES FOR $18,000 OR LESS NOT


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# 1 CHARGED 8/5

# 4 ON MY TOES 8/1

# 3 SWEETBABY 5/2

I think about CHARGED here. Is worth careful consideration and may be a bet - strong Equibase Speed Figures (89 average) at today's distance and surface lately. Is a contender - given the 91 speed figure from her most recent race. The average class rating of 91 makes this horse hard to beat. ON MY TOES - Has run strongly when moving a turf route race. The average class figure alone makes this one a solid choice. SWEETBABY - Has solid speed figs and has to be considered for a wager in this race. Must be carefully examined - I like the numbers from the last contest.



Race 2 3:38pm - Claiming - 8.3 furlongs on the Dirt. Purse: $8,000 Class Rating: 87

FOR FOUR YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE NOT WON TWO RACES SINCE OCTOBER 26, 2017 OR WHICH HAVE NOT WON THREE RACES IN 2017 - 2018 OR WHICH HAVE NEVER WON FOUR RACES. WEIGHT, 124 LBS. NON-WINNERS OF A RACE AT A MILE OR OVER SINCE MARCH 26 ALLOWED 3 LBS. CLAIMING PRICE $5,000


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# 5 MENDOTA 7/5

# 2 CRISTIANSTORM 6/1

# 4 MY CURBY 9/2

MENDOTA looks very good to best this field. He has put up solid figs under today's conditions and will probably fare well versus this group. I like the rider on this gelding - very good chance to win the outing. Had one of the top speed figures of this group in his last contest. CRISTIANSTORM - Well above average win clip at this distance/surface. MY CURBY - The speed rating of 88 from his last contest looks decent in here. With a solid 82 average speed rating at the distance, seems well suited for today's race.



Race 3 4:06pm - Maiden Claiming - 8.0 furlongs on the Turf. Purse: $10,000 Class Rating: 70

FOR MAIDENS, THREE YEARS OLD AND UPWARD. THREE YEAR OLDS, 117 LBS.; OLDER, 124 LBS. CLAIMING PRICE $15,000. IN THE EVENT THAT THIS RACE IS TAKEN OFF THE TURF IT WILL BE CONTESTED AT ONE MILE AND SEVENTY YARDS ON THE MAIN TRACK.


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# 9 WARREN'S FANDANGO 4/5

# 4 HANNITY 6/1

# 8 GOLD STAR KID 7/2

WARREN'S FANDANGO is the best wager in this race. Is worth thinking about and may be a bet - strong Equibase Speed Figures (77 average) at today's distance and surface lately. Reason to like this gelding as he has in the saddle one of the best jocks using winning percentages over the last 30 days. Must be considered given the class of races run as of late. HANNITY - Should go to the lead and should never look back. With a decent 57 speed figure last time out, will definitely be a factor in this affair. GOLD STAR KID - Could best this group here, showing very good figs of late. Could beat this group given the 68 speed rating garnered in his last outing.



Race 4 4:34pm - Claiming - 6.0 furlongs on the Dirt. Purse: $14,000 Class Rating: 87

FOR ILLINOIS REGISTERED, CONCEIVED AND/OR FOALED. THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE NEVER WON THREE RACES. THREE YEAR OLDS, 118 LBS.; OLDER, 124 LBS. NON-WINNERS OF A RACE SINCE MARCH 26 ALLOWED 3 LBS. CLAIMING PRICE $10,000 (PURSE INCLUDES $5,000 FROM THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. PURSE


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# 4 SAVEMETHELASTDANCE 9/5

# 5 MIAS MOONBEAM 6/1

# 3 ADMIRAL SEAN 9/2

SAVEMETHELASTDANCE looks to be a competitive contender. Should keep the impressive string of finish positions intact this time out. Had one of the most competitive speed figs of this group of horses in this race in his last contest. Strong average Speed Figures in dirt sprint races make this horse a solid choice. MIAS MOONBEAM - Very solid gains have been scored by gamblers using this rider and conditioner duo as of late. This horse has some longshot angles going for him. ADMIRAL SEAN - Should be given consideration based on the strong speed figure posted in the last competition. Should best this field here, showing competitive figs of late.



Race 5 5:02pm - Maiden Special Weight - 8.0 furlongs on the Turf. Purse: $20,000 Class Rating: 82

FOR MAIDENS, THREE YEARS OLD AND UPWARD. THREE YEAR OLDS, 117 LBS.; OLDER, 124 LBS. IN THE EVENT THAT THIS RACE IS TAKEN OFF THE TURF IT WILL BE CONTESTED AT ONE MILE AND SEVENTY YARDS ON THE MAIN TRACK.


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# 11 MY MAN JAX 5/1

# 7 DR. BOMBAY 7/2

# 10 PEAR LEMONADE 8/1

I think MY MAN JAX is a formidable choice. His 80 average has this gelding with among the best Speed Figures in this race. Has the appearance of a money-making bet. Could best this group of animals based on the Equibase speed fig - 79 - of his last outing. DR. BOMBAY - He has been running admirably and the Equibase speed figs are among the most competitive in this group. When this rider and trainer team up, gamblers often make money. PEAR LEMONADE - Vashchenko and Hernandez have won 22 percent of their races giving this pony a very good chance. A nice ROI of +29 with this jockey and handler combo.



Race 6 5:30pm - Allowance - 6.0 furlongs on the Dirt. Purse: $28,200 Class Rating: 94

FOR ILLINOIS REGISTERED, CONCEIVED AND/OR FOALED. THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE NEVER WON $9,800 ONCE OR A STATE BRED RACE OTHER THAN MAIDEN, CLAIMING, OR STARTER OR WHICH HAVE NEVER WON TWO RACES. THREE YEAR OLDS, 118 LBS.; OLDER, 124 LBS. NON-WINNERS OF A RACE SINCE MARCH 26 ALLOWED 3 LBS. (PREFERENCE BY


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# 8 ITER 7/2

# 1 HARLANDAY 4/1

# 9 STRIKE QUIET 12/1

My selection in this event is ITER. Vaunts solid speed figures on average overall when compared with the rest of this group of horses in this race. With a decent 99 speed rating last time out, will surely be a factor in this contest. Seems to have a formidable class edge based on the latest company kept. HARLANDAY - With a strong 96 Equibase speed fig last time out, will surely be a factor in this outing. Williamson has this gelding racing well and is a solid choice based on the solid speed figures posted in sprint races as of late. STRIKE QUIET - He has put up very good numbers under today's conditions and will probably fare well against this group.



Race 7 5:58pm - Claiming - 5.0 furlongs on the Turf. Purse: $10,000 Class Rating: 80

FOR FILLIES AND MARES FOUR YEARS OLD AND UPWARD. WEIGHT, 124 LBS. NON-WINNERS OF A RACE SINCE MARCH 26 ALLOWED 3 LBS. CLAIMING PRICE $8,000 IN THE EVENT THAT THIS RACE IS TAKEN OFF THE TURF IT WILL BE CONTESTED AT FIVE FURLONGS ON THE MAIN TRACK.


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# 5 HEY HEY 8/1

# 9 SHE'S COAL FIRED 9/2

# 3 MEETMEFORASMOKE 6/1

HEY HEY is my selection and is a quite good value bet given the line at 8/1. Must be considered - I like the figures from the last race. SHE'S COAL FIRED - She has been travelling quite well recently while recording strong Equibase speed figs. Recorded a reliable Equibase Speed Figure in the latest race. Can run another good one in this contest. MEETMEFORASMOKE - Has strong speed figures and has to be considered for a wager in here. Looks respectable against this group of animals and will probably be one of the leaders.



Race 8 6:26pm - Claiming - 6.0 furlongs on the Dirt. Purse: $8,000 Class Rating: 71

FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE NEVER WON TWO RACES. THREE YEAR OLDS, 118 LBS.; OLDER, 124 LBS. NON-WINNERS OF A RACE SINCE MARCH 26 ALLOWED 3 LBS. CLAIMING PRICE $5,000


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# 7 AUTUMN LEAF FALL 7/2

# 4 PLEASANT STREET 4/1

# 9 KINZER 6/1

AUTUMN LEAF FALL is the best bet in this race. He has solid class ratings, averaging 75, and has to be considered in this competition. Hernandez has been on fire the last month, winning at a nifty 18 percent clip. PLEASANT STREET - He has been racing very well recently while recording strong speed figures. Garnered a very strong speed rating last time out. KINZER - Will more than likely be one of the leaders of the pack going into the midpoint of the contest. Has to be given a shot against this group of horses displaying very good numbers recently and an average speed figure of 58 under similar conditions.