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Al Cimaglia: Hoosier Park Late Pick 4 Analysis | Sunday, August 22

by Al Cimaglia

August 22, 2021

Hoosier Park has a 14-race card ready to roll with the headliners being 3-year-old colts and gelding pacers competing in Indiana Sires stakes action. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 11, and that sequence will be my focus.

Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.

Race 11

2-Rockin on Venus (5/2)-Comes back to home base and shouldn't blush at anyone in this field. Should be close to the lead or on top for the entire mile and with a smooth trip it could be 8th picture at HoP in 14 starts.
3-Virgo (3-1)-This is a speedy 3-year-old should be in position to knock off the chalk. But at times lacks the will to finish off miles and shouldn't offer much value.
6-This Kit Rocks (10-1)-Will take a swing for a price in case the top two aren't bringing their fastball. Set some quick fractions in last and faded. May do better facing his classmates and with a sharp steer may finally knock off one of the top players.

Race 12

7-Odd On Alpha Male (5/2)-Starts inside the main challengers and raced well from the 2nd tier in last. Now Wrenn is back between the pipes and could be sitting on a big effort at a short price.
8-Thunder Country (4-1)-Was used a couple of times from the 7-hole last week and just missed breaking his maiden. The 0-7 record shouldn't be ignored but has cashed a 2nd place check in 4 starts. The fractions could be livelier this time and De Long may duck and look to rally off cover.

Race 13

1-Rocky's Wedding (4-1)-Keeps hitting the board versus this kind but can't seem to cash the top check. Has been stuck with the 7-hole in the last 3 and then the 8-hole. Could be time to make the most of an inside post draw but did break back on 5-22, the last time starting from the rail.
5-Born To Thrive (7/2)-Fits with this crew, Plano steers his own and draws a very good post. Will look to beat #2, the morning line choice and this 8-year-old should have a good shot at an overdue win.

Race 14

1-Skyway Victor (7/2)-Tuned-up here on 8-14 and has been on the bench since racing on 7-25. Miller trainee has won 7 of 22 at HoP and should be there at the wire for Tetrick if dialed on high.
5-Rockinsomewhere (4-1)-Gaskin trainee has the gate speed to get a pocket ride behind #1 but Macomber could try a different plan and come off cover. Versatile 3-year-old has the speed to get the job done and should offer a solid price.
9-Rogers Image (3-1)-Has won 3 of 4 since going on Lasix and could make it 4 straight here. De Long will need to work a smooth trip as this will be 1st time starting on outside in over 2 months. Went off at 7/5 in last, should offer a better price with this post draw and best to not ignore the razor sharp form.

My Ticket

Race 11) 2,3,6

Race 12) 7,8

Race 13) 1,5

Race 14) 1,5,9

Total Ticket Cost) $18

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