by Al Cimaglia
October 1, 2021
Hoosier Park begins the weekend with a 14-race card. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 11, and that sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Bobcat Bay (12-1)-Hawthorne invader should fit versus this group and offers a nice price. Bates could use the rail for an efficient trip near the top of the stack. HoP record is 9 of 12 in the money with 5 pictures.
7-Louie The Horse N (6-1)-Stayed inside last week versus better in 1st start on Lasix and closed nicely with a 26.3 last quarter. Oosting is between the pipes again and could be sitting on a big try in 4th local start.
8-Rockie Got Framed (7/2)-Another in from Stickney and in his last start finished 2nd as an odds-on choice against Open company. Looks like a player, Tetrick will steer for Erv Miller and has 9 wins in 42 starts here.
4-Skyway Victor (2-1)-This 3-year-old has battled tough foes and drops to a spot to shine. Tetrick should be looking to take control early in the mile. This was the pilot's choice over the other Miller entry #5.
6-Big Gulp (4-1)-There should be a lively pace and that helps the chances of this Cross barn pupil who has been trying hard. Gets class plus post relief and this might be the spot to snag the 2nd win of the year.
8-Betterrock (9/2)-Widger will be in the bike and if he can avoid a slow start this is another sophomore who could score at a solid price. Closed in 54.1 from post 9 in last and best to respect chances here.
5-Crook Boyzz (5/2)-Raced well last week in the 1st start since 6-13 but could not catch a well-meant winner. Bumps up but if tighter tonight, it might not matter.
9-Dont Say Goodby (12-1)-Comes out of the same race as the one above and lost a place photo to him. But this 13-year-old started from post 11. Maybe Oosting can work a good trip for this veteran and pop at a price in a race with many question marks.
5-Jet Rock (2-1)-Drops to a soft spot after facing $50k and $65k claimers. Draws well and has won 4 of 11 at HoP. Looking for Miller to leave and try to control the pace.
8-Clever Character (5/2)-Burke trainee has 10 wins in 38 starts at HoP and should be a main player with a smooth trip. Rolled the last half in 55.2 to finish 4th versus better. That start came from the 2nd tier. Now Widger steers and he had success here versus better back on 7-23.
Race 11) 1,7,8
Race 12) 4,6,8
Race 13) 5,9
Race 14) 5,8
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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