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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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