by Al Cimaglia
October 8, 2021
The headliners on the 14-race card at Hoosier Park are 3-year-olds competing in Indiana Sires Stakes action. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 11, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Crooked Smile (9/2)-Made his way to the top at this same class in last and just missed. A similar script can happen and maybe this time so will a picture. Spreading out in this leg and hoping for a price to pump up the payout.
5-Sonny Weaver N (6-1)-Winner in 8 of 15 this year has the speed to beat this crew but will need a sharp steer. Widger is at the controls and should be forwardly placed throughout.
7-Mac's Big Boy (2-1)-Stepped-up to this level in last and had the gate speed to land a pocket ride to win for the 4th straight time. Tetrick should have the pedal down again.
8-Tivo Hanover (8-1)-Came off a sick scratch with a nice trip win at 17-1 and is back in at the same class. This is a deeper group and the price should be right again.
4-Whata Swan (3/5)-Has 8 wins this year but hasn't been able to seal deal in the last 6 starts. Has been facing tough company all season so best to respect. Will also use one more, due to recent efforts, who will offer more value.
5-Dg's Caviar (8-1)-This 5-year-old has won 11 of 40 at HoP and has the gate speed to get the pocket behind the choice or Shetler might hop on the engine. Either way, appears to have the tactical speed to possibly trip out.
1-Swan In Motion (7/5)-Back from M1 after finding the water too deep. Should be in the hunt every step of the way versus this kind.
5-Flagman (7/2)-Has been facing Open company and can be a player here. Plano will probably be leaving and shouldn't be far from the morning line chalk turning for the wire.
2-T'S Raider II (7/2)-Even effort in last but did roll the back half in 54.2 and gets a new pilot tonight. Oosting should be closer to the lead throughout and it's best to respect.
4-Madelines Blk Jack (5-1)-Recent form has been dull but this smells like an opportunity for Bates to get the top and steal a quarter. Has a shot for the top check with the right trip and looks like a use in gimmicks.
5-Jk Objection (6-1)-Comes off a nice try from post 10 versus better. Has been a bit camera shy and the Reeser barn has been cold. But Widger can work a smooth journey with this post draw and might be overlooked at the windows.
8-Ike's Panther (3-1)-The George barn is batting 30% winners over the last 30 days and Tetrick is back between the pipes. The post makes the price and is usually right there at the wire versus this kind.
Race 11) 4,5,7,8
Race 12) 4,5
Race 13) 1,5
Race 14) 2,4,5,8
Total Ticket Cost) $32 for $0.50
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