by Al Cimaglia
October 22, 2021
The headliners on the Hoosier Park 14-race card are 3-year-old pacers and trotters. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 11, and the sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Baron Chancey (15-1)-Raced okay in the slop in last but has never won in 26 tries on an off-track. Fits well with this post and Bates should have enough gate speed to protect the rail position.
3-Light Up The Park (12-1)-Camera shy 4-year-old should offer a good price and drops to a level where he can compete. Needs to avoid a tardy start and might be driven more aggressively versus this kind.
4-Mc Mach (9/2)-Dropped to face similar in last and got on the engine but faded down the lane to lose by a length. Comes right back here and was off 3 weeks before the last start. Has been searching for an overdue win and could be sitting on a big try.
6-National Sport (5/2)-Makes HoP debut arriving from Ohio to make the 1st start for the George barn. Has been racing on smaller ovals but owns a 150.3 mark at Wbsb and will respect connections.
2-Swingforthefences (2-1)-Made it look easy in an impressive Sires Stakes Final win and now will look for its 3rd straight score. Should be a short price chalk and if dialed on high another picture is likely.
2-A Fair Ol Dance N (5-1)-Has been cashing checks versus straight Open company. Faces Open 2 foes now and beat this kind for its last win on 9-3.
5-Kneedeep N Custard (7/2)-This will be the 3rd start after a sick scratch and wasn't driven aggressively in the last 2 races. Tetrick is between the pipes again and has a shot for the top check if lands a good early seat.
6-Ana Freet N (5/2)-Beaten 6/5 favorite should be a short price again and figures to be a main player.
1-Jaffa Josh N (3-1)-New Zealand invader makes its US debut and comes off a nice qualifier here on 10-16. This a race without a standout, so will take a swing with a fresh horse and Wilfong had a nice night on Thursday.
2-Hello Sweetie Boy (6-1)-Looking for some value and this Hawthorne shipper makes his 3rd straight HoP start and faces easier. Has the speed to compete and could come out on top at a nice price with an alert beginning plus a sharp steer.
Race 11) 1,3,4,6
Race 12) 2
Race 13) 2,5,6
Race 14) 1,2
Total Ticket Cost) = $12 for $0.50
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