by Al Cimaglia
April 2, 2022
Hoosier Park has an 11-race program scheduled for tonight. The headliner comes in Race 10 when eight pacers compete in the Mega Bowl, which has a $26,000 purse. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 8, and that sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Southwind Caeser (6-1)-Raced from the back in the 1st start off the bench and came the 2nd half in .57 with a 26.1 last quarter to finish 3rd. That was the 1st race since 12-4 and now bumps up. Winner in 4 of 15 here should be handled more aggressively and hopefully won't be over bet.
6-Triathlon As (3-1)-This mare comes off an efficient win versus easier in the 1st start since 1-30. One of only 2 mares in the field will need her best at this level. But likes this oval, hitting the board in 18 of 34 starts with 10 pictures.
7-Brookview Bolt (5/2)-Gets some class relief and is another who likes Hoosier finishing in the money in 20 of 27 with 12 wins. Had been racing at MVR and could be ready to reward connections in the 1st the start of the meet.
3-Pick Me Upper (3-1)-Broke at 8/5 versus this kind and was knocked out from the start. Should be forwardly placed and the price could be better tonight. If #6 doesn't have his fast ball this 5-year-old could trip out.
6-Swingforthefences (4/5)-Ended last year on fire and came off the bench versus this kind to snag a victory. Looks the part of an odds-on chalk after an easy win in last.
2-Threeofthebest A (8/5)-Got on the engine and didn't look back in last. Could be even better here in its 2nd start since 2-24.
5-Major Nemesis (9/5)-Beaten chalk finished a neck short of #2 and looks like a main player again in a chalky contest.
1-State Of Wiggles (6-1)-Was stuck with post 9 in HoP debut and raced from the back of the pack. Paced the 2nd half in .57 and returns in 7-days this time rather than 17-days. Should offer a solid price and could be sitting on a big try.
7-Friskie Jolie (2-1)-Beat the $10k claimers in last from the 2nd tier and was claimed. Makes its 1st start for the Stohler barn and De Long steers. Using and hoping the price isn't too short. Will respect chances for an encore and can beat this field with a big try.
8-Shecaughtthekaty (3-1)-Beaten odds-on favorite makes the 2nd start for the Leonard barn. Looking for an improved effort and should be a better price.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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