by Al Cimaglia
April 16, 2022
Hoosier Park has a 13-race program set for tonight. The feature goes in Race 9, an Open Trot with a $22,000 purse. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 10, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Tickle My Fancy (7/2)-Trotted a .57 back half on 4-7 to get up in time. Back in with the same kind, loses Widger but Miller can do the job. Last time the fractions were soft, now gets post relief and this race could shape up even better.
6-Racin Cream Pie (9/2)-Post draws have hurt both times since shipping in from MVR. Did race big from post 8 last time but was nipped by the one above. Might be ready for a big try in the 3rd local start and could get some revenge.
5-Racing Forthe Mark (5/2)-Gets some needed post relief. Putnam should get a good early seat and look to come off cover down the lane.
6-Hilary Barry N (3-1)-Put in a needed race last week. Looking for a more aggressive steer in the 2nd start since 2-20 and isn't out of place in this field.
7-It's Time For Fun (8-1)-Team Wilfong entry makes its 3rd start since shipping in from Hawthorne. Should be better here for a few reasons and isn't saddled with a 2nd tier start. Has hit the board in 29 of 58 starts at HoP and is worth a swing at a price.
2-Ima Diamond Babe (3-1)-Was used off the gate at 6/5 in last and faded down the lane. Form has been dull this year but this is soft spot and will look for a big try. The price should be a lot better this time and will shoot against the program chalk (6) who tries Lasix for the 1st time.
5-Imalovelylady (7/2)-Leonard entry has finished 2nd in both starts this meet and usually works on a smaller oval. Those 2 efforts were very good, and the winners are not in this field. This barn keeps rolling batting 30% in the past 30 days.
6-Moneymakehersmile (7/5)-Came back to town and made short work of this kind last week. Drew off by almost 5 lengths at 1/2. Won't offer a much of a price this time either but looks a decent trip away from another picture.
0.50 Pick 4
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