by Al Cimaglia
April 23, 2022
Hoosier Park has a 13-race program scheduled for this evening. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 10, and the sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Cassius Lane (8-1)-Comes off 2 even efforts versus straight Open company. Looks like a player on the slight drop and this is the level of recent top finishes.
5-Katie's Lucky Day (5/2)-Stayed inside versus Open company in the 1st local start to finish a close 2nd and was off since 11-5. Should be tighter tonight and could have the best shot at an upset.
7-Whata Swan (7/5)-Has come off the bench hot with a 2nd place finish and a win versus the Open class. Could be posing again with a smooth trip.
1-Uncut Gem (4-1)-Makes the 4th start of the meet and has been stuck outside in every race. The post relief can help and should be in the hunt.
2-JB's Shooting Star (3-1)-This program chalk is 2 for the last 24 but this isn't a formful field. Comes off a winning effort from post 8 and that is key. Does step-up but appears to fit with this crew.
3-Hilary Barry N (5/2)-Comes off even races versus better and now makes its 3rd local start. Has the speed to down this group and could be sitting on a big try.
8-Always A Spinster (2-1)-Faced stakes company last year as a 3-year-old and could win at first asking if fires off the bench. Shouldn't offer much of a price and might race from the back in its season debut. But will be tough to beat if dialed on high.
4-Fox Valley Tinka (5-1)-Usually does better not being used hard off the gate. Might not be pushed early tonight to save some energy for rolling by down the lane.
8-Dancin With Rose (8-1)-Comes off a nice win which was aided by a .56 back half. Will look for another top effort, the price should be solid and will shoot against the program chalks (1-7).
0.50 Late Pick 4
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