by Al Cimaglia
April 30, 2022
Tonight, Hoosier Park has 13 races scheduled. 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.
2-Bridge To Jesse's (5/2)-Double qualified and the last was a 22-length romp. Looks like all systems are go to fire hot off the bench.
4-Miss Smead (7/2)-Takes a meaningful drop out of Open company and lands at the level of its last win on 3-26. Appears to have the best chance of taking down the program chalk #2.
4-JB's Shooting Star (3-1)-Bates takes a seat as Tetrick sticks with the George entry #5. Fits well at this level and should be in the hunt at the wire.
5-Always A Spinster (7/2)-Drops in the 2nd start off the bench and Tetrick returns. Beaten favorite could be much better after a needed start.
8-Uncut Gem (6-1)-Beaten 9/5 chalk drops to a better spot. Will look for Putnam to be more aggressive here and should offer a solid price.
4-Flagman (7/2)-Lost all chance with a break caused by the driver. Now makes the 2nd start after shipping in from the Pomp. Should be a player if dialed on high and has won 7 of 38 races at HoP.
6-It's A Herbie (5/2)-Steps-up after drawing off versus easier last week. This looks like a chalky race and Herbie is back at his favorite track. Hoosier Park record is very good (32-12-11-2).
1-Mel's Vicki Lou (5-1)-Was used hard from post 7 to get on the point and just missed versus this kind last week. Won't be 10-1 but best to respect versus this crew.
2-U'll Learn (8-1)-Stayed inside and came away with an efficient win last time and now loses Bates who will steer his own. Comes back versus the same kind and Oosting could follow a similar script.
4-Debt Motivated (3-1)-This handy mare has raced well in the last 3 starts and Wilfong should have her in striking range turning for the wire.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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