by Al Cimaglia
May 6, 2022
Hoosier Park begins the weekend with a 14-race card, the feature rolls in Race 10 an Open Pace with a $22,000 purse. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 11, and the sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Mcthriller (8-1)-Lost all chance in last when suffering an equipment break. The program has this 8-year-old moving up in class, but this appears to be a drop-in class. Looks like a player at a fair price.
5-Hopnroll Heaven (4-1)-Makes the 1st HoP start and the 1st start for the Kamann barn. Shows good speed at VD and was facing better company out East. Tetrick takes the lines and best to respect versus this group.
6-Sweet Troy (7/2)-Would like to see a better price than the morning line but this could be the spot for the 1st win of 2022. Raced well in its season debut here and will look for more improvement in this start.
4-Luckbewithalex (3-1)-Tried a different plan in last, blasted out and got on the point looking for the 1st win of year. It was a good try but faded late. Will respect chances to make amends here and may not need a 27.1 opening quarter to take control.
6-Paw Patrol (2-1)-Gaskin 3-year-old faced stakes company last year and went off at 2-1 in the 1st start since 10-15. Didn't get a smooth trip, was shuffled, and rallied late to finish 3rd. Should be better here and the short field won't hurt chances.
1-Shadyjack (8-1)-Will take a swing this 8-year-old might be ready for an aggressive try in the 3rd start off the bench. Drops to a spot to shine and regular pilot Tetrick takes a seat.
5-Sawyer's Desire (8-1)-Burke trainee makes the 2nd start of the meet and was handled conservatively in last. Hoosier is the favorite oval for this 5-year-old who has 9 wins in 44 starts here and has banked >$279,000. Looking for big try at a solid price.
6-Rock Solid Image (9/2)-Loses Smith to #8 but Widger can provide a smooth trip. Comes off an efficient win versus this kind and could be forwardly placed to roll by late once again.
2-My House (5/2)-Paced the 2nd half in 55.2 to take a picture and now steps-up. Should be in the mix with this crew after a strong effort.
4-Mc Mach (15-1)-Likes to get on the engine and not look back. Tried that plan in last and was used too hard and never got the top. Comes back versus the same kind and should be able to take command early in the mile.
8-Serious Miki (7/2)-The post helps the price and should be in the hunt versus some older foes after beating NW6/8. Putnam could put in play early on and be in striking range turning for the wire.
9-Bet Ninteen (5-1)-Winner in 5 of 9 races at HoP raced well last week after shipping in from M1. Gets stuck with another outside post but drops to a better spot to cash the top check.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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