by Al Cimaglia
September 21, 2018
On Friday Grand Circuit stars invade Hoosier Park to do battle in five competitive stake races. On the night over $1.4 million in purses will be on the line for the 14-race card.
On Thursday at Delaware if my top three picks in each race were bet as a $2 exacta box the positive return was $138. Maybe someone was lucky enough to use my top three selections in a trifecta box in Race 19, as that returned a healthy $1,134.20 on a $2 bet. Hopefully there will be some meaningful selections on tonight's Hoosier card.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 7 - The Muscle Mass - Purse $236,000
2-Measuredoerfection (10-1) - If track is fast Burke trainee is worth a swing, racing well and post draw should help.
4-Starita (3-1) - In fine form and has the speed to get on the engine and not look back.
8-Woodside Charm (6/5) - A perfect 4-4 but will look to beat from the outside on this surface.
Race 8 - The Jenna Beach Boy - Purse $155,000
4-Always A Prince (7/5) - Is 14 of 17 and at her home track, rates a slight edge over #6.
6-Jimmy Freight (6/5) - If Jimmy had a race over this oval he would have been on top, should be dangerous.
5-Rockinbeach (5-1) - No slouch but local connections will need some racing luck to finish at the top of the ticket.
Race 9 - The Moni Maker - Purse $172,000
10-Manchego (6/5) - Post draw makes this more interesting but is the best horse and should be dangerous.
2-Custom Cantab (5-1) - HoP specialist is 9 of 11 and could surprise if #10 has a poor trip or doesn't take to track.
3-Meadow Brook Grace (6-1) - Local hope could trip out, stay close and use one big brush to be the upsetter.
Race 11 - Hoosier Park Pacing Derby - Purse $177,000
1-Split The House (6-1) - Comes off a big win, likes HoP and should be a square price. Rates an edge from the rail.
3-McWicked (2-1) - Should be rolling late and could get a win here, a hot pace would help chances.
6-Lazarus N (9/5) - May fire out and get the top, if so chances may improve, but at this price will try to beat.
Race 12 The Ceasars Trotting Classic - Purse $200,000
8-Homicide Hunter (5-1) - Looks primed for a big race, likes the track and D. Miller will keep in contention.
3-Crazy Wow (7/2) - Dangerous with a trip as shown in the Maple Leaf, should make most of a good post draw.
9-Marion Marauder (5/2) - As honest as they come and should be rolling late, but from this post will need some luck.
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