by Al Cimaglia
September 28, 2018
Tonight's betting menu includes the Dayton Trotting and Pacing Derby. In Race 10, nine trotters will compete for a share of a $150,000 purse. The Pacing Derby takes the stage in Race 12 when nine pacers take their shot for a piece of a $150,000 purse. Both Grand Circuit events are part of a 0.50 Pick 4 which begins with the Trotting Derby, and that sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 10-The Dayton Trotting Derby-$150,000 Purse
4-Homicide Hunter - Gets a favorable post draw and can grind it out, best to respect, should be a major factor.
5-Guardian Angel As - Should be on the lead or forwardly placed, likes a smaller oval and can win at a square price.
6-Will Take Charge - ML chalk does best work on a smaller oval, major threat with a clean trip.
Race 11-Fillies and Mares Open Handicap-Purse $18,500
2-Berazzled - Will need best effort but fast off the gate, will use at 10-1 in the ML, can compete here.
4-Carol's Z Tam - Will respect, has been very consistent at HoP, if takes to this track will be a major player.
5-Endeavors Star - Racing well, likes the track and knows how to win, best to not overlook.
6-Juslikeaqueen - Not in the best spot but could blast out. But if not, a fast pace will help, can roll in the late going.
Race 12-Dayton Pacing Derby-Purse $150,000
3-Donttellmeagain - Tetrick will have 4-yr-old in the hunt, question will be if he finishes the deal in a tough race.
4-Western Fame - Will toss last 2 on bigger ovals, this is a spot to shine and can be tough coming off cover.
6-Rockin Ron - Has tailed off but can blast out and get a great seat, can't count out and will pay a nice mutuel.
8-McWicked - Fierce competitor closing in on $1M in earnings in 2018, but from this post others have an advantage.
Race 13-Condition Claimer-Purse $10,000
3-Panimal Kingdom - Shows a 1:53.2 mark here this year and from this post should be tough.
7-Hell On Wheels - Does have a win at this class in last outing, rates an edge but post draw makes it tougher.
Race 10) - 4,5,6
Race 11) - 2,4,5,6
Race 12) - 3,4,6,8
Race 13) - 3,7
Total Ticket Cost) $48 for $0.50
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