by Al Cimaglia
August 11, 2017
Tonight's main event is the Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park. If the weather forecast is correct the track should be lightning fast. On Race 11, Hoosier has a $25,000 guaranteed Superfecta pool and it is a 0.10 wager.
The morning line favorite, All Bets Are Off could be beat this field with his best effort but my Superfecta tickets will be looking for a few prices. My top selection is the morning line second chalk at 4-1 Check Six, who rallied to take the Sam McKee Memorial at 38-1. The Ron Burke trainee will be my key horse, with some prices sprinkled in to hit the board. If #6-Dr. J Hanover and or #8-Rockn Ron can ration their speed they could help bolster the payout. Local hero Freaky Feet Pete is a use in Superfecta betting as well.
Comments and selections below for the Dan Patch will be based on a fast track.
Race 11-The Dan Patch Stakes-$325,000 Purse
1-Dealt A Winner - This horse has sub 1:50 speed but can't see hitting the board. Maybe at best, the bottom of Superfecta.
2-All Bets Off - With all due respect to the leading money winner in the field, recent races have been dull.
3-McWicked - Not thinking a win is in the cards, but Miller can keep in play and hit the board.
4-Freaky Feet Pete - Well this would be a nice story, but if they go sub 1:50 not sure Pete can get to the wire first.
5-Manahttan Beach - Doesn't look like the winner of almost $500k in 2016. Local connections need a big form reversal.
6-Dr J Hanover - D. McNair should be sitting on the engine or close to it. May get an easy lead and that helps chances.
7-Rock N Roll World - Appears to be overmatched but local connection paid $25k supplemental fee to enter.
8-Rockn Ron - Should be out and winging with #6. If he gets a good early spot without great effort, could be a major player.
9-Check Six - Post doesn't help but could do best work in the late going. I don't think last week's big win was a fluke.
10-Wakizashi Hanover - Even with Tim Tetrick this post draw is tough. Not sure how Tetrick gets this one in play.