by Al Cimaglia
May 22, 2020
It is good to back and safe to say we can all use a bit of entertainment and a diversion during this difficult time. Good wishes go out to anyone who has been affected by Covid-19. Not to be overlooked are all the hardworking horsemen. They have been working to ensure the good health and fitness for horses in their barn without a chance to race for purse money.
My focus will be on the $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 with a 14% takeout which begins in Race 5. Because horses are coming off extended layoffs and until there is some form taking shape, proceeding with caution is the best choice.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Westsluckycam (9/2)-Blankenship barn has a 21% win rate over the past 365 days and this mare has enough gate speed to get a good seat. Miller's choice over #7 will need a strong try but likes to compete.
5-Letme Fly Low (4-1)-Raced the last half in 56.1 in her qualifier and went past a few down the lane. Should fit with this crew and can make some noise.
6-Tiffany Rocks As (6-1)- Burke trainee just went around without a move from the 8-hole in qualifier. Has raced well here in the past winning 5 of 20 starts. May blast out and look to make every call a winning one.
3-Rosemary Rose (2-1)-Went the back half in 55.3 and rallied for a win off cover. Page picks this mare over #5 and Rosemary likes the track. Has hit the board in 15 of 25 races at ScD with 7-pictures and looks like a major threat.
6-Golden Paradise (5/2)-6-year-old is no slouch drawing off by six to win her qualifier and has won 3 of 8 at Scioto. Raced the 2nd half in 56.2 all on her own and regular pilot Tetrick takes a seat. He may look to get the jump on #3.
3-Satisfashion (8-1)-Just fell short in qualifier but fractions were quick. Looking for a square price and could get sucked around and surprise at nice odds.
4-Princess Rougarou (5-1)-Faded down the lane in tune-up but did stop the clock in 153.3 and should fit well versus this bunch. Hensley barn wins their share, best to respect chances.
8-Libby's Idea (4-1)-Burke pupil toyed with the field in her qualifier winning by almost 10-lengths. Should be bet hard but did not face anyone from this field last week.
4-Workinitonbroadway (2-1)-Another from the Burke barn that smoked everyone in last week's qualifier. Will likely be a single on many tickets and could go off as an odds-on chalk.
8-Milford's Z Tam (20-1)-Swan For All seven-year old should offer a big price and has hit the board in 19 of 44 starts here. Could rally off cover and pick-up seventh win at ScD if pace is hot. But if not, could spice up the gimmicks.
5-Signal Hill (8/5)-Not in love with the short price and this barn does not post many winners but still figures to be a major player. Has the gate speed to get on the engine and Merriman could steal a quarter.
9-Just A Passenger (7-1)-Burke trainee was a winner in 4 of 9 this year which is a vast improvement over 2019. Page will probably need to leave but has the speed to get a close-up trip and look to roll by down the lane.
Race 1: 2,5,6
Race 2: 3,6
Race 3: 3,4,8
Race 4: 4,8
Race 5: 5,9
Total Ticket Cost) = $36 for $0.50
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