by Al Cimaglia
June 5, 2020
Scioto Downs has a 14-race card ready to go this evening. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 10 and will be my focus. Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
6-Pure Chance (8/5)-Got the top from the 10-hole and faded to finish 2nd in season debut. Should be tighter, gets post relief and Merriman can provide an aggressive steer.
9-Wittyville (9/2)-Burke trainee has won >$190k at ScD and comes off an easy score versus a softer field. Needs to mind manners and Page must work a good trip, but could be in the mix with an alert start.
1-Under The Hood (5/2)-Widger takes the lines and maybe that will help this mare wake-up. Figures to be in the hunt, but recent form has been dull. Using and hoping won't be over bet in a race without a standout.
2-Dancing Lisa (4-1)-Got on the engine and was just edged in a sharp qualifier. Is only 1-15 at ScD and will probably be bet. But has the speed to beat this crew.
3-Elm Grove Joanette (8-1)-Took the short way around in qualifier and raced the back half in 56.2. Should be a player despite being only 1-39 at ScD and may offer a solid price.
4-U'll Learn (12-1)-If Sutton finds a live cover flow this mare could win at a big price. Has shown some improvement since the lay-off and draws well.
4-Bellatricks (4-1)-Camera shy 7-year-old did race a big mile against better last week. Miller will probably blast out to control things and may not look back.
8-Queen Of The Pride (4-1)-This classy mare is the one to beat and probably is a picture taker if dialed on high. Winner of 4 in 8 starts at ScD and now drops into a soft spot to grab first win of 2020.
2-I Know My Chips (7/2)-Should enjoy the company and has won 12 of 27 starts at ScD. Qualified well and was Smith's choice over the program chalk #8.
4-Mugshot Man (8-1)-Qualifier was fine and comes off the bench to face a similar crew as in last win. This is a lightly raced 7-year-old and last picture was taken back on 8/22. Can compete here if ready and should be a square price.
10-Voyage To Paris (5-1)-Drops in 3rd start off the lay-off and post helps the price. Sutton may look to follow #2 at the start and get a good early seat. Best to respect winner of $186k in 2019.
Race 10) 6,9
Race 11) 1,2,3,4
Race 12) 4,8
Race 13) 2,4,10
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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