by Al Cimaglia
August 18, 2020
Scioto Downs has a 14-race card ready to roll with the first post at 6:15 EST. The 0.50 Pick 5 begins in Race 5, it has a 14% takeout and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Winna Winna (9/2)-Bumps up after a nice try at Nfld from the 8-hole. Only 1-15 this year but has won 3 of 16 at ScD and fits with this crew. Should be forwardly placed and is a threat for top honors with a good steer.
7-Sip And a Bite (3-1)-Takes a good drop and has been stuck with post 10 in 2 of the last 3. Beat NW5000L4 on 7/9 and should be in the mix but Sutton needs to find some live cover.
5-Secret Jet (9/2)-Only 1-17 at ScD and this is a field with many who are camera shy, but does pass foes down the lane. Should offer a square price and could be a threat if Presley can provide a good steer.
6-Humps Peter (2-1)-Starts with a nose on the gate after last two from the 2nd tier. Comes off a nice win to break maiden and upswing may continue after a confidence booster. Not excited about the short price and needs to mind manners.
2-Fools Desire (6/5)-Hoosier shipper has won 6 of 32 at ScD and drops into a soft spot. Noble will want the top and if not pushed there isn't any excuse. Having enough speed isn't a concern but it may come down to catching a breather and being able to seal the deal.
3-Town Icon (7/2)-Should be sitting in the pocket behind the program chalk and will use in case #2 doesn't have his fast ball.
1-Mj'slibertyvalance (5/2)-Has been competitive but only 2 wins in 23 starts. It's hard to leave off the ticket but Barker needs to provide a sharp drive. Has had the rail in 2 of last 3 starts and doesn't get the top, but now faces a field without a standout.
5-Uncle Joe (3-1)-Has the gate speed to get the top. The issue has been fading in the lane. Hasn't won here (0-10) but is another who should like the company.
7-Greek Legend (7-1)-Has faced some tough foes and does have the gate speed to get a good seat. Kaufman is back and he knows well. Well worth a swing at this price and race could set-up well for this 3-year-old.
2-Swapportunity (5-1)-Drops to the lowest level since the restart and this could be a wakeup call. Should be out and winging and 10-time winner from 2019 could take its 2nd picture in 14 starts this year.
6-Volley Ball Beach (5/2)-Drops after flying off the gate and blazing the opening half in 53.3. Makes 3rd start for the Morgan barn and Noble takes a seat. This is another who should like the company.
9-Winwood Mac (15-1)-7-year-old has hit the board in 23 of 45 starts at ScD with 8 wins. Sutton is back and that shouldn't hurt. The pace could be quick and with live cover Mac will be rolling late at a nice price.
0.50 Pick 5
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