by Al Cimaglia
September 25, 2020
Hoosier Park has a star-studded 15-race card ready to roll this evening. Some of the top trotters and pacers in North America will be competing for over $1,237,000 in purses.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 10-The Jennas Beach Boy-Purse $100,000
7-Allywag Hanover (3-1)-Not a stranger to racing on a big track and Tetrick has options. Possesses big gate speed and could leave or come off cover. Shows multiple sub-.27 last quarters and should relish the giant stretch.
5-The Greek Freak (5-1)-Makes HoP debut and has been very consistent hitting the board in 9 of 11 with 4 wins. Does have a start on a larger oval on 9/12 at Wbsb and was a game 4th. That line is better than it looks. Raced near the top into a very fast pace and it was the 1st start on a big track all year. Has top gate speed and could catch a great trip at a square price.
4-No Lou Zing (2-1)-Pennsylvania invader is as fast as a jet and comes off 2 nice wins. But will Lou take to the HoP surface and the awfully long stretch? Could finish higher but others will offer more value.
$5 Exacta Box 5-7, Total Bet=$10
Race 11-The Elevation-Purse $120,000
4-What's Your Beef (3-1)-Indiana bred has won 5 of 7 and has hit the board in the other 2 starts. Gets a very good post so Tetrick can work a favorable journey and take 6th picture at HoP.
5-Southwind Gendry (8/5)-Burke trainee has won 5 of 7 out East on the 5/8's and makes his big track debut. Will respect connections and has high speed but offers no value plus there are some concerns.
1-Almanac (7/2)-Winner of 2 straight at the Red Mile meets a tough crew here. Dunn should keep in the mix and could get a very efficient trip.
$6 Exacta 4-5, $4 Exacta 4-1, Total Bet=$10
Race 12-Hoosier Park Pacing Derby-Purse $140,000
3-This Is The Plan (12-1)-Raced here in the Dan Patch and was rank behind the gate and through the 3/4's. Started to get into gear and then was blocked down the lane. The draw is fine, Dunn steers tonight and will take a swing for a price. Raced well in the Pacing Derby at Wbsb but started in the 2nd tier. Does have a win and a 2nd place finish in 4 starts here. Has had a rough year but winner of >$778K in 2019 might be turning the corner.
8-Century Farroh (3-1)-Consistent 4-year-old has Dave Miller back between the pipes and is a perfect 2 for 2 at HoP. The start could be interesting, might leave or come off cover and should be a player either way.
6-Dancin Lou (4-1)-Raced big in the Canadian Derby and has beaten #8 in the past. Regular pilot Brain Sears is back and should be forwardly placed at a nice price.
$10 to Win on 3, $2 Exacta Box 3-6-8, Total Bet=$22
Race 13-The Caesars Trotting Classic-Purse $150,000
8-Atlanta (8/5)-Comes off a dominant win in the Maple Leaf Trot and will string along. Hasn't hit the board in 2 tries at Hoosier but that should change tonight.
6-Gimpanzee (9/5)-Winner of 5 of 7 in 2020 makes 1st start at HoP. Gets a post edge over #8 and could get the top and not look back.
2-Crystal Fashion (6-1)-May get overlooked at the windows, and from this post might get sucked around. Barn has been hot, and Stratton knows well. Could add some juice to the gimmicks and has 1 win in 3 starts here.
$5 Exacta 8-2, $5 Exacta 6-2, Total Bet=$10
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