by Al Cimaglia
October 1, 2020
There is a 14-race card set to roll at Hoosier Park this evening. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 3 and it has a $10,000 guaranteed pool. That sequence will be my focus.
On Wednesday, the driver with the hottest hands was Trace Tetrick with four trips to the winner's circle. All 14 races were won by different conditioners.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Keystone Magneto (5-1)-Is only 1-7 here but has been in the mix and its only win came at this class. Should offer a square price but has been off since 9/12.
7-Sadies Art (5/2)-Another who has been idle since 9/12 but this 10-year-old comes off 2 straight wins at this class. Tough to leave out but might be over bet and this post could pose a challenge.
8-McLegend (7/2)-Beat $6500 claimers in last and raced the back half in 56.1. Has 5 wins in 19 starts this year and is 7 for 47 at HoP. Post should help the price and if the pace is honest this gelding can grind out another win.
3-Bluebird Love (3-1)-Qualified well and had been facing better but broke on 9/17 in 1st start off the bench. This is not a deep crew so should be a player if minds manners.
5-Mcair Guitar (12-1)-Returns to HoP and fits well with this group of fillies. Has only 1 win in 13 tries this year but has hit the board 6 times in 11 starts with 3 wins. Seems to be well worth a swing at this price.
6-Always Soggy (5/2)-Was bet down to even money on 9/17 but raced a dud. Tetrick tried to leave and got after her but there wasn't a good response. Then came 1st over but couldn't catch the leader and faded badly. Will toss last and will use at what should be a better price.
1-Bellacache (4-1)-Should enjoy starting from the rail and fits well with this group. Has been just missing and is in a spot now to be on top at the head of the stretch or in position to roll by.
2-Delight Kate (10-1)-Raced well in 1st HoP start last week. Loses Widger to #4 but De Long can get sucked around and surprise at a big price.
9-Miss Fire (5-1)-Was bet down last time but faded late. The post makes the price and this mare starts slowly anyway. Needs a trip but with good cover can sweep by down the lane.
1-Rising To The Top (6-1)-Race wide from the 1st call into a .54 opening half. The trip took its toll but lost the race by <2 lengths. Wilfong should have the 7-year-old in play and with a smooth journey can offer a fair price.
5-Venom (3-1)-Has been in the money in 12 of 15 starts with 5 wins and from this post should be in the mix from start to finish. Winner in 8 of 14 starts at Hoosier and the Stewart barn has been batting 25% over the last 30 days.
0.50 Pick 4
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