by Al Cimaglia
October 8, 2020
Hoosier Park has a 14-race card scheduled with the 0.50 Pick 4 beginning in Race 3. That sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus.
Last night, James Yoder, Trace Tetrick and Ricky Macomber led the drivers with two trips to the winner's circle. Matt Rheinheimer and James Yoder were the top conditioners notching two wins each.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Tappin Outamessage (5-1)-Taking a swing and leaving the 2 program chalks off my ticket in a race without a standout. This barn can send them out ready after time-off. Hawthorne invader can beat this field if fires hot off the bench. Still looking for 1st HoP win (0-3) but has won 10 races in 32 starts in 2018-19.
6-Keystone Magneto (10-1)-Tried a different tactic in last start and got on the engine. Faded down the lane, had missed a start but still raced well. Opening quarter went in 26.4 last week, so best to respect and could be sitting on a big try.
7-McLegend (6-1)-Stepped up to this level after a win and a 1st over trip took its toll. Needs a smooth journey but this race may set up with a live cover flow.
1-Bluebird Love (2-1)-Has had a breaking issue but qualified well and then raced without issue to just miss by a 1/4 length. Should be set to be a major player and will be bet hard most likely.
2-Premier Desirey (3-1)-Won 4 straight at Haw and then broke in 1st start here versus better. This filly has won 4 of 7 and after a race on this surface could be a clean trip away from another picture.
3-Bobcat Bay (3-1)-Stepped up to this class and took control from the 8-hole to make every call a winning one. Meets some new foes tonight and last was too good to leave out but this could be a sterner test.
5-Sammonsletsroll (8-1)-Came 3rd to #3 in last and my thinking this time is Udell may leave and then get a pocket ride behind Bobcat. Could trip out and might be overlooked at the windows.
6-Eeyore (7/2)-Not sure this gelding deserves to be 7/2 but did rally after a slow start. De Long is back again and there could be a more aggressive steer tonight to get into better striking range at the top of the lane.
8-Farmers Only (5-1)-Four-year-old has been racing well and Wilfong should be able to work a trip from this post.
The pace could be hot and that will help chances. Did race big in last from the 8-hole at DTN.
8-Rocksann (3-1)-Came off the bench and raced from the back going the 2nd half in 56.2. Was bet in last and could be set for a strong try.
9-Always Soggy (9/2)-Steps up after rolling the back half in 55.3 to win last week. If pace is honest, and it should be, Tetrick will be rolling down the lane and could be posing again.
10-Off To Win (5-1)-Starts in the 2nd tier but this filly is in sharp form. There is some speed inside so could end up in a decent seat after the start. Putnam could use one big brush like last week to roll by late.
0.50 Pick 4
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