by Al Cimaglia
October 15, 2020
There are 14 races scheduled at Hoosier Park tonight and the 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 3. The sequence will have a $10,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-The Optimist (5/2)-Nine-year-old has been camera shy this year going 1-19. Doesn't have much gate speed but at this class could get sucked around for a rare win. Not a fan of accepting a short price but this is a soft group and last was better.
6-Messi N (9/5)-Ohio invader has been racing on the 5/8's but does show a 150.4 mark at the Big M last year and meets easier.
10-Keystone Magneto (10-1)-Usually starts slowly but did show a 26.4 opening quarter 2 starts back. Will swing for a price and can close well. Miller could leave to get a close-up seat and roll by late at nice odds.
2-Sugar And Spite (5/2)-4-year-old meets easier, likes to race close to the top and can do so with this post draw. Short price and is only 2-25 in 2020 but is hard to leave out versus this crew which includes five 3-year-olds.
3-Jd's Queen Lori (9/2)-Drops out of the same class as #2 and tries Lasix for the 2nd time. Tetrick takes a seat and should be put in play.
5-Eternal Bliss (20-1)-Widger takes a spin and that change might help this filly who has been stuck with outside posts in last 3. Did win one of those starts and may get away in a nice spot to find live cover at a juicy price.
1-Sunfirewindrain (5-1)-Will toss last from the 9-hole, winner of 5 of 15 starts here fits and is having a nice year. Putnam should have 7-time winner this year in the hunt.
3-Shady's Starlight (3-1)-Comes off an easy win versus this bunch and has taken 3 straight pictures. Sooner or later the streak will end but best to respect here. Has gone off at a good price in last 2 but that may not be the case this time.
7-Captain Zamperini (9/2)-Ode claimed for $10k on 7/29 and it turned out to be a very nice purchase. Has hit the board in 6 of 8 since the claim and goes back on Lasix tonight. Gets post relief and should be a square price.
4-Cajun Lightning (9/2)-Just missed versus the $20k claimers and then beat the $30's handily. Was claimed for $15k and since then has won 2 of 3 and looks like a major player again.
7-Rising To The Top (5-1)-Seven-year-old had had success at HoP winning 15 of 64 starts. Comes off an impressive win from the rail and can still be a threat from post 7.
8-Better Than Some (8-1)-Looking for a more alert start and should offer a solid price. Did race the back half in 54.3 in last. The pace could be lively tonight and the price should be right.
0.50 Pick 4
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