by Al Cimaglia
October 16, 2020
Hoosier Park has a huge card ready to roll this evening. The best state bred two and three-year olds as well aged pacers and trotters are competing in the Indiana Sires Stakes Championships. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 3, it has a $10,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
7-Something To Me (4-1)-Finished 2nd to the morning line chalk in last 2. Was off for 3 weeks before last start and now comes right back. Gets a post edge and maybe De Long will blast out and get on the engine or in the 2 hole.
9-Somethingbeautiful (6/5)-This has been the best filly all year winning 7 of 8 and will be singled on many tickets. Hasn't started from the 9-hole before, did win from post 8. Can be posing again with a decent trip.
2-Breckenridge (5/2)-Winner of 5 of 7 starts at HoP also has won 4 straight. Morning line chalk looks the part but I'm thinking this will be a very competitive affair.
3-Swingforthefences (9/2)-Faced some tough fillies at the Red Mile in last couple and now comes back home. Has been in the money in 6 of 7 races with 2 wins. Best to respect, might be overlooked at the windows and could offer a solid price.
5-Bridge To Success (8-1)-Broke maiden in last and was used a couple of times. Should be fresh, has raced only 6 times and might be peaking with big money on the line.
6-Brookview Bolt (3-1)-Seems to do best work when leading coming into the lane. Not sure that will be the case tonight and will likely be a short price but will respect connections.
8-Illini Earl (6-1)-The post will make the price and has the speed to beat this group. Trace Tetrick is steering as usual and the key to winning will be the trip. Was off about 3 weeks before last start and could be sitting on a big try.
2-Tellmebaboutit (8/5)-Competitive 4-year-old always is in the mix and has faced tough company. Gets a post edge over #6 and will likely need it in what appears to be a 2 horse race.
6-Little Rocket Man (7/5)-Beat #2 by 6 lengths in the Haston Memorial back in August and left from the 7 hole that day. Tim Tetrick takes a seat and that shouldn't hurt. Rockin Image 4-year-old has won over 60% of his starts.
4-Roll Em (4-1)-It appears Hiteman trainee was raced from the back, as in way back in its last start. If the chart is correct, this 2-year-old was 16 lengths behind at the half and then sizzled the 2nd half in 53.2. Could leave and get an up-close seat tonight with main foes starting on the outside. Best to not overlook.
7-Jewels Virgin (5/2)-Burke trainee fits with this crew but does jump off-stride at times. Figures to be in the hunt but might be over bet.
9-T's Raider II (3-1)-The post makes this a challenge but this gelding is usually in the mix and will be again with the right trip. If the pace is hot chances to be posing go up and the Erv Miller trainee does deserve respect.
Race 3) 7,9
Race 4) 2,3,5,6,8
Race 5) 2,6
Race 6) 4,7,9
Total Ticket Cost) $30 for $0.50
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