by Al Cimaglia
October 22, 2020
Hoosier Park has a 14-race card this evening with the 0.50 Pick 4 starting in Race 3. The sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
The drivers with the hottest hands last night with 3 winners each were Brandon Bates and Trace Tetrick. Each of the 14 races were won by a different trainer.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Crook Boyzz (9/2)-Has hit the board in last 8 races and is 5-3-3-in 15 starts at HoP. Should offer a fair price so will use instead of the 8/5 morning line chalk #11 who has battled top colts in Lex and will offer no value.
5-Clever Character (3-1)-Burke trainee comes off 2 straight wins from outside post positions and is a major player again. Winner in 9 of 22 at HoP should use this post draw to an advantage.
4-Anchors Away (5-1)-Got stuck with the 10-hole in the Super Final and will toss that start. Looking for a big try tonight and will play against #7 the Burke entry who is the tepid 3-1 program chalk.
6-Dude Included (8-1)-Was rimmed the mile in the Super Final and will take a swing for a nice price. De Long can roll off cover and could take a picture with a top effort.
9-Sermon (12-1)-Even effort in last which was on this surface but had broken equipment. Per Engblom entry was sharp at the Red Mile and has 3 wins in 4 starts since trying Lasix. Post makes the price and has a shot with hot fractions. .
10-TJ's Top Pick (6-1)-Starting in the 2nd tier behind #1 may work out as long as that gelding stays on stride. Either way Andy Miller could find some cover and put in play. Swan For All gelding has won 8 of 16 starts at HoP.
1-Candy On The Beach (7/2)-Meriman steers and he has driven before. Does good work on the engine, should be able to get the top and take control. This race looks to be formful and will use the morning line chalks.
4-Mystical Carrie (5/2)-Couldn't catch the winner in last 2 starts, but Priceless and Grace Rocks are not in this field. Has been 1st or 2nd in all 10 starts in 2020 and should be right there at the wire again.
5-Somebodyslilly (3-1)-Has not been able to seal the deal in last 3 but before that rattled off 5 straight wins. This will be the 2nd start on Lasix and might be overlooked at the windows.
2-Splash Brother (5/2)-Consistent 3-year-old is a 5 time winner in 10 starts this year and hasn't missed hitting the board. Has not raced since 9/25 but will look for a big try coming off the bench.
4-Blank Stare (5-1)-Beat older here on 10/17 after not racing for 3 weeks. Here is another very consistent performer this year. Should be forwardly placed with this post draw and that suits his style.
7-Always And Again (12-1)-Will look for a price and this colt can roll late. Won last here with a 53.4 back half and pace could be hot tonight.
0.50 Pick 4
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