by Al Cimaglia
May 1, 2021
Hoosier Park has 13-races ready to roll this evening with the first post coming at 7:20 EST. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 10 and it will be my focus.
Last night, the drivers with the hottest hands were John De Long and Trace Tetrick with three wins each. The top trainers on the card with two pictures were Britney Diilon, Charles Stewart and Jeff Culipher.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Highmoon Sunshine (10-1)-Missed a start before racing at HoP on 4/24 and now drops. Should fit with this crew. Has some gate speed, so Roy can work a cozy trip from this post and could offer some value.
2-JB's Shooting Star (5/2)-Here is another that should relish the class relief. Tetrick should have this mare forwardly placed in the 4th start off the bench.
6-Cult Icon (2-1)-This is a fast mare who usually pays her way on smaller ovals. Ships in from Ohio and has faced better there. Not loving the morning line but did have a 152 mark here as a 3-year-old.
6-All Wrapped Up (4-1)-Lightly raced 5-year-old had an even effort versus Open company in the 1st start after arriving from Wbsb. Has raced once since 3/29 but Roy could blast out and get a close-up seat. Best to respect at a square price.
8-Swan In Motion (5/2)-Qualified at RcR and then beat the Open 3 kind in 1st local start. Swan For All 4-year-old has banked >$403k in 23 starts at HoP and looks like a player with a sharp steer.
2-Anthem (10-1)-Rolled the back half in 54.1 last week at this class in the 2nd local start and should be a solid price. Widger steered last time and he might be more aggressive off the gate tonight.
6-Checks On The Way (4-1)-Miami Valley invader finds a good spot and has hit the board in 11 of 13 starts at HoP with 7 wins. Tetrick drives and he knows well.
8-Grace Rocks (3-1)-Comes off an even effort in the 1st start off the bench versus straight Open company. Has won 10 of 21 at HoP and should be a threat versus these. There is not much gate speed inside, if dialed on high Putnam could get on the engine and not look back.
2-Hedges Avenue A (12-1)-De Long takes over for Miller who steers his own. Steps-up after a gate to wire win at 36-1. This is a tougher group but much of this field is facing better. Won't be 36-1 but should offer a solid price.
6-Cheek Please (3-1)-Pulled on the backside in last and worked hard to get the lead from the 3/2 chalk who came out of the pocket and won. Did race gamely to the wire and was just nipped for 2nd place. Looking for a more efficient trip this time.
9-Mack My Kiss 9 (8-1)-Needed last start after being idle almost a month and should be tighter tonight. This post helps the price and Roy could leave to get a good seat. Best to respect, has faced better at Wbsb and the post draw gods haven't been kind.
Race 10) 1,2,6
Race 11) 6,8
Race 12) 2,6,8
Race 13) 2,6,9
Total Ticket Cost) $27 for $0.50
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