by Al Cimaglia
May 25, 2021
Tonight, Scioto Downs has 14-races ready to roll. The 0.50 Early Pick 4 kicks-off the card and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Wildfire Flasher (5-1)-Broke in last in ScD season debut and has had issues in the past. But if minds manners should be in the hunt in a wide open affair.
2-Amour Cruiser (6-1)-Only 1-19 lifetime is not a reason to toss versus this field. Will spread in this leg and look for some value in what appears to be an otherwise chalky sequence.
6-Calvin L (5-1)-Winless in 4 tries here but last start at NFLD was an improved effort from the 2nd tier and that's reason enough to use. Plus, did take 4 pictures last year and only #8 had a similar total with 5 wins.
8-Sixby Hanover (3-1)-Shows good gate speed, should be forwardly placed and is fast enough to win. But is 0-7 this year and can't seem to pass anyone down the lane. Maybe the plan will be to get the top and not look back.
3- Imma Bee (1-1)-Drew off in last at .30 on a dollar versus this kind. Unless the trip is brutal or not 100% the same should happen tonight.
4-Just A Passenger (3-1)-Banked over $58k in 2020 and hasn't found the winner's circle in 11 tries this year. This is a soft spot and Tyler Smith has driven before, so will look for a determined effort versus a suspect field.
5-Crews Hilltopper (5/2)-Trevor Smith sticks after a solid effort from post 10 against this kind. Cashed checks versus better and has had success here hitting the board in 20 of 43 starts here. Could leave and has the gate speed to be put in play early.
1-Astroffical (8/5)-Comes off a big try in last from post 10, rejoins the Morgan barn and should be bet hard. Likes to get on the engine and the plan will be to not look back.
4-Rockin Peggy (7/2)-Needed last and now makes 2nd start at ScD this year. Team Tharps entry has taken pictures here and should get a better trip than in last. Could end up in the pocket behind #1 and look to roll by down the lane.
0.50 Early Pick 4
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