by Al Cimaglia
June 22, 2021
Tonight, Scioto Downs has 13 races scheduled with the 0.50 Late Pick 4 beginning in Race 10. It's a competitive sequence and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-E R Truevalue (12-1)-Looking for a price and this 10-year-old has finished 2nd both times he has drawn inside. Drew the 8-hole and post 9 twice in the other 3 starts here. Could get away in the pocket behind #4 and if so might surprise at a big price.
4-Wegottatruckyea (8/5)-Claimed by Galliers on 5-18 for $7,500 and now drops in for a $6,000 tag. There isn't much gate speed in the field and this veteran should get the top without a problem and may not look back.
4-Atta Boy Chris (5/2)-Comes off a big try from post 8 and now makes the 3rd start at ScD, and this is the 3rd start on Lasix as well. Holiday should have this 3-year-old in play right from the word go.
7-Uncle Richard (12-1)-Raced from the rail in last and cashed a 3rd place check. Doesn't start quickly so that post draw didn't help much. Did race gamely to the wire in last and the price should be better tonight.
8-Velocity T Rock (7-1)-Raced evenly last week after breaking stride in the previous start. Did pace the 2nd half in .55 and it was an improved effort. Will look for the upswing to continue at a solid price.
3-Lucifers Legend A (3-1)-Morgan trainee takes a meaningful drop and gets needed post relief. Has the gate speed to be put in play early on and could get the top or drop in the pocket behind #5.
5-High On Paydaze (2-1)-Got on the point into a 53.2 opening half on 6-8, but faded and missed the top check by 1 length. This will be the 5th race on Lasix and showed improvement in the last start. if Jeremy Smith could rate the mile in a better fashion it might be picture time.
5-Northern Spy (3-1)-Makes the 2nd start for the Murphy barn and comes off a sharp try from post 9. The 0-19 record in 2021 is cause for pause but was facing better and fits with this crew.
7-Winna Winna (15-1)-Dropped to this level in last and almost made the most of drawing the rail but faded late to finish 3rd. Has the gate speed to get a good seat and is worth a swing at the morning line price.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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