by Al Cimaglia
August 6, 2021
Hoosier Park kicks-off the weekend with a 14 race card. The feature rolls in Race 10, an Open Pace with a $22,000 purse. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 11, and that sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Putnams Attack (5-1)-Since the beginning of July this veteran comes with his "A" game every other outing and this is that race. A horse this age (13 years old) usually doesn't bring 1.50-51 speed consistently but will take a shot he will be dialed on high tonight.
3-Rockin Jimmy Brown (7/2)-Was in with $15k claimers in last and that water was too deep. Back into a more comfortable spot and beat the $8k claimers at Hawthorne 2 back by 7 lengths. Fits with this crew and has hit the board in 10 of 14 starts at HoP with 6 pictures.
8-Alwysasweetvictory (3-1)-Beat the $8k claimers on 6-30 and was claimed by the Fox stable. Tetrick drove in last and left from the rail. Down tick in the pilots now as Fox steers and starts outside as well. But there aren't any standouts in this field and might be overlooked at the windows.
1-Manny (12-1)-Faces a bit easier and blasted out to the lead in last and got stung. Will look for another aggressive start and a better finish at a big price.
3-Rose Run Uriah (3-1)-Raced well up a class last week and tonight should be forwardly placed throughout. Looks like a main player and could be bet hard.
4-Eddard Hanover (9/2)-Taking a swing with 1st time Burke after a claim. May follow #3 to take a pocket ride and roll by late.
1-Rock With JK (7/2)-This is a nice 3-year-old that raced well in a Sires Stakes Final and just missed. This looks like a 2-horse race and starting inside might make the difference.
7-Rockinsomewhere (3-1)-Would benefit from an honest pace as Oosting should be able to find a live cover flow. Gaskin trainee can close in a hurry and should be in the hunt at the wire.
6-General Dolan (5/2)-Drops looking for a win in the 4th straight start at HoP. Bates is between the pipes again and could take an overdue picture with a smooth trip.
10-I'vegotagirlcrush (5-1)-Has bounced around and took a few weeks off but the qualifier on 7-31 was fine, and drops into a good level. The post is the issue but will add to the price. If De Long can find a good early seat he can use one nice brush to roll by down the lane.
Race 11) 1,3,8
Race 12) 1,3,4
Race 13) 1,7
Race 14) 6,10
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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