by Al Cimaglia
August 13, 2021
Tonight, the signature race at Hoosier Park will be on tap with the Dan Patch Stakes for older pacers carded as Race 13. A high caliber field of 10 will battle for a share of the $325,000 purse. The 0.20 Superfecta in Race 13 has a $25,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
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Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 13-The Dan Patch Stakes-Purse $325,000
1-Sintra (10-1)-Eight-year-old Mohawk invader has lost something off his fast ball but this Dave Menary trainee can still compete. Consistently cashes checks versus Preferred kind up North but would need a few breaks to hit the top of this ticket versus this crew. Is in good form but is winless in 6 starts at HoP and has earned only one 2nd place check.
2-Workin Ona Mystery (12-1)-Todd McCarthy steers for the Brian Brown barn and this Captaintreacherous 5-year-old hasn't hit the board in 6 Hoosier starts. Recent form has been dull and hasn't been able to finish off miles. Not sure the long stretch will help the cause.
3-This Is The Plan (7/2)-Faded down lane in the McKee last week but still finished a close 3rd. Ron Burke entry has been in the hunt at the wire for almost the entire year. Has hit the board in 3 of 6 starts in Anderson with 2 wins. Looks like a serious threat as long as speed is holding.
4-Catch The Fire (3-1)-Won the Sam McKee last week after being used off the gate and then got a pocket ride. That was the 2nd straight picture for the Todd Luther trainee. Scott Zeron will be between the pipes again and it's best to not overlook this winner of 6 of 9 in 2021. The front end was not too friendly at M1 last week, but it didn't matter and should be forwardly placed once again. This 4-year-old is as sharp as a tack and has 1 win and a 3rd place finish in 3 starts at Hoosier.
5-Cattlewash (9/2)-Here is the 2nd of 3 Burke entries and regular pilot David Miller will be doing the steering. Got on the engine into a 53.4 opening half in the McKee and faded badly down the lane as the 2-1 post time favorite. This 4-year-old does like HoP, winning 2 of 3 starts and also cashed a 3rd place check. Failed to hit the board for the first time in 6 starts this year. Using and might be overlooked at the windows. Could offer a solid price if you think a bounce back effort is in the cards.
6-Little Rocket Man (20-1)-This 5-year-old makes his local connections proud taking 9 pictures versus Open competition at HoP. Has been the model of consistency hitting the board in 13 out of 14 here and cashed the top check 9 times. Always tries hard but is in deep water this evening.
7-Brassy Hanover (8-1)-Jeff Cullipher trainee has been cashing checks versus top pacers at M1. The fractions should be hot and from this post Sears could find some live cover. This 5-year-old has hit the board in 8 of 13 at HoP with 4 wins. The faster the pace the better the chances of rolling by down the lane at a solid price. The only win in 2021 came at HoP versus Open company in May and will use here.
8-No Lou Zing (15-1)-This post draw does compromise chances for a picture especially considering Lou has raced only once since 6-12. Dunn steers this Takter trainee and is worth a look underneath in gimmicks. Has hit the board in 2 of 3 starts at HoP with 1 win.
9-Tellmeaboutit (30-1)-This is another local hopeful that is in tall cotton. Should offer a giant price but from this post it will probably be unlikely to cash a check.
10-Backstreet Shadow (4-1)-This Burke trainee gets the services of Trace Tetrick who is the leading HoP driver. Shadow Play 6-year-old has the speed to win with a good trip but the 2nd tier starting spot probably makes things too difficult. The #1 and #2 don't have much gate speed and that really hurts because this gelding does its best work racing near the top of the stack. Would need some racing luck to be in striking range at the top of the lane but this pilot is no slouch.
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