by Al Cimaglia
May 27, 2022
The feature at Hoosier Park goes in Race 9, an Open Pace with a $22,000 purse. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 11, and the sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Big Gulp (7/2)-Odds-on winner last week steps-up and should be in the mix. Could take a picture if #7 doesn't mind his manners.
7-Goldie's Legacy (5/2)-Faces better after taking command off the gate going to the half in 53.4 and then drew off by 6 lengths. The speed is there but take steps at times. Does appear a clean trip away from the 2nd win of the season.
1-Rogers Image (9/2)-Even effort in the 1st start in town versus a well-meant winner. Should be better after a race at the track and has 7 wins in 31 HoP starts.
3-Kneedeep N Custard (5-1)-Has been in too deep in all 5 starts this meet but may have found a beatable field tonight. Widger sticks with this Cullipher trainee and best to not overlook.
1-Odds On Osiris (12-1)-Drops to a more comfortable level and finally draws inside. Likes to race near the top of the stack and should land there.
5-Alwaystellthetruth (7/2)-Drops to a soft spot and looks like the one to beat. Has hit the board in 31 of 52 starts at HoP with 10 wins. Bates may look to leave, get on the point, and make every call a winning one.
5-Uncmprmising Z Tam (7/2)-Drops to the lowest class in some time and this could be a wake-up call. Local veteran should be in the hunt at the wire.
7-Yankee Bounty (8-1)-This 10-year-old showed some life in last when dropped to this level but didn't have the best of trips. Wilfong could work a smoother journey and the price should be right.
10-Ima Real Ladys Man (9/2)-Dropped to this level last week but was compromised by starting from post 10 and Bates sticks. Did roll by 5 foes late in the mile, now #1 has some gate speed and that could help this time. Will include versus this crew despite drawing poorly again.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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