by Al Cimaglia
July 1, 2022
The headliner on the Friday Hoosier Park card rolls in Race 13, the Hoosier Cup for 3-year-old colts and gelding pacers with a $70,000 purse. The 50.0 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 10, and the sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Boudoir Hanover (6/5)-Alagna trainee has tangled with tough fillies on either side of the border. Had little chance in the Fan Hanover from the 9-hole. But did sizzle the back-half in 53.1 and can be a main player tonight.
4-Goo Goo Won (9/2)-Davis trainee should be in the hunt at the wire in the 4th start of the year. Could get the pocket behind the chalk.
1-Ima Real Ladys Man (7/2)-Not loving the 1-18 this year but Bates can keep this 6-year-old in play. One-move type looks like a player in a tough race to read.
6-Bold And Brassy (6-1)-Has beaten better but recent form has been dull. De Long sticks, the Leonard barn keeps rolling along so is worth a swing at a solid price.
8-Always Rockin (5-1)-Goes from the rail to post 8 and now faces older. Usually not a tempting play but did get on the engine and sprinted home in 149.2 with a 26.4 last quarter on 6-23. The key is the start and has good gate speed so should find a close-up seat.
3-This Kit Rocks (5/2)-Competitive 4-year-old can race near the top of the stack or come off cover. Speedy team Putnam entry may have found a beatable field.
5-Truffle Dog (4-1)-Cullipher trainee has raced well in 2 starts at HoP and doesn't have Rockinstorm to deal with tonight. Macomber should be sitting close to the lead throughout and won't need to empty the tank to get there.
1-Ponda Warrior (3-1)-Here is the main event and Ponda has been razor sharp in all 4 starts. Looks like the one to beat if the track is dry.
3-Sure Thing Herman (9/2)-Might offer a square price and this Erv Miller trainee shouldn't be taken lightly. Can be right there with a decent steer and will put some value into the exotics.
5-JK Victory (5/2)-Did beat Ponda on 6-10 but that was in the slop. Looks like a serious threat, likes to get on the engine and this Burke pupil can land on the point here.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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