by Al Cimaglia
May 25, 2020
Tonight, Scioto Downs has increased the 0.50 Pick 5 guarantee to $20,000 which should lead to a larger pool. The Pick 5 starts in Race 5, it has a 14% takeout and appears to be a challenging sequence.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Bettor's Dream (4-1)-Six-year-old makes first start at ScD off a sharp qualifier. Miller picked #7 instead but Page has been doing well. This is a tough race but could score with a top effort.
5-Picard A (4-1)- Qualifier was better than the line looks and should enjoy the company. Raced evenly last week, but went the back half in .57, last 1/4 in 28.2 and could be sitting on a big try coming off the bench.
7-Don't Ask Logan (5-1)-Likes to get on the engine and was used hard to get the lead. Faded down the lane in qualifier but the 27.1 opening quarter from the 7-hole was quick. Should be tighter and could make every call a winning one.
1-Elm Grove Maddy (7/2)-Even qualifier but in a spot to get sucked around and roll by late. 0-10 this year but that may not tell the entire story. Off-track record is only 2-28 and 7 of 10 starts in 2020 have been on a wet surface.
2-I M Mccited (9/2)-Tuned up in Delaware and shows a win in 6 starts at ScD. Looking for Miller to provide a good journey and have in striking range. Using at a square price in another contentious race.
5-Stay Gold (5/2)-Fits with this crew, has two wins in 13 starts at ScD. If Brewer finds some live cover it could be picture time.
5-Ucrywheniflyby (5-1)-Went the back half in 57.2 in qualifier and Sutton can find some live cover from this post. Looks like a player at a fair price if keeps trotting.
10-Toasted By Twelve (9/1)-Makes 2nd start on Lasix and was staked in Ohio last year. Morgan trainee did win his barn debut. Looking for another big try here if Miller works a trip and keeps his mind on business.
1-Elmo Blatch (5/2)-Comes off two nice qualifiers and it seems like breaking issues may have been solved. Will use and then look to the outside instead of #4 the program chalk, who is 0-6 at ScD.
7-Cowboy Country (6-1)-Tuned-up nicely at Nfld and now makes first start at ScD. Should like the company and if is in striking range at the 3/4's chances for success go up.
8-Stonebridge Symba (6-1)-Makes first start on Lasix and kept coming in last week's qualifier. Does need the right trip but has faced better. Looks to be worth a swing at 6-1 in the ML and thinking Miller will provide a good steer.
2-Star Guitar (3-1)-Agreeing with the program odds in this event and looking for a big effort. Will use the 2nd ML chalk and hope he is racing close to the lead turning for home.
3-Always A Fiji (2-1)-Makes first lifetime start at ScD and lands in a good spot. Team Brewer trainee has some versatility and should be able to capture third win of 2020 at a short price with a decent trip.
Race 5: 4,5,7
Race 6: 1,2,5
Race 7: 5,10
Race 8: 1,7,8
Race 9: 2,3
Total Ticket Cost) $54 for $0.50
Check me out on Twitter!