by Al Cimaglia
June 30, 2020
Starting today, Scioto Downs drops Tuesday matinees for night racing and that could help grow the handle. The 0.50 Pick 5 begins in Race 5. The sequence has a $7,500 guaranteed pool with a low 14% takeout and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Tivo Hanover (9/2)-Steps-up in 3rd local start after two sharp efforts from the 9-hole. Kaufman takes the lines and should be in the hunt at a fair price.
4-Mister Virgin (6-1)-Burke trainee is looking for 1st ScD win and Page took this 10-year-old over the 6,7 and 8. This isn't an easy race to read as no one in the field has won at this class.
7-Music Is Art (6-1)-Makes 1st start since 3/6 at YR. The 6/8 qualifier at ScD was solid and will take a swing with a fresh face who has been racing versus better. Leaving Burke's other pupil #6 out who is the program chalk and is 0-13 here.
1-Don't Fire (7-1)-1st time Lasix and will use at this price from the rail. Fits with this group and could be posing if Lasix kicks-in right away.
3-Exhibit Class (4-1)-This is a soft spot so will overlook break in last from post 9. Winner of >$116k in 2019 can bounce back in a big way tonight.
7-Team Jesse (5/2)-Will respect winner of 2 straight, one at Nfld and one here. Should be in the mix and doesn't have to get on the engine. Lightly raced 3-year-old can race off cover.
4-I M Mccited (4-1)-Suspecting Miller will make an early move to get the top to take command and not look back.
8-I Got The Diamonds (8-1)-Drops to a spot to cash the biggest check after making 2 starts coming off the bench versus better. Although 0-8 at ScD, can beat this field with a good trip.
8-Cambassador (2-1)-Did fade in last but will give a 2nd chance versus this group. 13-year-old likes to win, and connections have been rolling. Will single and look for a top effort.
3-Hunchie (3-1)-Winner of 9 starts in 46 races at ScD drops to the lowest level in quite a while. Should be ready for a big try but is best on a fast track.
5-Tiffany Marie (5/2)-This is actually a gelding who doesn't usually race at Scioto. Burke trainee does have 1 win in 3 starts at ScD. Similar to #3, should like the company and will likely be put in play early.
0.50 Pick 5
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