by Al Cimaglia
May 31, 2021
Scioto Downs has a 15-race Memorial Day card ready to roll this evening. The 0.50 Pick 5 begins in Race 5. The sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool with a 14% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Medoland Bosa (4-1)-Had a 2 week pause before the 1st start at ScD this season and then suffered an interference break. Has hit the board in 5 of 7 here with 2 pictures and this could be the night to capture the 1st win of 2021.
7-Mr Ds Rock (7/5)-Banked over $97K as a 3-year-old but is winless in 16 tries as a 4-year-old. Has hit the board in 5 of 9 here and this will be the 3rd local start. Miller may leave to race near the top of the stack and this is a beatable field.
3-Friendly's Scooter (12-1)-Price shot was used hard off the gate to a quick half in last and then faded. Will need a trip but will take a swing. The 2 chalks are going to be bet and they are beatable. This could be a trip-out candidate.
5-Clemson (3-1)-Left from the rail last time and broke 9th because about 7 others left for the top. Should be in a better position tonight and will give the benefit of the doubt versus this suspect field.
6-Cantescapemydesire (2-1)-This is only the 3rd lifetime start at ScD for this 9-year-old and is winless here. This is the program chalk and could come out on top but will need a smooth trip. May leave versus this bunch and getting on the engine might be the right strategy to take the top prize.
4-Imma Bee (9/5)-Has made it look easy versus this kind in the past 2 starts and went off at 1/9 last week. Will probably be the odds on chalk again and with a smooth journey could be posing.
7-Borntobeshameless (5-1)-Using with the thinking #2 and #4 will be wrestling for the lead and the pace will be brisk. If that comes about Sutton could find some live cover and roll down the lane at a square price.
2-Beebeetee (9/5)-Beaten favorite raced big from the 10-hole last week to finish 3rd. Comes right back to make its 3rd ScD start of the year and was off 2 weeks before the last race. Upswing can continue and could be sitting on a big try.
3-Nuzzle Loader (12-1)-Left to get on the point and that was a more aggressive effort last week after missing a start. Could leave again and get an up-close seat which will lead to a cozy trip at long odds.
10-Velocity Chip Rock (4-1)-Finished right behind #2 in last and now gets the 2nd tier to deal with. Raced from the back in 1st lifetime start and finished nicely. Using and hoping the price will be better than the morning line, and could get a decent seat following #2 at the start.
4-Onedarkknight (7/2)-The 0-15 record this year is an issue. But comes off 2 solid tries and now makes the 1st start for the Luther barn who is batting 20% over the past 30 days. Smith steers tonight and that may help, could be in the hunt at a fair price.
5-Montano Pablo A (9/5)-Looks the part of the morning line chalk and has been bet in all 3 ScD starts. Makes 4th start for the Morgan barn and hasn't been able to seal the deal. Should be bet hard again, is difficult to dismiss but is only 1-24 at ScD.
Race 5) 3,7
Race 6) 3,5,6
Race 7) 4,7
Race 8) 2,3,10
Race 9) 4,5
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $0.50
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