USTA Play of the Day
by Michael Carter
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Race 3 (Pick 4)
Date: 9/13/2018 Carryover: $0 Guarantee: $10,000
Ticket: 5,9,11/2,6/1,2/3,5 Cost: $12.00 ($.50 base)
Yesterday’s Recap – Yesterday, our top selection narrowly missed after leading for three-quarters of a mile. U’ll Learn came from way back early and scored paying $6.60. The trifecta of 8/5/9 returned
Race 3: #5 BRINGHOMETHEMAIL went to the top last week against the easier company and never really looked back. When she is close to the pace, she seems to race better and I am looking for her to be close this week. #9 QUEEN ME AGAIN gets a tough draw again this week and is up in class, but the driver change could be what she needs. She is another horse that would rather be forwardly placed but has shown some ability to come from off the pace. #11 MADDIE’S JET LADY draws the second tier tonight and that normally would be a tough spot, but she has proven she can race from just about anywhere. If she can stay flat, she may show up at a price.
Race 4: #2 HELEN’S GIRL gets the benefit of the draw this week off a very tough effort against sire stakes company last week. She faces a much easier company this weekend I believe that she could get a better trip. #6 MISS QUALITY is another class dropper that could pop at decent odds. She doesn’t have a lot of speed, but is one that can come from off the pace.
Race 5: #1 PAYNE FOR PRES didn’t get over the off-track all that well last week and had to also overcome a very tough post as well. Tonight he draws the inside and if he can flash the speed he has shown before he may be difficult to catch. #2 POP SPEED just got up last week but was stretched out early to some snappy fractions. The fact he fought on like did really stands out to me.
Race 6: #3 JAGGER ROCKS makes his first career start tonight, but the qualifier on September fifth really impressed me. He draws the same post tonight and if the improvement can continue you may catch a little bit of a price here. #5 BC OCTANE adds Lasix for the first time this week after a tough, but game effort last week. He doesn’t have a lot of early speed but does have a strong closing kick which could benefit him.