USTA Play of the Day – 9/6/2018

USTA Play of the Day

by Michael Carter

Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Race 3 (Pick 4)
Date: 9/6/2018 Carryover: $0  Guarantee: $10,000

Ticket: 2,5,8,9/4,8,9/2,4,5,6/4,5,6– Cost: $54.00 (.50 cent base)

Yesterday’s Recap – Our single yesterday that we used on top got the perfect trip, took the lead briefly and then tired at the end.  The official trifecta of 7/3/4 returned $45.00.

Breakdown:

Race 3: #2 PERFECT PITCH if she minds her manners could very well be the one to beat from the inside.  She doesn’t have a lot of gait speed, which is a little concerning, but She has a big closing power to her.  Look for her this week.  #5 PUMPKINSPICELATTE takes a drop down in class this week to face a group that she has been competitive with before.  I expect her to be apart of the early pace-scenario.  #8 DOYOUDESIREMYHEART has only missed the board once in five starts while racing at Northville.  The bigger track may help her here.  #9 SOPHIA SEELSTER was a strong winner last out after getting the perfect trip.  Since getting Luke Plano in the sulky, she has two straight game efforts.

Race 4: #4 VOTEX IVY has hit the board in five of her last five starts and has had a great start to her career so far.  She isn’t a speedy filly, but she likes being close to the pace.  Look for her to be around.  #8 THAT’S A BINGO had to overcome post ten last week and has raced on a sloppy track two races in a row.  Look for improvement on a better track tonight.  #9 MARY GOODNIGHT is yet to win this year, and that is the biggest strike against her, but she has had to overcome some tough posts and trips.  I am hoping for a better trip this week.

Race 5: #2 JIMMY RAY LOU adds Trace Tetrick back in the sulky this week after a difficult effort from post nine last week.  The last time Tetrick drove the gelding he was a strong second.  I expect a game effort.  #4 BEAUTY DESIRES was second last week coming from off the pace, getting the perfect trip.  If he can get into a good stalking spot early it could improve his chances.  #5 LANAS DESIRE scored on the front end last week setting some pretty torrid fractions.  He is a very speedy gelding who likes to be on the lead.  #6 THEREALSLIMSHADY was a winner last week and dominated at that passing a ton of horses late in the stretch.  Post is a little bit tougher, but I don’t think that will make a big difference here.

Race 6: #4 NIGEL TUFNEL was a horse I fancied at Lexington last week and while he didn’t win, he did not disappoint.  He showed speed and never fired from there.  Post improvement could very well make the difference.  #5 ROYAL REX has had a string of third place efforts as of late, but his hard charging speed is what fancies me to him.  Hoping for some continued improvement this week.  #6 MIGHTY HOT SHOT made a break two starts back and he was closing and he just never fired.  He has shown the ability to pace in 52, outside chance, but could light up the board.

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