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rod allums jr & kevin plowcha
Race 9 (3YO Filly Trot Final)
#2 – Bond got a perfect trip but looked too good to pick against in this final. She will be looking to hold off her stablemate late.
#1 – Special Way looked fantastic racing from off the pace and should be set to repeat that kind of trip with the rail. She can win, but if Bond gets any kind of breather, good luck catching her. I think she is the clear second best filly in this group.
#7 – Heaven Hanover was in a great spot around the final turn in her elimination but allowed Special Way to get the jump on her. She will be coming late at a good price assuming Brian Sears gets her to the outside and avoids the death shuffle.
#10 – Railee Something has mainly been chasing the top fillies all year and now adds Lasix looking for some extra pop. Not sure what kind of trip she gets with this post, but she can close late to finish up the ticket.
Race 13 (3YO Colt & Gelding Pace Final)
#3 – El Rey couldn’t have looked any better in his first start for Andrew Harris. I think if anyone can upset Confederate, it’s him. Just needs to be close enough. Dexter Dunn had the hot hand last night.
#4 – Confederate doesn’t need much said about him. He’s had plenty of effortless wins this year, but last week wasn’t one of them. We saw a couple of big favorites lose last night too…
#5 – Coach Stefanos showed final quarter speed that I’ve never seen before (:24.2). Where did it come from? I have no idea. He’s shown versatility during the Indiana Sire Stakes, and the local horses always seem to have a chance at Hoosier.
#1 – Cannibal adds Lasix for the final after being outsprinted by El Rey in the elim. Not sure what kind of trip he gets from the rail but he should be in contention with his early speed.
Race 14 (Open Trot Final)
#9 – Alrajah One It really hasn’t missed a beat since coming back. He lost in the Dayton Derby but I think it was his most impressive race with the trip he had to go. This is a race where I think the favorite will be too good.
#2 – It’s Academic has the talent to win this race. Last week he got an elimination drive, and the only reason Miller asked him was to make sure he made the final. Not expecting the leader to get a :58.1 middle half this time.
#3 – Southwind Tyrion will give Ake another chance to potentially trip out and win, as he did last night with Warrawee Michelle. It’s Academic was making up ground late on him in the elim despite Ake getting a two-hole trip there, so I don’t think it happens tonight. Can he hold on for a slice after being up close? Absolutely.
#4 – Pretender raced well enough in his elim and now adds Lasix. With the amount of success Scott Zeron has had this year, it’s hard to leave him off your tickets. He’ll be a huge price, too.
Race 15 (Open Pace Final)
#2 – Bythemissal cruised in his elim and looked like himself again. He’s put up big efforts for all the money before, and I think he can do it again here.
#3 – Tattoo Artist has won a bunch in a row and is hard to fault until he loses one, but I’ll take my shot against him here.
#7 – Taurasi is definitely a candidate for underneath because this race will have fast fractions. He was great in the Allerage and kicked home :25.3 in his elim. I expect similar speed late down the long Hoosier stretch which can land him on the ticket.
#4 – Ponda Warrior obviously loves it here and upset the big guns in the Dan Patch. He’s shown 1:47 and change speed and can certainly get up for a piece if he finds a helmet.
#10 – Allywag Hanover’s biggest question is what kind of trip does he get from post ten? If he follows Bythemissal out and then sits mid-pack, he may have to start the outside flow. He’s classy enough to gut it out and hold on for a share if that’s the case.
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