10/28/2015 4:15PM

Hoosier: Friday 10/30 Analysis


Best Bet: MUSCLE BABY DOLL (10th)

Spot Play: MY BUDDY NINKSTER (4th)

Race 1

(6) ALWAYS AT MY PLACE looks like the real deal and could have an interesting future when he is staked more extensively as a 5-year-old. (3) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE can finish as fast as any horse and the short field should keep traffic to a minimum. (5) LATEST DESIRE chased the top choice last week and seems likely to be doing it again.

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Race 2

(2) KELSEY’S KEEPSAKE made up a ton of ground after an early break trotting the final three quarters in 1:22 and change. That’s very impressive! None of these can do that. (8) PAD PRINCESS was flat in her debut for trainer Ron Burke; another shot. (4) WOULDN’T ITBESWEET has been a consistent check-getter. (1) SHE WORE RED has talent but can’t get her act together; Tim Tetrick drives.

Race 3

(10) COLBERT brings his ‘A’ game each week and faces a mostly blank field. (5) MESMERIZED should be able to secure the lead easily enough; dangerous speed. (3) CAULFIELD seems likely to get a piece, but at 0 for 15 this year, you can’t love him for the top spot.

Race 4

(2) MY BUDDY NINKSTER has been in some tough spots; notice how many times he lost to Freaky Feet Pete. Yannick in the bike is an added plus. (4) THISJETSABOOKIN looks great if you throw out the two recent starts from the second tier and outermost posts. (8) FOUR SOCKS could have been short after missing nearly six weeks of action; driver change is nice, too.

Race 5

(5) LONG TERM hasn’t been particularly sharp, but often a subtle change can make a difference. Scott Zeron picks up the lines this week and maybe a new set of hands will wake him up. (7) SUNDAY POKER & (6) STONEBRIDGE LYRIC are two capable speedsters that should be firing off the gate. (2) FLYING ROCKET adds Tim Tetrick and has the fastest win time this year of any in the field.

Race 6

(9) KING ME gets a monster driver change to Yannick Gingras and is somehow listed at 20-1 morning line. Maybe it is one of those sucker plays, but I think in this case you’ll see him get a big effort out of this veteran gelding. (2) BOSSA NOVA BABY comes with some risk as he dropped and broke last week despite racing well up in class in previous starts; capable question mark. (3) LEGAL BRIEF was short coming off the mini vacation; could show more.

Race 7

(4) IAM BONASERA has more ability than we’ve seen in recent weeks. The drop in class and driver change to Tim Tetrick should make a big difference. (7) JOLT OF WHISKEY comes out of the same races as the top choice where he put in similar efforts; Gingras drives. (10) BLUEHOURPOWER could be closing strong late if the pace is hot.

Race 8

(9) DOCTOR CARTER was competitive in the Invitational last time and won his last start at this level; Tim Tetrick drives. (1) ASTREO’S LOVE took plenty of air on the drop to this condition; must use. (10) AVALANCHE HANOVER is very sharp.

Race 9

(5) DEVIL CHILD has become a faster horse since moving into the Chris Oakes barn. I’m hoping that we get a reasonable price because of the presence of (4) SASSA HANOVER, who was a very good second in the Breeders Crown last time. (3) ROCKIN GOOD couldn’t be much sharper; tougher competition.

Race 10

(2) MUSCLE BABY DOLL isn’t as good as Mission Brief and Wild Honey, but she is better than this group. Muscle Mass-sired filly got back on track last time and is now reunited with David Miller. (4) LIVININTHEFASTLANE added Lasix and blew out a qualifier at Freehold. She has early speed and could be a sneaky play for second. (8) SPEAK TO ME has been rallying nicely of late; using on my tickets. (1) I’M SO FANCY deserves inclusion in your exotics but the value won’t be there like in recent weeks.

Race 11

(4) PINKMAN came up a tad short in the Breeders Crown, but with the off track and all, I’m not holding the race against him. Expect him to be close to the action and ready to pounce in the lane. Plus you may even get a decent price close to 2-1! (8) CRAZY WOW was fried on the lead in the Kentucky Futurity and wisely got some extra rest; very dangerous. (7) MUSCLE DIAMOND should enjoy the long stretch at Hoosier. (1) HOMICIDE HUNTER is perfect in 16 starts this year. He’ll need a wicked speed battle to beat this with his usual closing move; playing against as a likely underlay.

Race 12

While 2015 hasn’t worked out great for (1) FOILED AGAIN, he finds an absolutely perfect spot on Friday night. The $7,199,413 career earner could control the action and get a chance to show his guts in the lane. (5) JK ENDOFANERA is undoubtedly the sharpest horse in the field, but his best races have been from behind. Will Brett Miller leave? (2) ALL BETS OFF & (4) BETTOR’S EDGE are longer-shots with a chance.

Race 13

(3) FREAKY FEET PETE has now proven himself in the Breeders Crown and returns home for a rematch with (1) WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT, who trounced a field at Hoosier last week. I’m honestly not sure which horse has the edge, but I think Freaky will offer a slightly better price, so he gets my call. (7) LOST FOR WORDS should be heading to the front and get a big piece but just doesn’t seem to want to win lately.

Race 14

(4) LUCK BE A LINDY was second in 1:52 2/5 at Yonkers and won in 1:51 at Vernon. There is clearly talent here. (3) MOREMERCY BLUECHIP picked up her game in her second start with Lasix added. (8) IMAGINE DRAGON finished ahead of the former last time, but drew outside this week.

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