Hoosier Madness

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 3, 2008 in Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Other Events | No Comments >>

Tucked back in the cornfields of Anderson, Indiana is a quaint little track that is growing with leaps and bounds. Horses are chasing the slot monies, and the fans are really enjoying the sport. It looks like more than corn has taken root in Indy.

After handicapping with WinningPonies.com, I have come away with a runner that may pay a little better than expected.

The race is the Hoosier Derby. They contest the race at 1 1/16th, and it is a G-2 event. Not bad for a track on the grow. It is slated to go off at 5:40 p.m., and is the 9th race on the card.

I have come away with a runner by the name of Pyro. Yes, Pyro… He is opening up at 5-2, can you believe that? He is starting out of the 12 post, and hence the price… He has been facing MUCH tougher this year. The G-1’s looked to be a little much, but this level is just what the doctor ordered. He exits the G-1 Travers at Saratoga where Colonel John won by a whisker. Pyro finished a solid 3rd.

His last race at a 1 1/16 was the Northern Dancer at Churchill where he won by an easy two lengths as the odds on favorite. He is FLAGGED with a couple of key notes from WinningPonies that has me all over this runner. He has the “Has Improved” flag up, and most importantly the “Dropping in Class” sign. Add both of these up and you get a winner.

Now, add the 12 post, and most of the public will lose faith. This is where you come in. Take a look at the race, and throw some tiered hot runners underneath in exactas and tri’s.

Some think 5-2 is no bargain. But if you saw $7 on the ground would you pick it up? You better believe you would. I plan to pick it up as much as my wallet allows. I suggest you take a real hard look. If you get 5-2, bet early and often…