We’re only two days away from a huge day of racing on the Fourth of July in the US. It’s going to be a stakes racing bonanza, with several notable races on the docket. If you are searching for the most important of the day, you can find the Belmont Park card which features five graded events worth $100,000 or more.
The Metropolitan Stakes and Manhattan Stakes will garner the most attention on Saturday. $900,000 is on offer between those two Grade 1 races. All I care about is cashing winning horses, and big stakes races have been awfully good to me.
The last big day at Belmont Park, we swept and went four for four, including a Belmont Stakes win on Tiz the Law. We’ll have you covered for July 4 at Belmont Park. I was hoping that Major League Baseball would be starting their season then, but a day of racing at Belmont Park won’t be so bad.
On Thursday we’re in Indiana at Indiana Grand Race Course for a few selections. Yesterday was a day to throw in the trash can with nothing positive to speak of. You are going to have those days when it comes to horse racing, but if you win more than you lose, which has been the case, you’re in great shape. Head below for our free Indiana Grand Race Course Pick 3 selection for July 2, 2020.
Post Time: 2:48 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
6 furlongs on the dirt for a $20,000 purse will get us started at Indiana Grand on Thursday. Time Heist and Super Thor are on my shortlist, with an honorable mention to You’re in Corey. Super Thor is coming off the best run of his career on August 28, 2019. He finished 2nd behind Speightstownpirate by 3 ¾ lengths and then went on a layoff. Prior to that event, Super Thor finished 9th, 6th, 4th so it was a nice step forward.
He will be a threat if he continues to build on that performance today. Super Thor is going to have fresh legs going into this one, with only a couple of workouts to note in the last two weeks. He completed 4 furlongs at 48.40 seconds and 5 at 1:02.20. Expect to find Super Thor giving a good go at the top prize in Race 2.
Time Heist is in search of his first win, but showed great form on April 9 in his most recent performance. He placed 2nd to finish 1 ¼ lengths behind Hidden Promise at Oaklawn Park. It was the second time in four races that Time Heist placed in his career, though he’s still looking for that elusive first win. His most recent workout on June 25 was pretty impressive for a time of 1:01.60. That form should be enough in this event. The competition level that Time Heist has to deal with here isn’t too steep.
Post Time: 3:16 p.m. EST
Off we go to the turf for our second selection at Indiana Grand on Thursday. This is the co-feature event of the day for a $34,500 purse across a mile of racing on the grass. It’s likely going to come down to Victor’s Deal and Strong Tide. Victor’s Deal has the advantage out of the gate along the inside rail, but at a mile, that advantage isn’t going to mean much in the final furlong. In any event, expect Victor’s Deal to present a bold effort on Thursday afternoon. He has been coming close and showing great consistency lately.
Victor’s Deal has been in the money off in recent outings, as he’s finished 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd in his previous four performances. Since May 8, 2019, Victor’s Deal has been in the top-3 in 10 of his previous 12 races. He’s 1 for 16 in his career, with his win a while back on July 31, 2019 at Indiana Grand. He won over Colonial Composer by 1 ¾ lengths. Victor’s Deal finished 3rd on November 5, 2019 and then went on a bit of a layoff.
His workouts have been in good order, with times of 49.40 seconds at 4 furlongs, and 5 furlongs at 1:01.69 and 1:01.40. The only problem for Victor’s Deal is that he hasn’t exactly tested himself. Instead of chasing after bigger purses, Victor’s Deal has hovered in the same class and gone after easier money. He’s been grinding away nicely for that place money in several outings.
Strong Tide was running after bigger purses without too much success. Now he’s down at a more comfortable level that might see him register much different results. Strong Tide finished 8th, 8th, 5th, 4th after jumping up in class beginning on November 30, 2019. This was after Strong Tide had a strong run in the Indiana Futurity (Black Type) for 2nd on November 5, 2019. He finished 1 ¼ lengths behind Mai Tai as a massive underdog, but came up just short. It was a nice effort, though.
That was the second stakes race of Strong Tide’s Career. He was 4th in the Hillsdale Stakes (Black Type) on September 11, 2019. While Victor’s Deal has the results on paper, Strong Tide has been running after bigger paydays. It didn’t go swimmingly for him, but he’s back at a winnable level for Thursday. Anything less than a win for Strong Tide against this competition would be a major disappointment.
Post Time: 3:44 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
We are back on the dirt for Race 4 at Indiana Grand. This event will include 5 ½ furlongs for a $14,000 purse. Who Wants What, Sparkling Justice, and Talkinaboutmygirl stand solid chances at the top prize in Race 4. Who Wants What finished 9th on June 16 as a first-time starter. That wasn’t an ideal debut on the racetrack, though she tested himself in a tricky event right out of the gate as a rookie runner. That was for a $35,000 purse, so she is cutting that more than in half on Thursday. Who Wants What could sneak up and be a bit of a surprise in this event.
Sparkling Justice is making her fifth outing on Thursday. She has finished 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 6th, 4th and is scheduled to make one of the easiest races of her career today. Sparkling Justice finished a neck behind Talkinaboutmygirl in her most recent race on June 15. Talkinaboutmygirl had the lead in that race, but let it get away. That was for a $35,000 purse. If everything that transpired in that race happens today, then she’ll easily be able to turn 3rd into a victory in this one. Sparkling Justice ran 4 furlongs at 49.80 seconds in the morning on May 31.
Talkinaboutmygirl made her stakes debut on October 8, 2019 and faltered. She finished 8th and clearly didn’t belong in that event. Overall, Talkinaboutmygirl has gone 5th, 11th, 4th, 2nd, 4th, 8th, 3rd in her career. Like the other participants in Race 4, Talkinaboutmygirl is looking for her first win. Talkinaboutmygirl is expected to have the easiest path to a win in this one. She is battle tested versus her competition and has already proven to be a better horse than her biggest challenger on Thursday, Sparkling Justice. Expect a close battle at the wire with Talkinaboutmygirl have the edge.