We’re off and running at Indiana Grand on Wednesday afternoon. Tuesday proved to be a big day for us at Parx and Mountaineer. Mountaineer on Tuesday evening was especially promising with a sweep to make it a profitable night in West Virginia. It would be nice to follow up with another winning day Wednesday. Indiana Grand has nine races on the board for a total of $182,000. Monetary wise this is the smallest day of the week at Indiana Grand. Purse money gets up to $230,000 tomorrow and then $281,000 on Monday.
There are just four prep races left on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The next up is the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar this weekend, and then the biggest remaining race, the Travers Stakes (Gr. 1), next weekend for a $1,000,000 purse at Saratoga. The winner will earn 100 points towards entry to the Kentucky Derby.
A lot of the elite horses already have enough points to gain entry, but a win in the Travers for an outsider would mean an automatic ticket to the Kentucky Derby on Labor Day Weekend at Churchill Downs. There are no big events at Indiana Grand today, but that doesn’t mean we can’t cash two or three tickets. Head below for our free Indiana Grand Daily Double and Pick 3 selections for July 29, 2020.
Post Time: 2:20 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 Mile 70 Yards
Race 1 will get our Daily Double and Pick 3 ticket started at Indiana Grand. You have the option at BetOnline of using Race 1-2 or 2-3 as a Daily Double bet. Of course, you can do both on separate tickets as well. Let’s get off to a good start in Race 1, which covers a mile and 70 yards on the dirt for a $14,000 purse. Juliano and B R Cooper are my favorite horses in this event. B R Cooper isn’t getting much respect on the morning-line at 5/1 odds, but might be able to get close.
B R Cooper is winless in the first 22 races of his career. It has not been pretty for B R Cooper, but he’s finally moving down in class after getting nowhere in races for purses in the $30,000 range. That’s a smart move, though it came several races too late. B R Cooper has finished 6th, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 7th in his previous six races.
In 22 races, B R Cooper has placed in four races, so he hasn’t exactly been close to the front in the vast majority of races in his career. That said, I will say the class drop to a $14,000 race will do him wonders. I don’t know if B R Cooper is going to win here, but it might be one of the better performances of his career. It really can’t get much worse, but this should provide B R Cooper with a chance at the winner’s circle.
Juliano will be the horse to beat in Race 1. He is searching for his first win, too. However, it would happen in Juliano’s 15th race. He’s winless in 14 races going into today, but showed promise on July 12 in a $15,000 event. Juliano lost by 1 ¼ lengths after showing nice kick in the stretch. He rode hard from 4th at the top of the stretch to almost winning at the wire.
Like B R Cooper, Juliano has typically struggled to compete up front, with that race only the second time he’s placed in his career. However, this is by far the easiest assignment of Juliano’s career. He’s not a strong horse by any means, but he should win by default due to his competition in this one. As long as Juliano shows up to race, he should be the winner. This bet is a little chalky, but in a multi-race wager I’m fine with it.
Post Time: 2:48 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
The next wager of our multi-bet ticket includes Race 2, which features 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $15,000 purse. Touching Rainbows and Westwood Proud are expected to be leading contenders for the win here. Westwood Proud is 3 for 12 and receiving an easier assignment on Wednesday. He has the potential to run better than he has been recently. Since winning on July 7, 2019, Westwood Proud has finished 3rd, 10th, 9th, 4th, 9th in his previous five outings. He won last July at Ellis Park over One for Richie by 1 ¼ lengths in a $23,000 event.
Since that win, Westwood Proud has primarily been running in races for prize money of over $30,000. He’s back down in class for Wednesday, and might be ready to strike again in easier company. In his most recent performance, Westwood Proud was overmatched in a $38,000 race. Westwood Proud finished 9th, which was only good enough to beat one other hore on the day. He has finished in the top-3 in 6 of 12 career races. In this manageable class, expect to see Westwood Proud running closely to the front.
Touching Rainbows is getting a class drop, too, and he has experience in some big events. He has raced in four graded events in his career, and eight stakes races in total out of 25 races in his career. Touching Rainbows is 8 for 25, with wins in events much more difficult than this. The best effort of his career had to be in the Bing Crosby Stakes (Gr. 1) on July 28, 2018. Touching Rainbows ran well enough to show in that $300,000 race.
He has finished 1st, 3rd, 7th, 5th in his previous four outings. Those races were for $50,000, $44,000, $61,000, and $37,000. In other words, Race 2 on Wednesday is a big slide down the class scale for Touching Rainbows. He is coming off a very strong workout on July 22, with a time of 47.20 seconds over 4 furlongs. Anything less than a win in this company would be a disappointment for Touching Rainbows.
Post Time: 3:16 p.m. EST
Race 3 is the final leg of our Pick 3 card on Wednesday at Indiana Grand. One more horse and we’re sitting pretty today. Violation and Little Code should prove to be tough outs for the rest of the field. They should shine above the rest in this race. Violation is 7 for 24 in her career and has some stakes racing experience. Well, one race of stakes experience in the Flashy Lady Stakes (Black Type) on September 29, 2019.
She finished 5th in the $50,000 event, which is a small purse for a stakes race. Since then, Violation hasn’t been able to get too much further ahead. She has finished 4th, 7th, 6th, 8th, 8th in her previous five outings. Her last two outings were pretty disappointing, with 8th place finishes in each performance.
Violation has steadily gone down in class since the Flashy Lady Stakes and landed in a $32,500 race in her most recent outing on June 17. She faded and I’m sure her connections were thinking of easing her in class before that race even finished. There isn’t much lower that Violation can go, so improvements must be made soon. She completed a couple of 4-furlong workouts in July, with recorded times of 51.40 and 49 seconds.
Little Code will likely be her only competition in Race 3. She was brought down in her most recent race and that took her to the winner’s circle. Little Code beat Big Blue Magic by 1 ¾ lengths. She has appeared in two stakes races, with a showing in the Ricks Memorial Stakes (Black Type) on September 30, 2018 for a 7th place finish, and again in the Ricks Memorial Stakes a year later with improvements made, as Little Code placed 2nd in the $75,000 race.
That performance provided a bit of false hope because Little Code stayed up in class in the next six races, with her best finish 3rd on February 15 at Sam Houston. Little Code found this level of competition to be quite beatable in her last outing and she’ll stay in this class for a $15,000 purse. I’m not as confident in Little Code as I am in Touching Rainbows, but this is a winnable race in a class she should feel comfortable in.