There may not be any of the big name racetracks open for racing on Monday, but there are plenty of events across North America. A total of 11 tracks are hosting events, with Fort Erie, Thistledown, and Delaware Park getting the action started at around 1:00 p.m. EST. Sunday was a good day for us at Belmont Park, with two winners out of three selections. A sweep would have been nice, though Walkoff came a place short of winning for us in Race 5. However, there are no complaints with a positive day at Belmont. We split our daily double at Gulfstream Park, so it could have been much better. Overall, though, it was a great weekend, especially thanks to the stakes wins at Churchill Downs with Midnight Bisou and Tom d’Etat.
Indiana Grand Race Course has ten races on the card Monday. If you’re looking at BetOnline, they still refer to Indiana Grand as Indiana Downs, which was their original name. It has since been changed to Indiana Grand Race Course, so just to avoid some confusion. We have a few picks at Indiana Grand today, with the first race on our ticket scheduled for 3:16 p.m. EST. Feel free to use the Daily Double with Race 3-4 or Race 4-5, whichever you feel more confident with, or both like I’m going to do. Head below for our free Indiana Grand Daily Double and Pick 3 selections for June 29, 2020.
Post Time: 3:16 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
Race 3 in Shelbyville will have 5 furlongs of racing on the dirt for a $15,000 purse. Eight horses are currently scheduled to run in the event. Da High Commission and Cambio are expected to be major players in the event. Da High Commission has finished 9th, 8th, 7th, 4th in her previous four outings. Overall in her career, she has been inconsistent with two finishes in the top-3, including a win on April 23, 2019 and 3rd on June 11, 2019.
However, besides that there isn’t anything to get excited about with Da High Commission. I just like her because this isn’t the toughest competition she’s had to face in her career. She finished 4th in her most recent event on October 25, 2019, which was for a $34,500 purse. Da High Commission didn’t belong in that class, but this race on Monday should be within reach for her.
Other than Cambio, there isn’t another horse in this race that is likely going to give her any problems.
Da High Commission is coming off a bit of a layoff, but has seemed to be in good form in morning workouts. She completed 4 furlongs at 48 and 48.60 seconds for what would appear to be solid work by Da High Commission in the morning. Whether that translates to the track on Monday remains to be seen. She is expected to face pressure from Cambio who made her debut at Tampa Bay Downs on May 1.
That was a promising run for Cambio, as she won as a first-time starter as a +640 horse. It was an unexpected performance by Cambio, but certainly welcome. She won over La Wapa by 2 ¾ lengths for a pretty easy day. Cambio had a 1 ¾ length lead at the top of the stretch and extended the lead to clear the field. If this were a race in a higher class, Cambio would have issues, but there isn’t much competition to speak of on Monday afternoon in Race 5.
Post Time: 3:44 p.m. EST
The stakes are raised in Race 4 with a mile of racing on the turf for a $37,000 purse. Stop Hammertime, Forwhomthebelltook, and Max Express are on my shortlist in this one. I give Stop Hammertime a slight edge over Here Comes Trey because of the better value on the morning-line. Stop Hammertime is 1 for 11 in his career with finishes of 7th, 5th, 7th, 4th, 2nd, 5th in his previous six races.
Before that stretch of no luck, Stop Hammertime won on August 21, 2019 and then went on a slide. Prior to that, though, Stop Hammertime finished 8th, 5th, 5th, so other than that win, it has been a struggle for him. That said, he came close in a similar race on October 29, 2019 to place a length behind for a win. He finished a stop behind Forwhomthebelltoll in his latest outing on June 16.
Max Express is 1 for 17 in his career, but was coming on strong with eight straight outings in the top-3. It was frustrating for Max Express not to get over the hump and into the winner’s circle. He was a machine if you just tailed him to show in races. Max Express’s run came to an end in his most recent performance on June 16. He finished 6th behind Stop Hammertime and Forwhomthebelltoll. It just wasn’t a good run and he was a non-factor.
Forwhomthebelltoll has already beaten his top rivals in this race prior to today. He is a winner in 1 of 6 races, with a win on October 18, 2019. Forwhomthebelltoll beat Moonshine Justice by 2 lengths for the top prize in a $34,000 purse. Since then he’s finished 4th in back-to-back races, which doesn’t look too great, but was fast enough to beat Stop Hammertime and Max Express in both outings. Forwhomthebelltoll appears to be a good option in Race 4.
Post Time: 4:12 p.m. EST
Race 5 features the second-highest purse of the day with $35,000 on offer at Indiana Grand on Monday. A mile on the dirt will be run to determine a winner in Race 5. Comfort Me Now, Printer Jam, and Big Fudge have the best chances of winning today. Comfort Me Now gets the No. 8 post position and might be able to surprise.
He won three races ago on October 29, 2019 with his strongest performance in recent memory. Comfort Me Now won by a length over Stop Hammertime in a very impressive showing. However, he was unable to build on that win, and finished 5th and 4th in his next two outings for a $39,000 purse in both events.
Overall, Comfort Me Now is 2 for 23 in his career. Both wins were as one of the favorites in the race. If he were to win today, it’d be the first time Comfort Me Now won as a decently sized underdog. Prior to winning in October, he finished 4th, 5th, 4th so there’s been some inconsistencies with him. A couple of recent 4-furlong workouts in June looked good, with times of 49.60 and 49.20 seconds.
Everyone is likely going to be gunning for Big Fudge in this event. Big Fudge is the most accomplished horse here, and could be getting a class bump if he proves to be dominant again. He is 2 for 4 in his career, with wins in 2 of his previous 3 outings. Big Fudge finished 5th in his debut on August 31, 2019 and has been a threat ever since.
He followed his debut up with a win on November 2, 2019 by 4 lengths, and then won again in his latest performance on June 16. Big Fudge notched the win by a half length over Thatswhatithought for a $37,000 purse. If Big Fudge runs like he’s capable of, then another win should be within reach on Monday.