You won’t find any of the big tracks racing on Tuesday, but BetOnline still has a healthy menu of eight thoroughbred racecourses operating today in North America. The biggest of which might be Indiana Grand in Shelbyville. There aren’t any stakes races on the schedule today. The next stakes event is a small $75,000 event at Thistledown on Thursday afternoon. Saturday has wall-to-wall action from the east to west coast, though. Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park have the biggest races on offer Saturday. Santa Anita intended to open their fall meet last year, but was pushed back because of the air quality as a result of the wildfires.
Indiana Grand is putting on a ten-race card with a total of $216,500 available. We’re going to take a shot with the Daily Double and Pick 3 on Tuesday at TheSportsGeek. You can play a total of three tickets between the three races. Two Daily Double tickets for Race 6-7 and 7-8 and then the full Pick 3 for Race 6-8. Head below for our free Indiana Grand Daily Double and Pick 3 selections for September 22, 2020.
Post Time: 4:40 p.m. EST
Race 6 is the feature race of the day at Indiana Grand. Nine horses are expected to cover a mile on the turf for a $35,000 purse. Lettem Bern and Strong Illusion should have a good chance of capturing the top prize in the feature event.
She hasn’t had the most success in her career, having finished outside of the top-3 in 10 of 11 career races. However, in a race that shouldn’t prove to be as difficult, Lettem Bern is going to have a chance in this one.
The only complaint, and it’s a big one, with Lettem Bern is the fact that she has shown evidence of weakening in the stretch in shorter races than this. 6 and 6 ½ furlong races have revealed Lettem Bern getting weaker the deeper she gets into races.
The mare is competing at a mile here, so that could prove to be an issue. In any event, she hasn’t had success at the shorter distances either. We’ll see if she prefers this distance. Strong Illusion has less experience, but has already shown more consistency. She has finished in the top-2 in 3 of 5 races. Lettem Bern is still trying to find place money 12 races into her career.
Strong Illusion placed 2nd behind Express Lady in a $35,000 race on August 11. That was a solid run, but came ¾ lengths short as the favorite. In her follow up race, Strong Illusion faltered and finished 5th versus a tough field. This is not as tough. Expect Strong Illusion to run up to expectations in this winnable spot.
Post Time: 5:08 p.m. EST
We’ll head over to Race 7 for our next stop at Indiana Grand. This is for a $10,000 purse on the dirt for 6 furlongs. Kee She and Matildas Magic could get into a fierce duel in the stretch in this event. Kee She has finished 7th, 4th, 8th, 7th, 3rd in her career leading up to Tuesday.
She most recently showed for the first time in her career. Kee She showed 3rd for the best performance of her career on September 9. That was for a $14,000 purse. This should be slightly easier for Kee She on Tuesday afternoon. Kee She will likely have to deal with Matildas Magic.
Matildas Magic is coming off a sharp performance after finishing 7th, 7th, 9th, 6th. She placed 2nd on July 23 for the best performance of her five-race carer. That was for a $14,000 purse, so Kee She and Matildas Magic will meet fresh off the best efforts of their careers. Matildas Magic was running a 6-furlong trek in that race, while Kee She was running at 5 ½ furlongs.
Matildas Magic was getting stronger as her race progressed. She was 7th at the ½ pole and then drove hard to place 2nd. A little more room and she might have caught Flat Out Minkie, but she was driving as well. Conversely, Kee She was regarded as having a mild bid in the stretch to finish 3rd. I’m going to give Matildas Magic the edge in this 6-furlong event.
Post Time: 5:36 p.m. EST
The final leg of our Pick 3 at Indiana Grand takes us to Race 8. This event will feature a $19,000 purse for a mile of racing on the turf. Fever Temple is likely the horse to beat, but Major Sparks must be a runner to note as well.
Major Sparks is down in class after finishing 6th, 6th, 5th, 5th in his previous four entries. Going nowhere, Major Sparks will look for an easy assignment. In his previous outing, he was 5th in a $34,500 event.
There were 11 other horses in that race, so Major Sparks did manage to finish in the top half. That’s a small win for Major Sparks and his connections. Down in class for a $19,000 race on Tuesday, we should probably expect to see a much different result here.
Last September and October. In his win, Major Sparks proved that he can win in that class. In the only win of his career, he won by 1 ½ lengths in a $33,000 race. However, that same form hasn’t been present in a while, hence the drop to a $19,000 race for Tuesday.
Fever Temple is 1 for 22 in his career and is in good form going into Tuesday. He’s probably in the best form, with two efforts in the top-3 recently. Fever Temple placed 2nd in his most recent performance on August 25. That race was for a $34,500 purse, so he’s dropping in class as well, though Fever Temple has had more success recently.
His workouts have been particularly impressive. Fever Temple completed 4 furlongs in 47.20 and 47.80 seconds in August and most recently on September 14. If his form holds on Tuesday, then it’s going to be tough for the other runners to keep up.