As I noted yesterday, Indiana Grand is off and running in Indiana with horse racing. The Caesars Entertainment facility opened on Monday with its first racecard since before the lockdown. They are planning on racing until July 4 without fans. The idea is to get fans in the seats for the Indiana Derby on July 8, which is Indiana Grand’s crown jewel. It will be used as a qualifying event for the Kentucky Derby. Points will be awarded. It felt weird to watch without fans in attendance at the start of this ordeal. However, now it’s going to feel weird with fans and activity at tracks.
You won’t have to wait that long for fans at the races. Delaware Park opens tomorrow, and when I say open, they’re opening up with the public. If casinos around the country are open, then racetracks have to start considering doing the same with protocols implemented. Delaware Park is coming out of the gates swinging with fans. They should benefit greatly from this. A bump in handle will be there off-track without sports still at a standstill in the US, and they’re going to get 100% of the money at the window on location at Delaware Park.
Along with Delaware Park, Charles Town in West Virginia is intending on allowing fans now. That said, when you tune-in to the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, there will be no fans. That’s going to feel weird, and it would feel even weirder if the Kentucky Derby has nobody there. Indiana Grand won’t have fans on Tuesday, but the horses will be racing. Head below for our free Indiana Grand Pick 3 selections for June 16, 2020.
Post Time: 2:20 p.m. EST
The day will start at Indiana Grand with eight horses racing for a $11,000 purse. It will be 5 furlongs on the dirt to get started in Indiana. Wolowitz, Lucky Lookin, and Speightstownpirate will probably be up for strong performances in Race 1. Speightstownpirate was a DNF in his most recent race in September. He was 11th at the top of the stretch and faded off. Speightstownpirate was a massive underdog in that race. This was after Speightstownpirate finished 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 1st.
That’s what happens sometimes when a horse jumps in class. ‘This race won’t be nearly as difficult as that event on September 18, 2019. However, it’s unlikely going to be an easy route to a win. He is going to be involved in the stretch, but I just don’t know if he has enough kick in him. Speightstownpirate completed a 3-furlong at 36.60 seconds and 4-furlong at 51.40 seconds in May and June. Nothing wrong with that, just not anything head turning.
Lucky Lookin was a bit faster than Speightstownpirate at 4 furlongs with a time of 50.60 seconds on June 7. He has a win in 12 races, with finishes of 2nd, 8th, 2nd, 4th. After winning on July 6, 2019, Lucky Lookin has gone winless in nine straight outings. That said, he’s finished in the top-3 in 5 of 9 races since then. Expect Lucky Looking to be in the mix against this competition on Tuesday. He’s likely going to find Wolowitz his toughest opponent in Race 1.
Wolowitz is coming off a win and in search of back-to-back wins on Tuesday. He won by 3 ¾ lengths as a favorite on May 18. The win came after he placed for the first time in his five-race career on March 14. He has finished 7th, 6th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, so Wolowitz has progressively gotten better throughout his young career. His workouts have been in order, with 50 and 49.60 second since the win in May. He looks like a strong contender for the win.
Post Time: 2:48 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
Our Pick 3 at Indiana Grand on Tuesday will continue with Race 2, which is the feature race of the day with a $37,000 purse. For a Tuesday race at Indiana Grand, that’s a nice purse for the participants in Race 2. Max Express and A Little Irradic are likely going to be the front runners in the event.
A Little Irradic has some stakes racing experience on his resume, with appearances in six of them. His best finishes were in the Hillsdale Stakes (Black Type) for 2nd on September 12, 2019, and 2nd in the ITOBA Stallion Season Stakes two races ago on October 19, 2019. A Littel Irradic was weak in his response to that race for 4th on November 2, 2019.
A Little Irradic has been in the stable and only out for workouts since then. He’s coming off a bit of a layoff. His workouts have been encouraging, with times of 48.60 seconds at 4 furlongs and 1:01.00 and 1:00.80 at 5 furlongs. That is fine form to put A Little Irradic into the equation for Race 2. Overall, he has a win in 13 races. Max Express might be too much to handle for A Little Irradic, though.
While A Little Irradic is inconsistent, Max Express has been the more consistent pony. Max Express is a model of consistency. He has finished in the top-3 in eight straight races. In his most recent effort on November 5, 2019, Max Express placed behind Slovak Power by 1 ¼ lengths. He had the lead at the ¾ pole, but just didn’t have enough in him to continue pushing hard.
The workouts haven’t been overly impressive for Max Express, he completed 4 furlongs with times of 51.40, 51.20, and 51.40 seconds. Overall, he’s a winner in 1 of 16 races with a win on April 27, 2019. While Max Express has been more consistent on paper, A Little Irradic has been in tougher races. The Sagamore Stakes on May 22, 2019 is the only stakes race for Max Express in his career, where he finished 4th. There should be better value on A Little Irradic at post time.
Post Time: 3:16 p.m. EST
Race 3 features 1-mile of racing for a $14,000 purse on the turf. Blunt Force, Trophy Doll, and Hollee Peach are on my shortlist. Blunt Force is coming off a win on June 13 and February 25 three races ago. She won by a half length over The Aurelia Factor, followed it up for 9th in April, but came back strong to win again just three days ago by ¾ lengths at Churchill Downs. She isn’t going to be rusty, we do know that much. For the price on the morning-line, I prefer Blunt Force a bit over Hollee Peach who is looking for a hat-trick on Monday.
Hollee Peach has won her last two races, but will have to navigate through tougher competition on Tuesday. Blunt Force and Trophy Doll are a couple of foes that she didn’t have to deal with in those two wins at Turfway Park. Hollee Peach won by ¾ lengths over A Wicked Wildcat as a favorite, and then 6 ¼ lengths as a favorite on March 5 in her most recent race. The road wasn’t that clear for Hollee Peach going into that race, though. In tougher races, she finished in the top-3 just once in eight events.
Trophy Doll has been a consistent producer, and this has been against some quality talent at several tracks across the US. The Irish bred Trophy Doll has finished in the top-3 in 5 of her previous 6 races. She’s placed in each of her previous two races, by a neck and a half length. If she runs in that form today, it’s likely going to be enough. Trophy Doll is coming off a layoff since, but has been in good form in the morning. I suggest taking a hard look at her in Race 3. It might not be a clear win, though Trophy Doll should be strong today.