Indiana Grand is one of the more well-known racetracks with a card on Tuesday. Indiana Downs, Thistledown, and Parx likely combine for the biggest purses today. The Indiana Derby is coming up soon. It will take place on July 8 and will be a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. 20 points will be awarded to the winner.
The $500,000 purse will attract a strong field that should be one to look out for. Mark your calendars for July 8 in Indiana. The Road to the Kentucky Derby is going to be exciting this summer. We’ve never experienced anything like it before, but all of these important races that go towards the Derby in the summer softens the blow of losing the Kentucky Derby in May.
The Belmont Stakes is already in the books. We have to wait until October for the Triple Crown finale with the Preakness Stakes, but it should be worth it. Tiz the Law is not only going to be the favorite for the Kentucky Derby, but you have to start thinking that this Barclay Tagg trainee has a good chance of winning the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby is going to be the one for Tiz the Law. It should be the more difficult event between that and the Preakness.
If he continues to run in the same form we’ve seen the last few months, we could have another Triple Crown winner. I am without a doubt not taking my eyes off Cezanne, though. He is a $3.65-million colt that should not be ignored. His odds are around +1200 pretty well everywhere right now, way down from around +5500 earlier. For today, though, let’s see what Indiana Grand has in store for us on Tuesday. Head below for our free Indiana Grand Race Course Pick Daily Double and Pick 3 selections for June 23, 2020.
Post Time: 2:48 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Our Pick 3 at Indiana Grand will begin with Race 2. Nine horses are scheduled to run 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $22,000 purse. Devils Daughter, Perfect Justice, and Nutcracker Ballet all have decent or a good chance to win this race. I will give a decent chance to Perfect Justice and Devils Daughter and good to Nutcracker Ballet. Perfect Justice gets the No. 9 post position in this race and I believe is on event terms with Devil Daughter.
With that in mind, the morning-line on Devils Daughter would be more appealing than what Perfect Justice is getting. Perfect Justice will be in the mix, though. The only thing with her is the layoff since May. She was a first-time starter on May 17, 2019 and ran well for 2nd behind Miss Tizcat for 2nd. Her recent workouts have checked out well, with a time of 47.80 seconds on June 16 in her most recent outing.
Devils Daughter has a bit more experience and drops a class going into Tuesday. She has finished 8th, 5th, 2nd, 5th, 6th in her career. That isn’t good at all, but this will be the easiest task for Devils Daughter since she placed on January 16 at Turfway. You will have to take her into consideration in Race 2. She should have a tough time getting the top prize with Nutcracker Ballet involved here, though.
Nutcracker Ballet doesn’t have that experience and enters with a similar story as Perfect Justice. She hasn’t raced since December 6, 2019, but it was a very strong effort. Nutcracker Ballet finished 2nd by a half length behind Run Like Rev. She showed excellent drive from the top of the stretch to the wire. In 7th at that point, Nutcracker Ballet caught fire and nearly stole the show away from the field. That was at 5 ½ furlongs, and I think if there were 6 furlongs, the win would have been Nutcracker Ballet. I’m on board with Nutcracker Ballet to open our Pick 3 ticket.
Post Time: 3:16 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Moving on to the next race at Race 3 at Indiana Grand on Tuesday. This event will be where our Daily Double ticket begins. For Race 3, we’ve noted Toothpic and Giant’s Forrest on our shortlist. I give Giant’s Forrest the edge over the other underdogs in this one. Giant’s Forrest has gone 2 for 25 in his career. His last win was back on February 18, 2019 at Mahoning Valley. Since then, Giant’s Forrest has shown a few times in 12 races. The good news for Giant’s Forrest is that two of the 3rd place finishes came in recent races.
He finished 5th on March 17 in his last outing after 3rd on February 3 and March 2. His workouts haven’t been incredibly impressive, but against this field, the form might hold up. He ran 4 furlongs at 51.60 seconds and 1:05.40 at 5 furlongs on June 9. I think he might be worth some small consideration in this one. He will really have to worry about Toothpic the most in Race 3.
Toothpic is a strong competitor who enters Tuesday with plenty to like. In four races in 2020, Toothpic has finished 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 2nd in four events. He was incredibly strong on January 18 for a win by 1 ¼ lengths over Libor Plus at Turfway. It was another strong performance for Toothpic in his latest effort on February 28, though he just didn’t have enough in the tank to bypass Thorpe d’Oro. A similar performance should be sufficient for a win. Recent workouts for Toothpic have been strong with registered times of 1:01.60, 1:00.80, and 1:01.60. This is your lucky winner in Race 3 at Indiana Grand on Tuesday.
Post Time: 3:44 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 4 is the feature event of the day at Indiana Grand Race Course for $36,500. We should have a quality battle brewing between Shacklelackalacka and Copper Nickel. Expect to find Bribe from the No. 1 post position in the race as well. Bribe is coming off a nice win on October 1, 2019 at Indiana Grand. She is coming off a bit of a layoff, but looked strong on that day for a 6 ¾ length win over Rockette Dancer. It was the fourth time in five races that Bribe finished in the top-2. However, in six other races in his career, Bribe didn’t finish in the top-3. In any event, if Bribe is in the same form as October, expect her to be a major player for Race 4.
Shacklelackalacka is 2 for 4 in her career with wins on August 23, 2019 and October 25, 2019. In the other two races, Shacklelackalacka finished 3rd on July 13 and 6th on September 17, 2019. In his last outing, she beat Catlike by 5 ½ lengths in an impressive effort as the betting favorite. Shacklelackalacka goes into Tuesday as the slim favorite on the morning-line. Her workouts have been fine, but nothing highly noteworthy. She completed 4 furlongs at 50.40 and 48.80 seconds in June.
Copper Nickel is the winner of the Miss Indiana Stakes 2019. She started out her career 3rd, 1st, 1st with a win in the Miss Indiana Stakes on November 5, 2019. That prompted a class upgrade to Oaklawn Park, where Copper Nickel searched out bigger purses. It didn’t go well, as Copper Nickel finished 6th, 4th, 5th. Now she is back at Indiana Grand searching for easier opponents. In the race she finished 4th in, Copper Nickel was a huge underdog, so it wasn’t a bad performance. The same goes for 6th, and to a lesser extent the 5th place finish on April 23 in her latest race. In every event, she was greater than +1000 at post time. Back down in a more comfortable race, expect to see Copper Nickel perform like she was in 2019 when she was in Indiana.