Wednesday has a healthy card of action on the racetrack. There are nine courses with cards this afternoon and evening at BetOnline. If you want afternoon racing there’s enough of that, and in the evening hours there’s Penn National and Charles Town with late starts. Post time will be the latest at Charles Town, which is scheduled to begin racing at 7:00 p.m. EST. Keeneland is the most notable racetrack that is operating on Wednesday in Lexington.
Oaklawn Park is going to be home to the biggest races this weekend. There are two $1,000,000 events at Oaklawn Park, including the only Grade 1 event with the running of the Apple Bottom Handicap. The Road to the Kentucky Derby schedule is complete, so there are no more prep races with the Kentucky Derby only three weeks away.
We will get started on Wednesday at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville. Indiana Grand is holding a ten-race card on Wednesday, which is the opening week for the spring and summer meet. A total of $$273,000 in prize money is available Wednesday. Head below for our free Indiana Grand picks for April 14, 2021.
Post Time: 2:56 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
In Race 2 at Indiana Grand, eight horses are scheduled to run 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt. You can likely find Carry On and Rainys Girl fighting for positioning in the stretch. Carry On has finished 8th, 5th, 1st, 8th, 2nd in her career. In her win, Carry On beat Until Now by a nose for a $13,000 purse. That was a nice effort from Carry On as a fairly sizable longshot.
Carry On responded going 8th and 2nd in her next two performances. She was in good form on March 18, placing 2nd behind Ice Blink by 1 ½ lengths in a $10,000 event. It really depends which horse shows up to run on this afternoon. If Carry On runs like that again, she should be close, but likely comes up a bit short.
Rainys Girl has gone 2nd and 1st for a nice start to her career. She placed 2nd behind Kee She by 1 length for a $8,600 purse. Rainys Girl came back to win on March 17 with a 9 ¾ length blowout over Dunwoody in a $9,800 event. Going by that performance, and a recent 1:00.00 workout at 5 furlongs, Rainys Girl should find a jump to a $11,000 assignment winnable as well.
Post Time: 5:31 p.m. EST
Race 7 is one of the bigger events at Indiana Grand on Wednesday. A $35,000 purse across 5 furlongs of racing sets the stage for this one. Royal Icing and Sky Judge must be taken into consideration in Race 7. Sky Judge has finished 8th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 4th in his career. He is coming off one of his best performances on March 28.
Sky Judge finished 4th in a $22,000 event. This was the first time that Sky Judge has done better than 7th in his career. He’s had problems staying in form deep in the stretch, weakening and faltering. 5 furlongs should suit him a lot better after running out of steam in races longer than 6 furlongs. Despite his early career struggles, expect more out of Sky Judge today.
Royal Icing is in consistent form with three straight outings placing 2nd. In his latest outing, Royal Icing placed 2nd behind Overthetopjustice. Overthetopjustic was the first favorite and Royal Icing the second, so the result lined up with the money.
Prior to that effort, Royal Icing was 2nd behind Sudden Shift, again for a $35,000 purse. He underwent a gelding operation since his most recent race on November 11. With experience in this class, and a layoff to freshen up, look for Royal Icing to be the horse the rest have to beat in the stretch.
Post Time: 6:33 p.m. EST
The final selection is the feature race at Indiana Grand. 12 horses are scheduled to participate, with Shy Money and Starlet Express worth a look. Starlet Express has appeared in two races in her career, finishing 1st and 4th. She was great as a first-time runner on July 14, with a 1 length win over Passing On By for a $35,000 purse. Starlet Express talked in 2nd throughout that race and got going at the perfect moment to drive clear.
Her next outing was less successful, but still a decent go of it on August 26. Starlet Express finished 4th in a $32,500 event. It was an alright effort, though a drop in form was noted, especially once deep into the stretch run. She has been timed in March with times of 48.40 and 48.20 seconds at 4 furlongs, and 1:02.40 and 1:01.40 at 5 furlongs, and looks ready to go following the layoff.
Shy Money is fresh off a layoff as well, and has been blazing hot in recent workouts. She was recently clocked at 59.60 seconds on March 22 at 5 furlongs and 47.40 seconds at 4 furlongs on April 5. Shy Money has followed a similar path as Starlet Express, winning as a rookie, but then falling off as a sophomore runner. She defeated Big Blue Emu by 5 ¾ lengths for an impressive $35,000 debut on October 21, 2020.
He came back in November to finish 5th for a $34,500 purse. Since going on a break, Shy Money has been operating in fine form in workouts. She certainly looks good to go, and could possibly see a class jump to the next level given her workouts combined with a big performance on Wednesday. I will side with Shy Money to edge out Starlet Express.