Indiana Grand Race Course has ten races on tap in Shelbyville on Thursday. Business has been booming at the race window, whether an off-track establishment or the virtual window online. They witnessed record-breaking numbers in the first week, with $9.8 million wagered through the first four cards. That was on just 35 thoroughbred races and 10 quarter horse races. For a track like Indiana Grand, those are some amazing numbers. With sports in lockdown in North America, horse racing has witnessed record-breaking betting figures. That’s without fans at the track.
Indiana Grand is currently racing without fans in attendance. So, if you’re in the area and want to go to the racetrack to wager that will have to wait. Racetrack officials are keeping their fingers crossed that they can for the Fourth of July. That would only help the profitability of Indiana Grand. They already are getting record numbers without the doors open to the public, and get to keep 100% of the handle wagered on the property. Some businesses are just trying to scrape by right now, but Caesars Entertainment, who owns Indiana Race Course, appears to be doing well in Indiana. Head below for our free Indiana Grand Race Course selection for June 25, 2020.
Post Time: 1:34 p.m. EST
Distance: 7 Furlongs
We’ll open up at Indiana Grand Race Course on Thursday afternoon with Race 1. Seven horses are scheduled to run for a $38,500 purse. This is the biggest purse of the day, so Indiana Grand are starting off big. The event will take place on the dirt over 7 furlongs. Two Last Words, Classy Cowboy, and Solitaire Game are on my shortlist to get the day started out at Indiana Grand. Classy Cowboy has been hot and will search for a more handsome purse on Thursday.
He has finished in the top-2 five straight races, including two wins on July 3, 2019 and September 18, 2019. It’s been a while since Classy Cowboy took to the gate, but would be a major player if that form is present today. I can’t really say that the workouts have been too promising for Classy Cowboy, though. He completed 4 furlongs with times of 51, 52.60, and 51 seconds. Workouts don’t tell the whole story, but you would have liked to see Classy Cowboy running a bit quicker after a layoff. Overall, Classy Cowboy is a winner in 2 of 9 races in his career.
Solitaire Game is coming off an appearance in the To (sic) Much Coffee Stakes (Black Type) on November 6, 2019 and ran pretty well for 3rd. He is 3 for 14 with finishes of 5th, 8th, 4th, 3rd in his previous four events. Solitaire was running against tougher competition than Classy Cowboy, so wasn’t able to record the same results on paper. A recent 4-furlong workout suggests Solitaire Game was in good form with a time of 49 seconds.
Two Last Words has gone 3 for 8 in his career. It probably could have been more wins if he wasn’t chasing stakes purses. Two Last Words has entered five stakes races in his career, which included a win in the Hillsdale Stakes (Black Type) on September 11, 2019. His most recent stakes race was two events ago on November 11, 2019 in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (Gr. 2). That was the most difficult race of his career and it showed, as Two Last Words finished 8th.
After a brief layoff, Two Last Words finished 1st down in class at Tampa Bay Downs on May 8. He won by a length over Wicked Warrior after taking over the lead in the stretch. It was a surprising return for Two Last Words, as he was not expected to win according to the odds. His most recent workout was impressive with a time of 48.40 seconds at 4 furlongs on Jule 7. Two Last Words current form should be enough here.
Post Time: 4:40 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 6 is the second selection for us at Indiana Grand on Thursday. This is for a $14,000 purse over 1 1/16 miles of racing on the dirt. Majestic’s John and Rayo de Luz may get into a competitive duel in this one. Rayo de Luz struggled in his first three starts to finish 11th, DNF, 3rd, and then broke the cherry with a win on May 28 to win by 3 lengths over Mr. Unusual.
He was a +1460 underdog at post time, so it was a big score for Rayo de Luz and his connections. Rayo de Luz posted a terrific workout time of 47 seconds on May 10, and that good form carried over to race day. Expect another competitive race from Ray de Luz, as he goes into June 25 with some confidence after showing great improvements from earlier in his career.
Majestic John’s received a drop in class for today, as he heads to Indiana Grand for the first time in his career. He’s coming off a 5th place performance at Oaklawn Park on March 28, as he showed no rally and failed to perform against tough competition. That was for a $28,000 purse, so the prize money gets cut in half on Thursday at Indiana Grand. Leading up to that event, Majestic John’s finished 3rd, 2nd, 2nd in three straight events.
Each of the races that Majestic John’s finished in the top-3 were more difficult than what he will be presented with today in Indiana. Every event was for a purse of $20,000+, including $34,000 on January 17 where he placed behind Blazin’ Asian to finish 2nd. Majestic John’s raced in a stakes race on August 31, 2019 for 4th in the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Kitten’s Joy Stakes (Black Type). He is 1 for 11 in his career with top-3 finishes in 6 of 11 events. This should be a beatable field for him at Indiana Grand on Thursday.
Post Time: 5:36 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Our day will end at Indiana Grand with a 1 1/16 mile race on the turf for a $14,000 purse. This should be an event between Delp, English Challenge, and Overpraise. English Challenge is 1 for 6 in his career, with the win on February 28 in his most recent outing. That was at Turfway Park over El Franco by a length. He drove hard in that race in the stretch and deserved the win. English Challenge is going to face a bit of tougher competition in this race. Overpraise and Delp will both push English Challenge for the top spot here.
Overpraise has been awfully inconsistent, though. He has been all over the map to finish 7th, 7th, 10th, 3rd, 1st, 4th over six performances in his career. In the win on May 9, Overpraise won by 1 ½ lengths over Hay Hay My My. However, as soon as Overpraise found good form, he regressed in his next outing to finish 4th on June 3. He had a workout on June 19 for a time of 50 seconds at 4 furlongs. Overpraise is the biggest wildcard in the race. If he’s in top form, then he can easily win. But we’ve seen some serious ups and downs thus far in his relatively young career.
Delp gets a huge downgrade in class after coming up with zilch running for a $31,000 purse on June 4. He has finished 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 7th, 3rd, 8th in his previous six outings. All of those top-3 finishes would likely be good enough for a win against this field on Thursday. This is the easiest assignment Delp has had since finishing 1st for a $15,000 purse on September 13, 2019 at Golden Gate Fields. Delp won that one by 2 ½ lengths over Gem State. Since that win, Delp went on to chase higher purses. This is only for $14,000, but on the flip side, a win should be on the table for Delp.