There are six racecourses available for wagering at BetOnline on Monday. As we get closer to the summer months and the weather continues to heat up, then there’s also the opening up of more tracks and ultimately more races to handicap. Finger Lakes Racetrack and Thistledown are back in the afternoon, while Mountaineer Park in West Virginia is back to racing this evening. Mountaineer makes out well as one of the only tracks racing under the lights early in the week. Charles Park, another West Virginia based track, operates in the evening hours as well. The late night racing always makes it tempting to bet, but if you don’t see anything you like, don’t force bets because you are bored or chasing. That’s how a bad day can turn into a disaster for your bankroll.
I have Finger Lakes covered in Farmington, NY on Monday with three picks. This is the first card of the season for Finger Lakes. It isn’t the first day at Indiana Grand of 2021, they opened up a couple of weeks ago. However, I like what Indiana Grand has to offer on Monday afternoon. Indiana Grand has nine races on the card worth $217,500 in prize money. Head below for our free Indiana Grand picks for April 26, 2021.
Post Time: 2:25 p.m. EST
Race 1 at Indiana Grand covers a mile on the dirt for a $16,000 purse. Six horses are expected to run, with a potential duel between Alpine Ghost and Contact Tracing in the works. Alpine Ghost made his debut on March 4 at Turfway Park. It didn’t go according to plan, but Alpine Ghost is open to a lot of improvement.
He finished 8th in a $32,000 assignment so that was tough. He was expected to turn up a better performance than that. Alpine Ghost is moving down in class to a $16,000 event on Monday. Not only is Alpine Ghost sliding down in class, but going longer in this race from 6 furlongs to a mile. That should actually help give him more runway to work with on Monday.
Alpine Ghost has looked incredibly impressive in morning workouts. Following the March 4 race, Alpine Ghost completed 4 furlongs in 47.20 and 59 seconds at 5 furlongs. Alpine Ghost was clocked at 1:00.80 in a 5-furlong workout on April 20. That was pretty impressive. Contact Tracing will be his biggest test Monday afternoon.
Contact Tracing has finished 7th, 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd in the first five races of his career. He placed 2nd on March 11 behind Birthday Party by a necek for a $22,000 purse, and then most recently 3rd in a $35,000 assignment on April 1. Both were encouraging performances, though I think Brad Cox’s Alpine Ghost offers some better value. He’s looked quick in workouts and should follow through after faltering as a rookie.
Post Time: 3:27 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 is the third biggest event at Indiana Grand with a purse worth $34,500 on Monday afternoon. Myeerah and Auberge have to be the horses to watch in this one. An honorable mention to Ever Wonder who could sneak into the frame.
Myeerah is a two-time winner in four attempts. She has finished 1st, 2nd, 1st, 3rd in four performances. Myeerah most recently won on July 20 in a $32,500 event over Halama by 3 ¾ lengths. That was a good run, but then she went on an extended break.
Myeerah returned to the track on March 5 and was in decent form. She showed 3rd for a $38,000 prize. Myeerah had the lead out of the gate and going into the stretch by a half length but faltered soon after. This was a 6 ½ furlong race, so cutting back in distance should help on Monday afternoon. Auberge is a $570,000 horse that is 2 for 4 in her career as well.
She has finished 1st, 2nd, 1st, 4th at Santa Anita Park in three races and one at Oaklawn. In her biggest race, Auberge placed 2nd behind Bast in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (Gr. 2) three races ago on January 5. She most recently finished 4th on March 18 in a $106,000 event. Auberge was clear, but weakened in the stretch like Myeerah, but this was a much tougher assignment. Look for Auberge to feast on easier competition at Indiana Grand.
Post Time: 5:00 p.m. EST
Race 6 is the feature race at Indiana Grand on Monday. This is a $38,500 event covering 1 mile on the dirt. Senera Beck and Azurita should battle in the stretch for the win. Serena Beck has finished 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 6th, 1st in her career, with a win in her last outing on November 2. She beat Golden Command by 1 length in a $36,500 event, and then went on a layoff.
Serena Beck returns to the racecourse Monday with another win in her sights. I think we should give her a close look to win Race 6 at Indiana Grand. This should be a bit tougher than what she experienced in her latest race, though. In prep work for today, Serena Beck completed 4 furlongs in 49, 49.60, and 51.40 seconds.
Azurita has finished 7th, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st in her career after three straight wins. She is coming off a 2 ¾ length win for a $36,500 event on October 14. Azurita defeated Justa Simple Girl by 4 ½ lengths in a $22,000 event on September 17. The jump in class to $36,500 didn’t hurt Azurita at all. Azurita has been on fire recently and should continue to run well on Monday.