It was a day to forget on Tuesday at Indiana Grand. Fortunately Canterbury Park came through for us with a 3 for 3 sweep, but nothing was working in Indiana. Having said that, all three of our selections were in the mix and close to winning. Despite your horse running a strong race, there’s still no guarantee that it’s going to result in a win.
The idea is to make a profit, and we were still able to do that because of the success in Minnesota at Canterbury. It’s a quiet day today on the horse racing circuit. There aren’t any events that are important to mention in the US. Canterbury has five stakes races, though no notable events on the docket.
Saratoga will open on Thursday with two stakes races. The running of the $100,000 Peter Pan Stakes (Gr. 3) and Schuylerville Stakes (Gr. 3) will headline the opening of the summer meet at the historic Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs. The $350,000 American Oaks (Gr. 1) will be the marquee event for Saratoga over the weekend.
Most race fans will be paying attention to Monmouth on Saturday, as the running of the $1,000,000 Haskell Stakes (Gr. 1) will take place. It’s one of the biggest pre-Kentucky Derby races this summer before Labor Day Weekend. We will have you covered at Monmouth for the big race, including selections for some of the other races on Saturday. That’s one you won’t want to miss. There are a few races that I like at Indiana Grand on Wednesday. Head below for our Indiana Grand free picks for July 15, 2020.
Post Time: 2:48 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 Mile
We will get started at Indiana Grand with Race 2. A mile of racing will be run for a prize of $14,000. Clifton Park and Majestic John’s should be two strong contenders in this one. Majestic’s John has been a bit of a disappointment recently, but can’t be discounted. Majestic John’s has finished 5th and 6th in his previous two events on March 28 and June 25. This was after Majestic John’s showed nice consistency with finishes of 3rd, 2nd, 2nd in three straight outings.
However, Majestic John’s regressed for 5th in a $28,000 event and $14,000. He was expected to win his most recent race, but had nothing in the tank and faded in the stretch. Majestic John’s did look good during a recent 4-furlong workout with a time of 49 seconds. However, he did the same before the June 25 race and that didn’t translate to a productive day when it mattered.
Majestic John’s won on July 13, 2019, and has been winless in nine straight entries. The talent is there for Majestic John’s, but he’s like a professional athlete that practices well though the results aren’t there during games. When it matters the most, Majestic John’s hasn’t wanted to run. There’s still time left in his career to change that, though, and I think he should enter into the equation on Wednesday.
Clifton Park will likely run a quality race alongside Majestic John’s. After a slow start to his career and a class drop, Clifton Park won a $24,000 purse on June 14 by a neck over Big Biz. He was showing great work in the morning and a solid bid was expected in that race. The effort carried over to when it was game time, unlike Majestic John’s who has done a disappointing act on race day. I’m siding with the No. 1 horse to find back-to-back wins today.
Post Time: 3:16 p.m. EST
You can make this a daily double wager if you with Clifton Park from Race 2 if you wish. We will head over to the turf for Race 3, which is one of the bigger races of the day with a $31,000 purse. This is a race for inexperienced 2-year-old fillies who are just getting their careers underway. Half of the horses in the event will be making their race course debuts on Wednesday at Indiana Grand.
Gran Confusione is on my shortlist, and will be looking to improve after making her debut on June 18 at Churchill Downs. As a first-time runner, there wasn’t much expected out of Gran Conusione in the $32,000 event. She was a heavy underdog that was expected to finish near the back. However, Gran Conusione was able to defeat five other opponents to earn $1,600 out of the purse.
In preparation for today, Gran Confusione completed a 4-furlong workout on July 3 with a time of 51.80 seconds and 1:02.40 over 5 furlongs on July 8. If improvements are shown from her debut then a win will be within reach for Gran Confusione. Having to deal with Youens won’t be easy, though. Youens is a promising filly that is expected to have a successful career. She is making her debut as a first-time runner on Wednesday.
Youens, a $250,000 investment, has sure looked quick in the morning. She appears to be in good form going into her debut race today. Youens has been under 50 seconds in four 4-furlong workouts, with times of 49.40, 49, 49.60 and most recently 47.80 seconds on July 9 in anticipation of her debut today. A win should be close for Youens if her work in the morning carries over to Indiana Grand for Race 3.
Post Time: 4:40 p.m. EST
Race 6 will close out the day for us at Indiana Grand for Wednesday. There are three more races on the card at Indiana Grand, so if you want to continue gambling, there is that option. Race 6 will cover 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $11,000 purse. Eight horses are scheduled to explode out of the gate in the event.
We could have a duel in the stretch setting up between two worthy runners. O’Prado Perk and Will Knows are likely going to put forth bold bids. Will Knows has a stakes race in his portfolio, with a run in the Brickyard Stakes (Black Type) on September 11, 2019. It didn’t go especially well for Will Knows, as he finished 8th and found out he shouldn’t be racing in stakes races.
Leading up to that stakes race, Will Knows was 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st, so the jump in class was justified. The Brickyard Stakes was for a $100,000 purse. Will Knows faded hard in the stretch and was never a player in the race. Back down in class after that race, Will Knows finished 3rd, 2nd, 5th. In his most recent entry, Will Knows finished 5th on June 22 in a $14,000 event. That ugly performance in the stakes race has seemed to suck the confidence right out of Will Knows.
He keeps getting lower and lower in class until he finds something to his liking. This may very well be it on Wednesday. He will have O’Prado Perk to contend with in the stretch. O’Prado Perk has racked up the wins early in his career with 5 wins in 13 entries. This horse was purchased for just $1,500 in 2017, so what a nice investment he has been. O’Prado Perk went on a four-race winning streak before losing most recently on June 22. That was his return after a layoff, so the rust should be gone for him. O’Prado Perk won four straight races in this class before going on the break. Edge to O’Prado Perk at the wire in Race 6.