It was an exciting Fourth of July weekend on the horse racing circuit across the country. Besides a hot dog eating contest and stakes racing, there wasn’t much else going on. And by the way, Joey Chestnut broke his previous record for most hot dogs eaten in the contest with 75. That’s the greatest athletic accomplishment that we’ve seen in the US in months.
The major sports leagues are gearing up to restart in late July, so fingers crossed that holds. Next weekend promises to be another big day of racing. The Road to the Kentucky Derby goes through Keeneland in Lexington, KY next weekend. The running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes will take place with a $600,000 purse on the line. That’s a prep race for the Kentucky Derby, with 100 points awarded to the winning team. Indiana Grand Race Course is the site of the next prep race on the schedule.
The Indiana Derby will offer 20 points to the winner, along with a $300,000 purse. Indiana Grand will have six stakes races on Wednesday, so it’s Indiana’s time to shine in the spotlight for a day. The Indiana Derby is the yearly marquee event at Indiana Grand. If there’s something we like the Indiana Derby, we’ll let you know. We have a few selections at Indiana Grand on the docket Monday. There is a decent chunk of cash available with $252,100 on offer. Head below for our free Indiana Grand picks for July 6, 2020.
Post Time: 3:44 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
One of the bigger purses on offer at Indiana Grand on Monday is for Race 4. There will be $33,000 available in the event, which includes 1 1/16 furlongs on the grass. This looks like a race between Teener and Timeless Rose. We should expect to see quality runs from both of them. Teener is down in class today after finishing 6th in the OBS Filly and Mare Spring Stakes (Black Type) on November 26, 2019.
Teener has been in the stable since then without an appearance. Other than that race, Teener finished 7th, 2nd, 4th, 8th leading up to that stakes race. I think that the layoff is going to help Teener. There are some horses that don’t like layoffs and would rather race every week or two, but I expect a much better effort from Teener on Monday.
Teener has been in good form in the morning with times of 48.80, 48.60, and 49 seconds. That suggests that Teener is likely to be in good form on Monday. Workout times do not tell the whole story, but running well consistently like that does bode well for Teener. Also keep in mind that this event is a drop in class for Teener, so I don’t believe this horse can be ignored.
Timeless Rose will make the sixth race of her career on Monday. She has finished 4th, 2nd, 6th, 4th, 3rd since starting racing on September 10, 2019. Her best performance to this date was on October 2, 2019 to finish 1 ¼ lengths behind Violane for a $33,000 purse. The 2nd and 3rd place performances were in this same class.
She tried more difficult challenges, but those didn’t go as well. Teener appears to be the strongest competition for Timeless Rose in this one. Timeless Rose has had the most success running in this class in the past and that experience should aid her to the winner’s circle here.
Post Time: 4:12 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
You don’t have to wait very long for our next pick at Indiana Grand on Monday. We have 5 ½ furlongs on tap for a $14,000 purse on the dirt in Race 5. Hopped Up, Our Baldy B, and Conrad in Charge are expected to be involved in the stretch in the event. Conrad in Charge is getting a drop in class after finishing 7th in back-to-back races. He finished 7th on October 11, 2019 and June 23 for a $33,000 purse.
Conrad in Charge had nothing to give in that race, but should feel much more comfortable competing for a purse of $14,000. In his career, he’s finished 2nd, 6th, 3rd, 7th, 7th. This is going to be one of the easiest races of his career, so you have to expect that the positive results are going to be there for him on Monday. He just might need to catch a break to win, but has solid claims to at least show in Race 5.
Our Baldy B is coming off the best performance of his career after finishing 3rd on June 17. It’s the first time that Our Baldy B has shown in his five-race career. She has finished 9th, 7th, 4th, 11th, 3rd. Her most recent performance was for a $14,000 purse, so she remains in the same class for today. Our Badly B is coming off a strong workout on July 1 with a time of 49 seconds over 4 furlongs.
Hopped Up has been a consistent performer throughout his eight-race career. He’s coming off the best race of his career yet to place 2nd on February 27. Uncle Earl controlled that race for a 6 ¼ length win, though Hopped Up won’t have to deal with a horse of that caliber today. Hopped Up enters off a small layoff and is regarded as going into today in the best form. He recently completed 4 furlongs at 49.60 seconds on June 19. Race 5 should be close before Hopped Up pulls away.
Post Time: 5:08 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Our day at Indiana Grand will conclude with Race 7, which will cover 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt. Serve, Leo, and Keyed On Top are expected to run a strong race here. Keyed On Top is 8 for 24 in his career and has some success painted on his resume. He’s coming off a winning effort on June 8, with a time over Wizard Willie by 1 ¾ lengths for a $9,700 purse.
This race is going to be slightly more difficult than that outing. Leading up to the win, Keyed On Top finished 8th, 5th, 5th in a higher class. Going down a notch in class helped him get back on a winning path. He was also a winner five races ago on December 19, 2019 at Turfway. That was a 2 ¾ length win as the favorite.
Leo is getting a class drop for Monday after finishing 9th and 6th in his most recent performances. 9th was for a $48,000 purse and 6th was for a $21,500, so he continues to slide further down the class scale. Having said that, Leo did win the top prize out of a $48,500 purse on January 14 over Augie by 1 ¾ lengths.
A recent workout in June was fairly sharp for Leo, as he completed 4 furlongs with a time of 48.24 seconds. As a winner of 3 races in 32 events, Leo has just been inconsistent in his career. Nevertheless, there isn’t any reason why he doesn’t have the talent to compete for a win in this class on Monday. Leo is definitely a horse for the shortlist. Serve has two more wins than Leo in less than half of entries. He has gone 5 for 15 throughout his career, which started back on December 28, 2017 at Turfway.
Serve has picked his spots and hasn’t been overworked in his career. He’s raced in just two races in 2020, both of which he was in good form. Serve won on January 25 at Charles Town by 2 ¼ lengths, and then ran well for 2nd on June 9 at Belterra Park. Overall in his previous ten entries, Serve has been in the top-3 in nine of them. That includes four victories. If Serve doesn’t finish strong here, he either gets unlucky in traffic or something went wrong during his workouts. I’ll take my chances and back Serve to deliver us a win on Monday afternoon at Indiana Grand.