Tuesday promises to have a decent day when it comes to horse racing betting handle. At least at that limited number of tracks that will be operating today. While none of the big boys have cards on Tuesday, this is a nice opportunity for racecourses like Mountaineer Park to do well. There isn’t Monday Night Football to compete with on Tuesday.
A few MAC football games are on to compete with Mountaineer Park for betting dollars tonight. However, I don’t think people that typically bet the ponies care much for MAC football. I’m the exception, of course, and like to keep my finger on the pulse of multiple betting markets. An edge is an edge regardless of the sport.
We will begin at Indiana Grand on Tuesday afternoon. Indiana Grand has 11 races worth $260,500 on the card today. This is one of the better known tracks racing on Tuesday. BetOnline has four available on the betting menu, with Huntingdon a new addition. Head below for our free Indiana Grand picks for November 10, 2020.
Post Time: 3:05 p.m. EST
Distance:7 ½ Furlongs
We’ll get started at Indiana Grand with a $32,500 event covering 7 ½ furlongs on Tuesday afternoon. Ten horses are scheduled to participate in the race, with Europa and Xtrema having a solid opportunity to win. Europa gets a nice starting post position from the No. 2 hole. She finished 4th on August 30 at Ellis Park in a $46,200 event.
Upon his return to the track in October, Europa improved on that performance to win by 3 ¼ lengths over Scribble It in a $31,000 race. It was a beautifully raced event for Europa. She was stalking the whole time in 2nd, and then struck in the stretch to clear the field. Europa has been in decent form in workouts, with times of 51.20 and 49.40 seconds at 4 furlongs.
Xtrema has finished 1st, 4th, 4th, 6th in the first four races of her career. She won on June 11 at Golden Gate Fields by 4 lengths over Silver Lyric in a $30,000 contest. That race was never in question, with Xtrema clearly the best horse after driving away in the stretch. The win promoted a jump in class for Xtrema.
She went stakes races, including two graded events on September 3 and October 2 in the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (Gr. 3) and $350,000 Darley Alcibiades (Gr. 1). Xtrema tried but could only settle for 4th and 6th. Back down in class for Tuesday, you have to like her chances in thi $32,500 event. Heading into today, she completed two 4-furlong workouts with times of 48 and 51.20 seconds. Xtrema should handle this field.
Post Time: 5:05 p.m. EST
We arrive at Race 7, a mile race for a $14,000 purse. Ten horses are scheduled to participate in the event on the main track at Indiana Grand. Irene and Stargazer Lily must be of some interest in this race. Irene will be racing in the fourth race of her career on Tuesday after finishing 4th, 2nd, 6th in her first three.
As a first-time runner, Irene was 4th in a $22,000 event on September 2. The positive to take from that effort is that Irene didn’t break well out of the gate, but showed improvement further down in the race. Irene followed up to place 2nd behind Birdie Blue by 6 lengths on $22,000.
She wasn’t highly regarded in that race, and several other horses had money go their way instead, but Irene ran better than expected. In her next outing, Irene finished 6th in a $33,000 event. She played her hand in a higher class and got handled easily. However, Irene slides down to the lowest class of her career in a $14,000 assignment.
Stargazer Lily might be the one to stop Irene in this event. She has been on a massive place run, as Stargazer Lily has finished 2nd in four straight performances. Overall, Stargazer Lily is winless in eight-career races, but coming close recently. She placed 2nd behind Backhand by ¾ lengths in a $14,000 event on October 1. Then Stargazer Lily followed up on October 27 to place 2nd behind Downdelane by 7 ¾ lengths. I like Stargazer Lily the most, with Irene a close 2nd.
Post Time: 6:05 p.m. EST
We make our last stop at Indiana Grand with Race 9. This event covers 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $31,000 purse. It’s a race for mostly inexperienced runners. Wild Tapit is the most experienced and the only horse that has participated in more than three events in her career. Wild Tapit at 20/1 on the morning-line might be worth a flier on. She hasn’t won yet, but has the most experience and could finally break through against some rookies.
Wild Tapit has finished 3rd, 2nd, 4th, 4th, 3rd, 7th in her career. She showed 3rd on September 21 on a $31,000 event to get back into the money after going 4th in back-to-back events. Wild Tapit was 7th in her most recent performance outing on October 14. If she can get back to her form in the September race, then a win could be within reach.
Smarmy is making her debut on Tuesday and is expected to run well in this class. This horse was purchased for $700,000 in April. At that price, good results are expected in this class. If we’re going by her price of $700,000, a $31,000 race should be a cakewalk, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
However, she has looked good in workouts and appears ready to go. If Smarmy runs like she has in workouts, then she shouldn’t have a problem winning here. Smarmy completed 5 furlongs at 58.80, 1:00.60, 1:00.00. 1:00.00 in preparation for her debut. That should be enough of her effort in workouts translates to raceday on Tuesday.