A small card on Monday didn’t prevent us from finding success at Indiana Grand and Mountaineer Park. A clean sweep with two selections and two wins at both tracks highlights a very nice afternoon and evening. You don’t need Breeders’ Cup events to have a profitable time. Ready or not, the Breeders’ Cup Classic will soon be here, though.
The Breeders’ Cup circuit will begin on Friday with five Breeders’ Cup races and four other stakes races. The biggest of which is the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Gr. 2) and $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup. Then on Saturday, there are nine Breeders’ Cup races, including the $6,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Gr. 1), the richest race in the US.
As far as Tuesday is concerned, it’s another slow day with three racecourses offering cards at BetOnline. That didn’t bother us yesterday, though. BetOnline has Indiana Downs, Mountaineer Park, and Parx Racing open for wagering on Tuesday. We’re at Indiana Grand again this week on Tuesday. Indiana Grand has 11 races on the slate, with a total of $266,000 in prize money available. Head below for our free Indiana Grand picks for November 3, 2020.
Post Time: 3:05 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
Race 3 will get us going at Indiana Grand on Tuesday afternoon. This event is offering a $11,100 purse for a mile and 70 yards on the dirt. Boogie Man and Changing Lanes, the two runners on the inside, should be in the mix for this event on the main track. Boogie Man gets the inside rail and might have something to say in the stretch. He is 1 for 9 in his career, with a win on July 23 at Belterra Park.
Since that win, it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for Boogie Man, who has gone 7th, 6th, 3rd, 2nd in his next four outings. He’s been showing improvement, though, and could be ready to get back to the winner’s circle. In his most recent appearance, Boogie Man placed 2nd behind Kentucky Peerless by a nose in a $7,500 event. That prompts a jump in class up to the $11,100 level. I’m not so sure that’s going to work, but this isn’t the trickiest of fields to navigate.
The one horse that should be able to stop Boogie Man from getting to the winner’s circle is Changing Lanes. Changing Lanes is 1 for 8 and he’s showing consistency recently. He’s finished in the top-3 in four straight performances, and in 7 of 8 races in his career. Changing Lanes was a winner on August 13 in a $30,500 event over Serbian Sailor by 2 ½ lengths.
Changing Lanes showed 3rd on September 7 in a $18,000 race. He is dropping down in class to a much more manageable assignment on Tuesday. This is the easiest race he’s had in a long while. Race 3 on Tuesday afternoon should be a nice winning opportunity for him. Hopefully the public doesn’t agree and we can get a better price by post time.
Post Time: 4:05 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
Race 5 is for a $34,500 purse on the main track, which covers a mile and 70 yards. This is one of the biggest races of the day at Indiana Grand, with the feature race worth $35,000. Emily Lane and Carmella Key should make some noise in the stretch. Carmella Key might be primed for an upset in Race 5 at Indiana Grand this afternoon.
She is a recent winner two races ago on August 5 for a $33,000 purse by 2 ¼ lengths after rallying in the stretch. Carmella Key was unable to follow up and showed 3rd in the $75,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies Stakes on September 2. Considering that class, you can’t disregard Carmella Key in this event. This should be much easier on her today. In four of her previous five outings, Carmella Key has finished in the top-3. She is probably going to be close in this race.
Emily Lane has placed in back-to-back races and top-3 in four of her previous five outings. She won on June 22 by 2 lengths in a $33,000 event, and then was pointed to a $75,000 Black Type stakes race. It was an adequate effort, but that field was far too tough. In her next two outings, Emily Lane placed 2nd behind Timeless Rose by 2 ¾ lengths on August 24, and then lost by a nose in a $34,500 assignment on September 23. Similar form should be good for a win on Tuesday.
Post Time: 4:35 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
The co-feature event of the day at Indiana Grand is for a $35,000 purse on the main track. It will cover a mile and 70 yards. All Star Justice and Dirty Bad Boy are expected to run strong races in this one. Dirty Bad Boy is winless in 12 career races but in good form recently and getting closer. He has finished 3rd and 2nd in his previous two races. Dirty Bad Boy showed 3rd on September 21 in a similar $35,000 event, and then placed 2nd behind Fashion Nugget by a half length on October 15 in another $35,000 assignment.
All Star Justice is going to be tough to beat in this one, but Dirty Bad Boy is going to have the best shot of doing it. All Star Justice showed 3rd on September 10 in a $35,000 event to finish 5 lengths behind the winner Oscar P Q. And just like Dirty Bad Boy, All Star Justice moved up to place 2nd in his next outing on October 8. All Star Justice lost by a head, but could have won that after the late bid in the stretch.
He has been more consistent than Dirty Bad Boy, having finished in the top-3 in four of his previous. Considering Dirty Bad Boy was given away for free at auction in 2017, this is more than expected from him. Conversely, All Star Justice was bought for $13,000 in 2018. I’m going to side with All Star Justice on my shortlist in Race 6.