There are nine tracks offered for wagering at BetOnline on Thursday. We’ve arrived at Breeders’ Cup Eve today. The Breeders’ Cup races will begin on Friday, and then roll over into Saturday for the main event with the running of the $6,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Gr. 1). If you like wealthy races, then you’re going to like that race.
There is none bigger in North America than the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Is this the biggest race in the world? No. You’ll have to be patient for February when it’s time for the Saudi Cup. That comes with a $20,000,000 purse. The 2020 edition was filled with controversy surrounding “winner” Maximum Security. Hopefully this year is drama free.
If you’re an early bird and want to bet on the Breeders’ Cup races now, you can at the BetOnline racebook. We’re at Indiana Grand on Thursday afternoon for a big card of 12 races. Indiana Grand is offering a total of $237,000 in prize money for this slate of racing. We’ll see what we can do with two selections. Head below for our free Indiana Grand picks for November 5, 2020.
Post Time: 4:35 p.m. EST
We’ll get going with Race 6 to begin the day at Indiana Grand. Race 6 carries a $20,000 purse for 6 furlongs on the main track. Hard Night and Deo Volente should be ones to watch in the stretch in the event. Hard Night has been showing improvement after debuting in 6th on July 13. That was a $31,000 event as a favorite. The money followed Hard Night, but he was unable to run like it. In his next performance, Hard Night was 7th on August 24 in a $16,000 assignment.
Hard Night was a $220,000 purchase in 2018, so this has certainly been disappointing for his connections. If Hard Night doesn’t get going soon, then their investment is going to start losing a lot of money. Upon a drop in class Hard Night finished 3rd on September 24 in a $21,000 race. In that class for a $222,000 horse, you probably want to see more, but it at least was a step in the right direction. He should be close again versus this field.
Deo Volente has finished 4th, 6th, 4th in his previous three performances. In his worst performance, Deo Volente was 6th on September 26 at Churchill Downs, though that was a $75,000 event. Deo Volente returned to Indiana Grand to finish 4th on October 15. That was a $31,000 race, so down in class from the $75,000 outing. Deo Volente slides down even further to a $20,000 event today. I think he can handle this race.
Post Time: 6:05 p.m. EST
Race 9 is a 6-furlong event for a $12,000 purse on the dirt. Eight horses are expected to participate in the race towards the end of the day at Indiana Grand. First Lady Maggie and Bold Concept are on my shortlist for the race. Bold Concept gets the inside rail out of the gate. That could be used to her advantage for another bold bid. Bold Concept has gone 2nd, 3rd, 1st in her previous three performances.
Bold Concept is coming off a win on September 29 by 3 ¼ lengths in a $11,000 event. That was after placing 2nd behind Hoppestry by ¾ lengths in a $11,000 race in August, and 3rd in the same class. Bold Concept finally broke through to get her first win since October 1 in her most recent entry. Overall, Bold Concept has gone 4 for 31 in her career and could get her fifth today.
First Lady Maggie is 3 for 17 in her career and has a bit of stakes experience. She appeared in the $75,000 Julee Rodriguez Memorial Stallion Season Fillies Stakes on October 19, 2019. That was a nice effort in that class to show 3rd. She was able to follow up for a win in her next outing on October 25, 2019 in a $37,500 event by 6 ¼ lengths over Bloody Mary Mornin.
However, since then, First Lady Maggie hasn’t been able to win in five races, including another stakes race on September 2, where she finished 6th in the Shelby County Stakes.Her next appearance was a little more promising, as First Lady Maggie placed 2nd behind Hypnotising by 3 ¼ lengths in a $21,000 assignment. She will take an additional class drop for Tuesday. This looks like a winnable situation for her versus this competition.