We’re off to Indiana Grand for a look at this racecard in Shelbyville. There are 11 races on the docket with a total of $253,500 available on Tuesday afternoon. BetOnline has six racetracks to handicap in the US today. Fort Erie also has some events in Ontario. In fact, the biggest race of the day, the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes is at Fort Erie.
That’s the marquee yearly event at Fort Erie, which typically runs a lot of modest events for small purses. Indiana Grand will have two stakes races on Wednesday, with the running of the $75,000 City of Anderson Stakes and $75,000 Hillsdale Stakes.
Preakness Day at Pimlico on Saturday has 11 stakes races. It’s a short meet for Pimlico, but Saturday is going to have a lot of big time racing in Baltimore. A total of $2,700,000 will be available at Pimlico on Saturday Keeneland and Belmont are also worth paying attention to this weekend. They have some wealthy stakes races as well. Head below for our free Indiana Grand picks for September 29, 2020.
Post Time: 2:20 p.m. EST
We’ll get started with the first race of the day at Indiana Grand. A purse of $22,000 is up for grabs in the 6-furlong event. Local Honey and Meltdown are on my shortlist in this race. If Unbridled Victor is going to have a chance, it’s going to take a lot of improvement from his first three events. Unbridled Victor has finished 7th, 4th, 5th in those three assignments. I’d rather take a chance on Meltdown at 9/2 before Unbridled Victor.
Meltdown made his debut on September 3 and is open to improvement from that performance. He finished 5th in the $33,000 event and gets a drop in class today. Along with Meltdown, Local Honey is also dropping in class on Tuesday.
Local Honey was in that race against Meltdown and held strongly to get into the money. He finished 3rd to show 7 ½ lengths ahead of Meltdown. Like I said, I believe Meltdown is open to improvement following his run as a first-timer, so improvements could be made here.
If Meltdown finds improvement, then a win should be close for him. However, Local Honey is going to pose a big challenge for him once again on Tuesday afternoon. Local Honey is down in class after showing 3rd in that race against Meltdown. He was unable to get to the front, but made a strong effort to get there.
Local Honey ultimately finished 4 ¼ lengths out of first for the top prize. Bayou Cat and Defence Model, who both finished ahead of Local Honey, are better than any participants he must deal with today. Look for Local Honey to clear this field and get the top prize.
Post Time: 4:12 p.m. EST
This is one of the bigger races of the day at Indiana Grand on Tuesday afternoon. A purse of $32,500 will be available for this seven-horse field, which consists of 5 furlongs on the turf. It’s supposed to be a nice day, so this one is not expected to be moved to the main track. This is an inexperienced field, with five horses making the second run of their careers. One will be making its third outing.
Docs Seven and Carimba are going to put forth their best effort in this one. It’s likely that one of them is going to be in the winner’s circle by the end of this race. The $3,000 Docs Seven was a winner on August 21 in her debut at Arlington. Docs Seven was a 2 length winner in an impressive win there.
He was a big underdog, but prevailed in an upset as a rookie. For a $3,000 horse, winning a $32,400 purse in a debut run is pretty impressive. Since that win, Docs Seven appeared to be in pretty nice form to complete 4 furlongs in 48.60 and 49.60 seconds. Expect him to be a competitive horse in the stretch.
Carimba was a winner as well, which was to be expected for this $155,000 horse. He cleared the field by 8 ½ lengths in an easy win as the favorite on August 6. There wasn’t any competition in that race, as Carimba took over at the 3/16 pole and built on the lead. Carimba should be able to win in this class again on Tuesday. This is a horse expected to eventually compete for bigger purses than this. He has to be worth a look in Race 5.
Post Time: 5:08 p.m. EST
One more selection at Indiana Grand before calling it a day. Eight horses are scheduled to run for this $11,000 prize on the main track. Serena’s Hope and Olive U are likely to have strong races here. Serena’s Hope is 4 for 15 in her career and is capable of more than we’ve seen recently. She finished 8th in a $15,000 event after going 1st, 7th, 1st, 5th, 2nd.
Inconsistent horses can be some of the most dangerous, so I wouldn’t write off Serena’s Hope despite the lazy performance on September 17. She had a really sharp workout on September 11 with a time of 47.60 seconds, but that didn’t translate to race day a week later. If we get her best effort out of the gate on Tuesday, then a win shouldn’t be out of the question.
Olive U is 3 for 12 in her career and fresh off a win on September 3. She placed 2nd on August 11 for a $15,000 purse, and then followed up for a win down in class by 1 ¼ lengths in her last outing. That was too easy for Olive U, as she had the lead shortly after the gates opened, and never felt threatened in the stretch. $15,000 was just a bit too tough, while a $7,500 race was too easy, so it makes sense she lands in a $11,000 event on Tuesday. I think this should be another winnable event for her at Indiana Grand.