We will see what Indiana Grand has in store for us on Thursday in Shelbyville. Churchill Downs is gearing up for the 146th Kentucky Derby on Saturday. A curve ball has been thrown, with Art Collector ruled out of the Derby because of a minor foot injury. That removes yet another threat for Tiz the Law on Saturday. Nadal or Charlatan will not be heading to the gate either as a result of injuries. Shirl’s Speight had to bow out of the Kentucky Derby around a week ago because of a cough. He was a heavy underdog, but was bet down with some interest there.
Stakes wise on Thursday, Churchill Downs is featuring the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (Gr. 3) on what they call Thurby in Louisville. It’s an average day at Indiana Grand today. There will be $221,500 on the line at Indiana Grand over ten races on Thursday. That’s pretty consistent with their usual cards. Head below for our free Indiana Grand picks for September 3, 2020.
Post Time: 2:20 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
We will get started with the first race of the day at Indiana Grand. Race 1 gets the day started in Shelbyville with a modest purse of $11,000. Conrad in Charge and El Bohemio are on my shortlist for this event.
Conrad in Charge might be an 8/1 underdog, but I think he has a chance to put a charge into this race. He was a winner on July 28 in a $16,000 event. It was an easy win for Conrad in Charge, as he cleared the field by 6 lengths as the favorite. He was clear by the ½ pole and kept building.
However, he didn’t do a good job following up on August 12 in a $15,000 race. Conrad in Charge had nothing to show, as he finished 8th. He weakened late and didn’t have much left in the tank after his effort just a couple of weeks earlier.
That race might have taken something out of him. In his last three races, he’s finished 2nd, 1st, 8th. Conrad in Charge gets an extra week rest between his last race, so that might help. If he can get back to how he was running July, then a win as a heavy underdog should be within his sights.
El Bohemio moves way down in class following tough performances in the $35,000 class. He finished 5th, 3rd, 6th, 12th in his previous four races. All in much higher classes than El Bohemio will have to deal with on Thursday.
El Bohemio won on October 23, 2019 in a $33,000 event by a length as the favorite. Since then, it’s been a struggle, but he moves way down the class scale to a $11,000 race on Thursday. This should be a winning formula for him on Thursday. If not, it’s going to be a major blow for his connections.
Post Time: 3:44 p.m. EST
Race 4 is our next stop at Indiana Grand on Thursday. The stakes are higher in this one, with a purse of $33,000 in Race 4. This event will cover 6 furlongs on the dirt. Local Honey and Flying Samurai are on my watchlist for this race. Both horses should present bold bids in the stretch. Local Honey draws the No. 9 hole on Thursday afternoon.
Local Honey has shown improvement from his debut on November 30, 2019. He finished 6th in a $8,500 race in a maiden event. That was a disappointing run for Local Honey, but that can happen as a first-time runner.
He was able to show that he’s a better horse than that in his next performance. Local Honey showed 3rd on August 13 in a $14,000 event. He goes up again in class today to a $33,000 race. This horse is open to improvement, so I don’t think Local Honey can be ignored.
Flying Samurai is winless in five career races, but this is going to be a good opportunity to head to the winner’s circle for the first time. Flying Samurai has finished 3rd, 5th, 2nd, 7th, 3rd in the first five races of his career. He finished 3rd in his most recent outing on August 27 in a $33,000 event. Flying Samurai has proven the most in this class. He should be tough to beat on Thursday.
Post Time: 4:40 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Our final look at Indiana Grand on Thursday brings us to Race 6. This is a $31,000 event for 5 ½ furlongs on the main track. Time Heist and Snell Yeah are on my shortlist here. Dodger should be in the mix in the stretch as well. Time Heist is being offered some a decent morning-line price of 6/1, so there could be some good value by post time.
Time Heist has been racing with great consistency recently. He has finished 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd in his previous four performances. That’s not bad, with Time Heist running well enough to get into the money. In his most recent performance, Time Heist finished 3rd on August 6 in a $16,000 event. I will say that was disappointing, though, as Time Heist was the betting favorite and didn’t follow through. His consistency is hard to ignore, though.
Snell Yeah drops way down in class after running in the $90,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (Gr. 3). This horse is going from running against Grade 3 horses to a very beatable field on Thursday. In his best performance, Snell Yeah placed 2nd on June 8 in a $95,000 event at Churchill Downs. Snell Yeah was on fire in a couple of workouts going into today, with a time of 59.60 seconds at 5 furlongs and 47.80 seconds at 4 furlongs. As long as Snell Yeah doesn’t get bumped or caught in traffic, this looks like a winning situation for him.