Indiana Grand Race Course Picks – Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Thoroughbred racing at Indiana Grand Race Course continues apace with ten maiden, allowance, and claiming matches for Wednesday.
Spectators should expect a fifty-fifty chance of thunderstorms for the day, with highs in the upper 60s and mild winds around eight mph.
Read on for my Indiana Grand Race Course picks.
Pick for Indiana Grand Race Course Race 1
This is a maiden special weight race for Indiana-bred and -sired fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $35,000.
This race may be as tight as the morning line suggests, but I‘m backing the 1/1 favorite—Big Blue Emu, with Eduardo E. Perez in the irons. This three-year-old filly finished in the money three of her four career starts. Good record, but with veteran jockey Deshawn Parker aboard the second-favored Valsheba, both Perez and Big Blue Emu will have to work for the win.
There are two 20/1 longshots in this maiden race, but their workout statistics suggest rather strongly that they are not contenders here.
- Win: Big Blue Emu 1/1
Pick for Indiana Grand Race Course Race 3
This is an allowance race for Indiana-bred and -sired fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $37,000.
Looks like another race for the favorite, but who doesn’t love a horse that breaks its maiden on its first career start? That’s the morning line’s 1/1 favorite in this race—Hitthefloorrunning, piloted by Andres Ulloa, who also rode the three-year-old for her victorious maiden run.
The longer-odds entries in this race are just that, very unlikely to finish in the money.
- Win: Hitthefloorrunning 1/1
Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course Race 5
This is an allowance race for two-year-old fillies running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $32,500.
I find myself agreeing with the morning line yet again—I’m backing the 8/5 favorite, Novel Squall, with veteran jockey Emmanuel Esquivel aboard. This filly moneyed one of her two career starts, the first of which was her maiden, while the second—and non-money—finish was in the ungraded E. L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes (she placed fourth).
At 30/1, I can’t resist Showstomper, with Joshua Morales aboard. This filly moneyed two of her three career starts, winning one. The pair have the additional advantage of Morales’ seven-pound apprentice allowance. Show bet only.
- Win: Novel Squall 8/5
- Show: Showstomper 30/1
More Horse Racing Picks and Predictions for Wednesday
I found more underdogs and long-odds moneymakers at the other two tracks I reviewed:
- Monmouth Park Picks for October 21
- Thistledown Racino Picks for October 21