Indiana Grand Race Course Picks – Wednesday, September 9, 2020

| September 9, 2020 12:49 am PDT

Mostly maiden and claiming races are the order of the day at Indiana Grand Race Course, with 11 scheduled matches on Wednesday.

The forecast for Shelbyville, Indiana on Wednesday calls for sunny skies, highs in the upper 80s, and winds at a mild five mph.

Read on for my racing predictions, picks, and tips for Indiana Grand Race Course today.

Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course Race 3

This is an allowance race for Indiana-breds three years old and upward running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $45,000.

In the morning line’s top four choices in this race, only the top two have won a race in 2020, and I like the second-favored (7/2) Flowerpecker, with Rodney Prescott in the irons. This four-year-old gelding finished in the money 12 of his 21 career starts, winning four of them.

At 12/1, Little Kansas with Deshawn Parker aboard is a value show bet. This five-year-old gelding moneyed 12 of his 22 starts, winning four of them.

  • Win: Flowerpecker 7/2
  • Show: Little Kansas 12/1

Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course Race 4

This is a maiden special weight race for two-year-old fillies running a distance of 1-1/16 miles on turf for a purse of $31,000.

As I’ve mentioned before, handicapping a maiden race for two-year-olds is a blindfolded dart toss at the Ouija board, so YMMV here, but I’m going with the 5/1 One by One, ridden by Emmanuel Esquivel. This filly has no starts in her record, but has shown promise in her workouts.

Speaking of longshots, this race has two: 50/1 and 20/1, and they’re both jockeyed by apprentices with seven-pound allowances. Don’t get greedy here–stay away from the 50/1 Royalandtoulouse. Consider, instead, a show bet on the 20/1 American Violet, ridden by Roland Aragon. This filly finished fifth in her only career start but has shown solid performance in recent workouts.

  • Win: One by One 5/1
  • Show: American Violet 20/1

Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course Race 7

This is a maiden special weight race for Indiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of 5-1/2 furlongs for a purse of $35,000.

I’m sticking with the 6/5 morning line favorite here—Big Blue Emu, ridden by Fernando De La Cruz. This three-year-old filly moneyed in three of her four career starts, all second-place finishes.

At 12/1, I think Valsheba, with Thomas Pompell aboard, is a value show wager. This three-year-old filly moneyed one of her two career starts and has performed acceptably in recent workouts.

  • Win: Big Blue Emu 6/5
  • Show: Valsheba 12/1

Wednesday’s Horse Racing Picks for Other Tracks

I’ve covered other tracks besides Indiana Grand for horse races on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Here are the others:

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