Horse Racing picks for Indiana Grand on Tuesday, July 6: Optimal Trip is an optimal bet

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There is plenty of great horse racing action to look forward to across America on Tuesday, including at Indiana Grand race track. Here are three runners whom we think look to be a class above the opposition in their respective races. Let’s dive in and take a look at some potentially lucrative plays.

4:29 pm Indiana Grand (Race 5) – Pioneer Man +140

Previously trained by Mark Casse, he was a three-time winner for that trainer. He signed off his 2020 campaign with a good fourth in the Durham Cup at Woodbine, leaving Casse after a narrow second at Gulfstream in February. He ran poorly on his stable debut for Michael Maker last time, but he was washy pre-race and it’s best to forgive that effort. He’s capable of far better and this is a big drop in grade for him. A small break will have helped matters and he’s the class horse in this contest.

5:31 pm Indiana Grand (Race 7) – Optimal Trip +1000

Trained by Jose Fernandez, this son of Optimzer has raced on a pair of occasions thus far. He failed to muster an effort when last of six at Keeneland on debut, but he was a different proposition over track and trip last time. He looked far more straightforward, gaining ground in the stretch, and a stronger gallop today will play into his favour. With natural improvement, he’s an interesting contender at bigger odds.

6:02 pm Indiana Grand (Race 8) – Golden Voice +160

Michael Maker’s filly graduated at the third attempt with victory at Kentucky Downs last September, subsequently contesting a pair of stakes races. She was checked in the stretch in the Selima at Pimlico on her first stakes try, with a subsequent heavy defeat in the Chelsey Flower perhaps explained by a busy campaign. She’s been absent since November, but Maker has kept her ticking over in the mornings and this is an easier assignment than she’s used to facing. Drawn well in gate two, she’ll have the perfect stalking trip and should be difficult to hold off late on.

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