Indiana Grand is offering a “Royal Pick 4” which starts in race six and includes the $200,000 (G3) Indiana Oaks and the $500,00 (G3) Indiana Derby. I’ll be trying my luck In cashing both the mid-card and Royal pick 4.
Race six is the $100,000 Indiana General Assembly Distaff going 1 1/16 miles on the turf for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up. Lovely Bernadette is 8-5 on the morning line for trainer Bernie Flint and jockey Florent Geroux. This daughter of Wilburn loves to win. She’s 3-for-4 at the distance and 8-for-17 lifetime. She won last year’s $200,000 Indiana Grand Stakes, so she knows the course well; she’ll be tough to beat.
Queen Caroline loves the Indiana Grand Turf. Like fellow competitor Lovely Bernadette, she also won the Indiana Grand Stakes, albeit back in 2016. She’s seen nothing but stakes company in her last eight starts for trainer Michael Matz. She’s 8-1 on the morning line with Robby Albarado in the irons. She’s tactical enough to be close, but has a good kick. What’s more, she’s a two-time stakes winner on the Indiana Grand turf course and that’s enough for me to make her my top selection.
Lovely Loyree is 4-1 on the morning line for trainer Michelle Boyce. She’s a classy daughter of Cactus Ridge. In her career she’s knocked heads with the likes of Tepin and La Coronel. She has good early speed and I believe she will be sitting right off the flank of Hachi. Jockey Fernando De La Cruz has great hands and is strong with speed horses.
The wild card of the race is Hachi. The Chilean bred is 15-1 on the morning line for white-hot trainer Brad Cox. I have a sneaking suspicion she’ll be sent to the lead. I’ll be using her as a longshot play to steal this on the front end.
Race seven is the Warrior Veterans Stakes run at the 1 1/16 mile distance on the turf for older males.This race is wide open. I will be going deep in here, hoping to catch a longshot. Number 2, Siem Riep, is 9-2 on the morning line. He loves Indiana Grand (2-for-2) and boasts a record of five wins in nine starts on the turf. He’s my top pick. I’ll also be using #3 Swagger Jagger, #5 My Bariley, #6 Convict Pike, #7 Dalarna, #9 Dot Matrix, #11 Lanier and #12 Cammack.
Race eight is the $200,00 Indiana Oaks (G3). The sophomore fillies will be going the 1 1/16-mile distance on the dirt. Simply put, this race goes through Talk Veuve to Me. This daughter of Violence is even-money on the morning line for trainer Rodolphe Brisset and jockey Julien Leparoux. She just went toe-to-toe with the Kentucky Oaks (G1) champion, Monomoy Girl, in the Acorn (G1) at Belmont Park, where she finished a respectable second, only beaten two lengths. If she can rate, she’ll win this going away and she might be good enough to run them off their feet if she chooses to go to the lead. I’ll be singling her in my Royal Pick 4 ticket
Race nine is the $500,000 (G3) Indiana Derby for 3-year-old colts and geldings going the 1 and 1/16th-mile distance on the dirt.
King Zachary is coming off the best race of his career in the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs where he demolished the highly touted Ax Man. He’s going to be tough to beat here for trainer Dale Romans and jockey Robby Albarado.
Title Ready is 12-1 on the morning line for trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. The son of More than Ready has good tactical speed which should allow him to sit a good trip. He’s looking for his first stakes win but I think he’s sitting on a big race, using.
Dark Vader is 8/1 on the morning line for trainer Peter Eurton. Corey Nakatani flies in for the mount. The son of Tale of Ekati should be pressing the pace early. He’s a physically imposing individual. He should be pressing the pace early, if he’s left alone, he can open up and clear the field before King Zachary puts in his run.
Recapping the Royal Pick 4 Ticket. 1,4,8,9 with 2,3,5,6,9,11,12 with 5, with 4,7,8 = $42.00. You can check out my mid-card all-stakes pick 4 here at USracing.com.