The start of another big racing week begins Wednesday, as all eyes will be on Indiana Grand Race Course in Shelbyville, Indiana.
The 10-race card features four $100,000 stakes races, capped off by the 11-horse Brickyard Stakes over six furlongs for 3-year-olds and up. The Brickyard is set as race 8 with a post time of 5:31 p.m. ET.
#6, Wholelotachocolate, Channing Hill, 6-1
Trained by Tom Amoss, Wholelotachocolate is 4-0-1 in six career starts, including a 2-0-1 record this season. In his last race, he was fourth at the half-mile pole and then saved ground the rest of the way to finish 12th in the $100,000 A.J. Foyt Stakes, here at Indiana Grand. Hill will get the call again which helps and maybe the extra rest does him good. Double Tuff I think will be too tough, but we will take a shot here, especially with the jock. The pick.
#9, Double Tuff, Marcelino Pedroza, 1-1
The morning line even-money favorite. In his last start, the 6-year-old won as the favorite by 4 ¾ lengths to capture the $100,000 William Henry Harrison Stakes, where he drew off under mild urging. He has won two straight races and has finished in the top three in five of his last six starts. Pedroza gets the start for the third straight time, which puts Double Tuff in good hands. The probable winner, but we are going to try and beat him. Runner-up.
#7, Operation Stevie, Emmanuel Esquivel, 3-1
In his last start, placed third to Double Tuff and made a bid late to get a piece with Esquivel aboard. In seven of his last starts, he has posted a record of 3-1-2. On April 13, he finished fourth in the G3 Count Fleet Spring Handicap at Oaklawn Park, losing to Mitole by 5 ¼ lengths. Esquivel returns for his second straight ride, which is a good sign and maybe he learned something from the last. Sticks around.
#10, Will Knows, Orlando Mojica, 15-1
Will Knows has had a stellar 2019 campaign, going 5-1-0 in six starts. On August 21, he kicked away by three lengths to capture a $32,500 allowance race going six furlongs. He obviously likes the surface and has the capable hands of Orlando Mojica in the saddle. Pedroza, who is on the ML favorite, had previously ridden him in four of the his last six starts. In the mix.
By Lou Monaco