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Thoroughbreds Wednesday: RT picks the Daily Double at Indiana Grand and has a new fave for the Preakness

Post time 2:15 pm EDT

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Kentucky Derby, the aftermath and the upcoming Preakness

The stewards got it right to wit: my poh-lice brother called and in his poh-lice voice boomed . . . ”Maximum Security got fu**ed.” I quick asked, “why do you pull people over who speed . . . is it a) because it’s against the rules or b) to prevent another potentially worse event?” He hung up on me.

PS – who cares how long it took to decide? Millions of wagering dollars, breeding dollars and purse money were at stake and adherence to the standards is the cause célèbre.

Gary West, owner Maximum Security declared, in a highly picante fashion, that he is not running Maximum in The Preakness. This is less than 36 hours after The Derby was decided - an overt act of immature defiance. To compound matters, West was aired on Fox blaming War Of Will for causing interference and preventing his victory, “(War of Will) did things to us that could have endangered the entire field.” This prompted WoW’s owner, Gary Barber to make the statement, “Everybody is saying we endangered all these people, which is bullshit. My reputation is worth something and so is the reputation of (jockey) Luis Saez and the horse and (trainer) Jason Servis. This is beyond winning the Kentucky Derby. It is a reputational matter. It would be that way to anyone.”

On Tuesday, Bill Mott, trainer of Country House, announced they’ll be skipping the Preakness due to a cough. This, in turn, removes his other Derby entrant, Tacitus, from the race.

Shug McGaughey, trainer of Code Of Honor has backed out.

I ask….could all of these declarations be an act of comradeship?

No.

The reason? Looming large out there is the Stay Thirsty gelding, who, by the way, has home field advantage – Alwaysmining https://bit.ly/2JpkkJs

Whether it be Maximum Security, Country House, Omaha Beach or Patton called off the Pas-de-Calais to storm Omaha Beach, none of them will beat this guy. Alwaysmining is simply that good.

So, men, huddle up, circle the wagons and act like petulant children. Your actions and words show zero class.

The Preakness belongs to the local hero.

Indiana Downs Hump DayLy Double
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RACE 1
$35.5K Allowance For Indiana Breds 3yo+ NW2 1M
Interesting group of entrants with only one having run a race this year.
1 – Solitaire Game (2/1) last seen in the Indiana Futurity in November and had only one workout since then. Pass
2 – Stewards Rules (6/1) another benchwarmer since November, his nine races have been on the turf. Two very pedestrian works since taken to rest. Pass
3 – Sustained Justice (3/1) coming off a state MSW romping win and moving up the ladder. In play
4 – Hoosier Eve (9/2) gets leader DeShawn Parker in the irons, Hoosiers’ trainer is 36% with turf to dirt, 29% with horses off 6+ months, 30% with this jockey and 24% winners overall for the meet.
5 – Skygoods (5/1) hasn’t raced since December of 2017 and only three workouts since. No thanks.
6 – Printer Jam (6/1) three year old who’s been off since October of 2018 and just one workout. Pass.
Indiana Grand Race 1 Bets:
4 - $25/w $50/p
$2 Exacta 3-2/3-2-1-4-5
$5 Daily Double 3-2/4

RACE 2
$5K Indy Bred Claimers 3yo+ Fillies and Mares NW3 6f
4 – Hoppestry (4/1) going for a DeShawn Parker double to start off the card. The five horse, below is the lone speed and its jockey is inexperienced enough to let his win slip away to DeShawn.
5 - Long Legged Linda (3/1) after a six month respite, Linda ran in a $5K NW3 WClm and hit the board. She is the lone speed in this race and if jockey David Mello (4% last 30 days) can hang on, he has a chance.
Indiana Grand Race 2 Bets
4 - $20/w $40p
$5 Exacta Box 4-5