Garrity's Wednesday Stakes picks two horse races for state-bred 2-year-olds at Indiana Grand – the Anderson and the Hillsdale
There are two stakes races today, both at Indiana Grand and both featuring state-bred 2-year-olds, and we have three plays in the two races. We expect fast dirt in both, so let’s go.
Indiana Grand, Race 7, 5:08 pm ET
$75,000 City of Anderson Stakes, 6 furlongs, Dirt, Indiana-bred 2-Year-Old Fillies
Nine juvenile fillies go in the City of Anderson, and it’s a good one, and it’s also a fine reminder that a good betting race does not necessarily have to be at a major track, nor does it have to feature expensive horses with blue-blooded pedigrees. For this is a good wagering affair, despite the modest pedigrees and abilities of the entrants.
We like 8-Hungarian Princess. She broke her maiden quite nicely on August 24, and then faltered in her first race against winners, finishing a well-beaten fourth, over 13 lengths back, in an allowance race on September 15. But a close look at the results charts shows that this allowance was an open race, i.e. one in which horses bred in any stake were eligible to run, and a look at the chart of the race shows that she finished behind two Kentucky-breds and a Florida-bred. That she was even remotely competitive against these fillies is a plus.
Today she drops back in against state-breds, and we’re expecting her to win, perhaps quite easily. We will bet her to win at 4-1, and play her in the Double (see below) comprising Races 7 and 8. The bets: Indiana Grand, Race 7, $40 to win on 8-Hungarian Princess; $20 Double, 8 (Hungarian Princess) with 2 (Private Union).
Indiana Grand, Race 8, 5:35 pm ET
$75,000 Hillsdale Stakes, 6 furlongs, Dirt, Indiana-bred 2-Year-Olds
Like the City of Anderson, the Hillsdale drew a field of nine. The pick is 2-Private Union, who’s trained by Mike Maker. He’s a maiden, winless in one career start, but the race he ran was a good one, finishing a close third despite a tough trip. That Maker thinks he’s good enough to make the jump to stakes company without winning a maiden race first is good enough for us: we’re going to the windows. We will bet him to win at 5-1. The bet: Indiana Grand, Race 8, $40 to win on 2-Private Union.
That’s all for today. Until tomorrow, enjoy the racing, be safe, and, as always, good luck at the windows.