A field of seven will line up in Wednesday’s $300,000 Indiana Derby (G3) led by the Brad Cox trained Fulsome, the 4-5 morning line favorite.
Fulsome is coming off a career best effort winning the Matt Winn (G3) at Churchill Downs on May 29 and is perfect in his three starts on the main track. His first four career outings including his maiden breaker were on the turf.
Florent Geroux is in to ride the son of Into Mischief and will break from the one post. Cox and Geroux teamed up to win the 2020 edition of this race with Shared Sense.
Mr. Wireless (5-2) is the second choice on the morning line. The Bret Calhoun trainee was second in the Texas Derby in the slop in his last outing on May 31 at Lone Star Park.
Trainer Dallas Stewart sends out Starrininmydreams (6-1), who was third in the Lexington (G3) in the slop in April and was a troubled seventh in the Pat Day Mile (G2) in his most recent start.
Starrininmydreams Seventh in Pat Day Mile
There are six stakes on the 12-race card that kicks off at 2:35 ET. The Indiana Derby goes off as the 12th race with a post of 8:25 ET.
The co-feature on the card is the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (G3) which drew a competitive field of 11 three-year-old fillies.
The Dallas Stewart trained Will’s Secret is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The filly was third at 26-1 in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in her last outing.
Among her foes is Santa Anita Oaks (G2) winner Soothsay (3-1) and Lovely Ride (4-1) who has won three in a row for trainer Bret Calhoun and makes her stakes debut.
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Let’s head out to Indiana Grand for Wednesday’s featured race of the day:
Indiana Grand Race 12 The Indiana Derby G3 8:25 ET
3 Starrininmydreams 6-1
7 Mr. Wireless 5-2
1 Fulsome 4-5
5 Sermononthemount 10-1
This colt came up short in the Pat Day Mile (G2) on Kentucky Derby Day. The colt did have some trouble heading down the backstretch where he was bumped around, weakening in the stretch to finish seventh behind a couple of nice three-year-olds in Jackie’s Warrior and Dream Shake. Jackie’s Warrior came back to run second in the Woody Stephens (G1) on June 5 at Belmont Park, beaten a neck. Our top pick’s career top speed fig came in the slop two back in the Lexington (G3) where he tracked the early pace and finished evenly in a third-place finish. He returns with lasix and is one of the few in here that has some early zip. The best strategy here may be if Saez elects to send him. Stewart is well known to pull off an upset in a graded stake from time to time and the colt has worked well since his last outing. Decent value if he goes off near his 6-1 morning line.
The Calhoun trainee caught a sloppy track last out in the Texas Derby at Lone Star. The gelding was four wide around the far turn and the backstretch, was bumped around from the 3/16’s to the furlong marker and finished gamely while unable to match strides late with the winner, beaten ¾ of a length. He beat Alw-1 company at Oaklawn Park two back by a nose and also won by a nose in his maiden breaker three back. In that outing he edged Stiletto Boy, who won the Iowa Derby in gate to wire fashion on July 2. He will be forwardly placed and along with our top pick, the two should have a good jump on the favorite.
Trained by Brad Cox, this colt earned a career top in a good looking win in the Matt Winn (G3) last out at Churchill Downs. Four have come out of that race to run back with the best effort a third by Helium in the War Chant on June 26 at Churchill Downs. Cox ran this guy on turf in his first four starts and he is now perfect in his three starts on the main track. He won the Oaklawn two back at nine furlongs over Warrant who came back to win the Texas Derby. He draws the rail and a field with no early speed, which won’t exactly flatter his running style. He looks tough but at a light price we will try and beat him here.
WIN: Starrininmydreams to win at 9-2 or better.
EXACTA: 3 / 1,5,7 and 3,7 / 1,3,7