Handicapping Indiana Derby Day (Video)

October 03, 2014 02:13pm
Indiana Round Table


The Grade 2, $500,000 Indiana Derby highlights the biggest day of the year in the Hoosier State. Indiana Grand plays host to an amazing stakes card which boasts over one million dollars in purse money.


Not only is the racing “grand” in Indiana, the celebrities are out in full force.  Indiana Basketball head coach, Tom Crean and Louisville Basketball head coach, Rick Pitino co-chair the event, along with a celebrity appearance by 2013 Playmate of the year Rachel Pomplun.


Now enough about celebrities and play-mate’s let’s get down to handicapping. Watch Hoosier State of Mind team up with Indiana Grand’s own Rachel Asbury along with two expert handicappers, Erik Fannin and Roger Browning, as we guide you through handicapping the three major stakes races at Indiana Grand on Saturday.




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Meet Scott Dick 















My journey into the sport of kings has been different than most. I do not boast a royal pedigree, and in fact, before my interest in horse racing, my family thought the Kentucky Derby was the only race of the year! I'm the son of a minor league baseball player and a homemaker, which doesn't exactly scream grade I winner.

My passion for the sport started about 8 years ago.I was watching as Funny Cide was making his triple crown run. The “Gutsy Gelding” had my eyes glued to the television with each of his triple crown races. After watching Funny Cide on TV. I decided to make a trip down to our local track, Indiana Downs.This would be an experience that would change my life.

I looked over the program, while having no idea what I was doing,I decided to put my 5 dollars on a horse named Apollonea. As the gates broke and the announcer began his race call, I heard the words Apollonea to the lead. My excitement grew as I watched my horse lead all the way around the track, eventually drawing to win by an easy five lengths. Apollonea paid 58.00 to win, I was hooked from that point on.

For the past 8 years my life has been horse racing.  I've tried to educate myself on every aspect of the sport and learn about it's past. The incredible run of the Super Filly Rachel Alexandra would also change my life. It was my intense passion and love for Rachel that would bring me to meet some of the greatest  people in the world. I owe a lot to Rachel and this sport for introducing me to such wonderful people.

I want this blog to show that Indiana Racing stacks up with any track, anywhere! It will also show what great value can be found in Indiana for the bettors, and not to mention, the incredible purses for the owners and trainers.

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