Holland's North American Racing Picks for Aug. 25

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August 25th, 2020

Racing from Parx, Finger Lakes, Indiana Grand and Presque Isle Downs are offered today with free expert picks by handicapper Tim Holland.


Race 1

Little early pace may help chances of #7 Curlin’s Knight (3-1), who drops in class off a fading unplaced effort here earlier this month. Son of Curlin has a record of 10-1-2-3 on this oval and trainer Wyner has won with 18% of his runners at this meet. Gelding figures to be sent early under Pennington, who won his latest ride for the barn.

Finger Lakes

Race 4

Blinkers are added to #11 Invasion Bound (6-1), who showed little after a slow start when facing better in his debut at Aqueduct in February. Son of young sire Normandy Invasion is a half-brother to four winners and has been working forwardly for trainer Baker, who wins with 20% of his second-time starters. Gelding can show more here with Santiago riding.

Indiana Grand

Race 6

#5 Chargaree (2-1) was not a factor when unplaced on grass over 5-furlongs facing much better 12 days ago, but has a record of 16-5-3-2 on this main track. Trainer Hammond wins with at 23% with claimers and 18% with horses making this surface change. Mare can be in good position throughout with Sanjur retaining the mount.

Presque Isle

Race 4

Trainer Brooks wins with 17% of his runners that have not raced for 46-90 days and saddles #6 Keep Your Thoughts (9-2), who flattened out to finish fourth after making progress from off the pace at Woodbine in June in her first start on an all-weather track. Brooks has won with 23% of his runners at this meet and daughter of Great Notion is a half-sister to six winners. Filly can be forwardly placed early with Rodriguez up.