The Churchill Downs Saturday ticket includes the Golden Rod and the Kentucky Jockey Club. Instant Coffee was installed as a favorite in the men’s section.

Churchill Downs – Race 1

Post: 1:00 p.m. ET; $120,000 Maiden Special Weight going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 13

  • #8 DEFINITELY (3-1) gets the top pick. He should be sitting in the second row of runners trying to make a well-timed run towards the leaders.
  • #1 TOP D’ORO (15-1) shouldn’t have any trouble going the 7-mile distance. This has been really solid in the last few starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #9 DREAMWITHINADREAM (12-1) has been really solid in the last few starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #4 DESERT WOLF (4-1) goes to the Pletcher Barn and gets his hands on Gaffalione. He comes into the race in really good shape.

Selection: 8-1-9-4

Churchill Downs – Race 2

Post: 1:30 p.m. ET; $120,000 Maiden Special Weight racing 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 12

  • #5 TOWHEAD (7-2) is the best pick. She seems to be the class of the field. He comes into the race in really good shape.
  • #7 COMPARATIVE (9-2) should be competitive at this point. She needs to be respected when going for the Cox and Geroux combo.
  • #1 WITS AND WAGERS (8-1) has shown on previous starts that she can handle these conditions.
  • #4 MIJA (6-1) could have a chance in this race. She comes into the race with some really solid performances.

Selection: 5 – 7 – 1 – 4

Churchill Downs – Race 3

Post: 1:59 p.m. ET; $127,000 allowance Optional claim for 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #2 VICTORY FORMATION (9-5) should improve from the start and looks best here. He needs to be respected going out for the Cox and Saez combo.
  • #6 LUGAN KNIGHT (5-1) starts the race in really good shape.
  • #4 TWO EAGLES RIVER (4-1) will likely take a step up after the debut.
  • #1 WELAKA (12-1) is a prize horse and benefits from experience.

Selection: 2 – 6 – 4 – 1

Churchill Downs – Race 4

Post: 2:28 p.m. ET; $120,000 Maiden Special Weight going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 16

  • #15 KLASSY BRIDGETTE (3-1) gets the top pick. This one should have the stamina to get the distance.
  • #11 VAHVA (7-2) should be competitive at this point. She could be a dangerous threat if she comes loose at the front end.
  • #12 POBLANO (4-1) should improve from the first start and have no problems with the 7 meter distance.
  • #10 BRU NA BOINNE (5-1) should be on the way up from the start and could have a chance in this race. The debut number would be competitive here.

Selection: 15-11-12-10

Churchill Downs – Race 5

Post: 2:58 p.m. ET; $120,000 Maiden Special Weight racing 1 1/8 miles on dirt; Entries: 16

  • #16 ROCKET AND ROLL (5-1) should improve from the start and is the pick. He goes to the Cox barn and puts Geroux in the shoes.
  • #10 ENDPOINT (9-2) has really consistent pace numbers that should work well in a moderately fast race.
  • #2 ESCAPOLOGIST (5-1) goes to the Mcpeek barn and cuffs Hernandez.
  • #9 SPIELMAN (7-2) goes into the race in really good shape.

Selection: 16 – 10 – 2 – 9

Churchill Downs – Race 6

Post: 3:27 p.m. ET; $127,000 grant for a 1-mile stretch on grass; Entries: 12

  • #5 WORTHINGTON (3-1) looks best here. He’s going into the race in really good form. He has shown on previous starts that he can handle these conditions.
  • #7 B MINOR (15-1) is a prize horse and runs smoothly trying to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #10 DEER DISTRICT (5-2) seems to fit in here well enough. This one has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #3 MENDEL’S SECRET (5-1) goes to the Maker Barn and gets his hands on Corrales.

Selection: 5 – 7 – 10 – 3

Churchill Downs – Race 7

Post: 3:57 p.m. ET; $200,000 Fern Creek S. riding 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #3 KEY OF LIFE (1-1) gets the highest pick. She should have no trouble removing 6 1/2 furlongs.
  • #4 TWIRLED (3-1) should be competitive at this point. This must be respected when going for the combination of Asmussen and Gaffalione.
  • #2 THE GREAT MAYBE (4-1) goes into the race in really good shape.
  • #6 RED CARPET READY (7-2) should improve from the start and could get a really nice setup in this race.

Selection: 3-4-2-6

Churchill Downs – Race 8

Post: 4:27 p.m. ET; $127,000 Allowance Optional claim for 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 11

  • #1 RAISE CAIN (6-1) has tactical pace and can sit right behind the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #10 TEN DAYS LATER (8-1) could get the right setup in this race. This one seems to fit well enough.
  • #5 HIT SHOW (3-1) should be on the mend from the start and looks set to be a major player in this race. He should be sitting in the second row of runners trying to make a well-timed run towards the leaders.
  • #3 TRES SOLES (5-1) goes to the Asmussen stable and saddles up Gaffalione.

Selection: 1 – 10 – 5 – 3

Churchill Downs – Race 9

Post: 4:57 p.m. ET; $200,000 Ed Brown S. Rides 6 1/2 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 7

  • #2 BOURBON BASH (5-1) looks best here. Could be a dangerous threat if he breaks away at the front end.
  • #4 FROSTED DEPARTURE (3-1) has the best overall performance in the group.
  • #5 POWERFUL (5-2) has solid early pace numbers in a race seemingly lacking tons of front running speed.
  • #6 TOP RECRUIT (7-2) goes to the Maker Barn and gets his hands on Corrales.

Selection: 2 – 4 – 5 – 6

Churchill Downs – Race 10

Post: 5:27 p.m. ET; $400,000 Golden Rod S. Drives 1 1/16 Miles on Dirt; Entries: 10

  • #4 HOOSIER PHILLY (1-1) gets the top pick. She should be sitting in the second row of runners, trying to make a well-timed run towards the leaders.
  • #3 AMERICAN ROCKETTE (10-1) is a prize horse and can benefit from hot pace up front.
  • #1 PRETTY MISCHIEVOUS (5-2) has the highest overall performance rating in the group.
  • #7 T MAX (12-1) makes sense for speed ratings.

Selection: 4-3-1-7

Churchill Downs – Race 11

Post: 5:56 p.m. ET; $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club p. 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 9

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  • #1 CURLY JACK (3-1) is the best pick. He should have no problems at 1 1/16 miles.
  • #8 INSTANT COFFEE (5-2) could get the right setup in this race.
  • #5 RED ROUTE ONE (7-2) goes to the Asmussen Barn and gets his hands on Gaffalione.
  • #9 CYCLONE MISCHIEF (8-1) has shown on previous starts that he can handle these conditions.

Selection: 1 – 8 – 5 – 9

Churchill Downs – Race 12

Post: 6:24 p.m. ET; $120,000 Maiden Special Weight going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 13

  • #11 MOBSTER (5-1) should improve from the start and looks best here.
  • #5 MIDNIGHT PRANKS (10-1) has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #4 BACKSIDE BUZZ (8-1) has solid early pace numbers in a race that seems to lack a lot of front running speed.
  • #3 TALLADEGA (3-1) did well in the debut and even a small improvement would be dangerous.

Selection: 11-5-4-3

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