Churchill Downs: September 21, 2017, By Trent Ledbetter

Churchill’s Thursday Card features a few maidens and some claimers. Highlighted by an Optional Claim 75,000. I think the 5 runs away with that one so I didn’t bother handicapping it. So here are my 3 picks of the day for the Thursday Night Card at Churchill Downs.

Race 5

Race 5 is a 10,000 Claimer for fillies and mares and my pick here is the 3-Arcelor. She comes back to a sprint, drops in class, AND gets Corey Lanerie here. I don’t know if a horse can have better circumstances for improvement and I think she handles this field. I’ll play her to W/P/S and on top of a 3/6,8 exacta. I’ll also try to hit a price in the next with a double 3/2,6,7

Race 6

Race 6 is a Maiden going 7 furlongs for 51K. The filly I like here and at a price is the 2-Silver Soiree. 10-1 on the M/L and I think she’ll be higher by post time. She’s running second off a layoff and was 3rd against similar in her last race. The inside post should benefit her here and her best wins at a major price. I’ll play her to W/P/S as well as an exacta box 2,6,7.

Race 8

Race 8 is the closing race for Churchill’s card and is a 10,000 Maiden. I find myself drawn to a price here in the 2-Thegreatgeneration. Comes into this one off a long layoff after not finishing the prior race. I think this field is a relief for him and he also gets blinkers in this one. Out of Fusachi Pegasus I think the 2 deserves a look here at a M/L of 8-1.

 

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