Dave Welch Makes His Picks For ‘Thurby’ At Churchill Downs

It’s a dreary day at Churchill Downs for what Louisvillians call “Thurby,” but the racing is still on! Here are Dave Welch’s picks for some of the late Thurby races at Churchill Downs.

Race 8: 10-4-3

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I give the very slight

edge to the 10, Blaz’n Prospector, over the 4, Luna de Loco. Sharp Art, the 3, has a s

hot in this one as well. You’d be smart to bet any of these three across the board.

Race 9: 4-2-6-8

Black Sea, the French import trained by Chad Brown, looks strong here. If you’re feeling adventurous, bet an exacta part wheel 4 with the 2, the 6 and the 8.

Race 11: 3-4-5-9

Ian Wilkes’s first-time turfer, Pauline Revere, is the pick here. 4, 5 and 9 are Pauline Revere’s top challengers.

Good luck on Thurby!

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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