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!

(Well Defined) has a ton of natural talent and I was going to take advantage of that today,” Morales explained. “I wasn’t too worried about where I was going to be because we were really lucky with the draw position on the outside, so I figured I was going to ride a cool race.

“The horse is naturally fast and has a super-long stride, so I was going to come out running, but if somebody wanted to take the lead, I was OK with that,” Morales said. No one did, and he stretched the lead to three lengths from Knicks Go up the backstretch.

“All I wanted to do was ride a cool and collected race and keep my horse running,” Morales said. “I didn’t feel like I was going that fast at all, and my horse was going as comfortable as he possible could.

“I knew he was doing it relaxed and very much on his own. I had a lot of horse going into the second turn, so I figured I was going to ask him a little more and not wait for them to get me. If they were going to catch me, they were really going to have to come running.”

PABLO MORALES, RIDER OF THE WINNER WELL DEFINED

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