Dave’s Handicapping Picks for May 3 at Churchill

Wednesday is here, and that means another full day of racing and handicapping at Churchill Downs. Here are my picks for May 3 under the Twin Spires.

Race 1- 5, Confederate Rags

I’ll take the 5 here, but don’t feel all that great about it. There’s not a whole lot to get excited about here.

Race 2- 2, Juliet Foxtrot (SCR)

The 2 loves running long-distance races and particularly loves Churchill Downs. Too bad he’s scratched. Don’t feel strongly about anyone else in Race 2.

Race 3- 3, Jury Wise

This tactical mare can stay close throughout the race and can win it in the end.

Race 4- 2, Sea Cloud; 6, Clair de Lune

Nothing particularly exciting in Churchill’s fourth race, so try an exacta with the 2 and the 6.

Race 5- 1, Greelys Charm; 4, P J’s Awesome

Greelys Charm came out at 5-1 and and P J’s Awesome was listed at 10-1. If you can get similar odds on both horses, I’d bet both to win.

Race 6- 6, Shezaprado

I’m conflicted between Shezaprado and the 7, Summertime Sky, but I’ll lean Shezaprado here.

Race 7- 1, I’m With Miller

The 7 gets lasix and has some ground to work in Churchill’s seventh race.

Race 8- 5, Crooked As Can Be

Crooked As Can Be qualified for this race last time out. He can move up here. The 4, Jack Tripp, will be his primary challenger.

Race 9- 6, Kasseopia

I expect to see Kasseopia battle the 9, Derby Champagne, down the stretch here. Kasseopia gets the edge, though.

Race 10- 6, Jacob Sings

Trying the first-timer over the 8 and the 9. Wouldn’t surprise me if either of them put in a good showing at all, though.

I was absolutely dancing into the Winner’s Circle. It was so exciting and Joel has been like one of my kids ever since he came from Bay Meadows. We tease each other a lot. We greet each other by grunting and everybody looks at us like, ‘what’s that all about’ but we’ve been doing it for years. So it’s wonderful to win with him. The owners are great people that really deserve something like this.

“This horse seems like he’s more adept at seven furlongs to a mile so I’m not sure he wants a mile and a quarter …

“I could tell my horse had won, but I was so excited in the stretch I thought I was gonna pass out.

“We are very happy with the way our horse had trained for this race, but it’s always scary when you get a look at those Baffert ‘Maseratis’, it pretty much unfolded the way we had hoped.

“The people that own this horse, they’ve got this colt a seven furlong-miler type maybe time will tell differently, but the other colt they are focusing on him going the two turns.”

JEFF BONDE, SPARKY VILLE, WINNER

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