Ed DeRosa’s Selections for Churchill Downs on Sunday, Dec. 1

(Ed DeRosa / Director of Marketing at www.brisnet.com & a handicapping marvel)

Editor’s Note:

On Saturday, me and the lovely Leigh Ann Thacker embarked on a journey of epic proportions. We set sail — literally, at one point — for Culebra, a tiny island just East of the Puerto Rico. After a “Planes, Trains, Automobiles” and “Ferry” experience, we made it.

Oh, what a sight.

Blue, blue waters.

Perfect hint of wind to cool the skin.

And, sun galore.

Sorry. Handicapping the final day of Churchill’s 2019 calendar got lost in the shuffle, if not in the baggage of getting here.

So, we have borrowed our great friend from Brisnet.com to help us conclude the meet and the year. Enjoy. Ed’s a world class handicapper. And, a better friend.

Ed’s Selections:














Longshot: race 11 #8 Honoring Major 15-1

Best bet: race 2 #9 Davidic Line 2-to-1

Favorite against: race 1, #4 Arrowsphere 5-2


SINGLE 6 mandatory payout








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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