How’d Gene’s Picks Fare at Churchill Today?

Churchill Downs

Race 1 Prediction: 5-3-6-2

Westfest wins / pays $4.00 & $3.00 / $2 Exacta Pays $18.40 – McLean Hit

Race 2 Prediction: 4-1-3-6-2

Game Over (2) wins over Enchantera (3) and Stand and Cheer (4) – Miss

Race 3 Prediction: 4-1-6

Will Wants Candy (6) wins over Sales Call (1) and Unfading Beauty (5). $2 Exacta pays $23.80 – McLean Hit

Race 4 Prediction: 2-5-4-6

Hollywood Handsome (2) gets up in the end to win over Grandpa’s Dream (5) and War Daddy (4). Best Bet of the Day pays $4.00/$2.60. $2 Exacta pays $17.60. Best Bet of Day Hit. McLean Hit

Race 5 Prediction: 9-10-1-3-8-4

Asticou Trail fades to finish fifth and we miss here with Bonnie Arch (7). Mundy Road (3), Red Dane (1), Pauline Reserve (8) run in the next three spots. Miss Here. Out of the Pick 3.

Race 6 Prediction: 8-2-6-1-9

American Sparrow bombs, running 8th. Burgameister (6) wins over Hard Fought (4) and United Stand (9). Miss Here.

Race 7 Prediction: 5-1-2-9-8-7

Galton (9) wins over Royal Blessing (4), and High Noon Rider (5). Miss Here.

Race 8 Prediction: -7-9-10-2-8

Main Road (7) wins over Strong Yen (4) and Your Way (8). $2 Place ticket on Strong Yen pays $8.80. $2 Exacta box on top two finishers pays $39.20. McLean Hit

Race 9 Prediction: 6-3-1-4

Sky My Sky (1), the McLean Dot Horse here, gets the win over Mo Knows (3) and Celestial Insight (4). $2 win/place pays $6.80 & $3.80. $2 Exacta pays $32.60. Hit the box exacta and the wheel exacta. McLean Hit.

Race 10 Prediction: 7-6-11-10

Tiree (6) wins over Love Your Humor (5) and Dream Seeker (7). Split on the exacta. Miss on the win/place wager, too. Do manage the late Pick 3. $.50-cent pick three returns $45.30. McLean hit.

It means a lot (winning his first Grade 1 race in North America after being a leading trainer in South America). Been a tough road, for me and my family, but we all believed in ourselves and thank this great country that give us opportunities to thrive, if you work hard and you try. It’s hard to put into words.

“(Blue Prize has) matured and gotten more experience in America (after beginning her career in Argentina). She’s a phenomenal mare. I love (Blue Prize) and Dona Bruja (ARG) (a Grade 3 winner who was second in Saturday’s First Lady-G1) and (Grade 2 winner) Kasaqui (ARG). They have built me.”

Ignacio Correas IV, Winning trainer of Blue Prize [ARG]
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    Gene McLean

    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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