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.

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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    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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