McLean’s Final Statistics From the Churchill Downs’ November Meet

Day Results12-3-4-8
2018 Overall 1810664-645-798
Win % of Top Pick36.69%
Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall38.80%
Top Selection ITM / CD Nov 118-18962.43%
Top Selection Win / CD Nov 63-18933.33%
“Key Horses” @ CD Nov: 29-9-7-231.03%

It was an interesting meet at Churchill Downs this November. The Breeders’ Cup two-day extravaganza kicked off the meet, which was full of thrills and upsets and other masterpieces.

While we got off to a bit of a rough start, we did managed to salvage a meet where our top pick did win 33.33% of the top. The big number for the meet, though, was that our top selection hit the board (finishing either first, second, or third) on 62.43% of the time. And, that was despite a rough closing day when we had only 5 of 12 notch a top 3 finish.

Overall this year, we are still hitting at close to a .37% win rate.

This week we will be shifting our eyes down to New Orleans and will handicap the remainder of the Fair Grounds race meet — which will run all the way through March of 2019.

We look forward to making a trip or two down to Cajun Country and the Bayou, as well.

New Orleans? Here we come.

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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    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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