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.

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 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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