Raining On Our Parade At Churchill Downs

Day Results10-1-3-1
2018 Overall 1451539-529-636
Win % of Top Pick37.15%
Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall39.15%
Top Selection ITM / CD: 48-7068.57%
Top Selection Win / CD: 26-7037.14%

Ever since the heavy rains arrived in Louisville on midday Saturday, turning Churchill Downs into Churchill Drowns, our picks have gone a little soggy, too. In fact, they have been flooded, and we have been washed away.

Beginning with the 7th race on Saturday and running through all 10 events on Sunday — which covers 15 races — were are 2-for-15. I guess there is a lot to be desired about our ability to handicap on an “off going.”

Instead, we have gone off. And, that’s too bad. We were off to such a great start. At one time this meet, we had selected winners in 9 of 10 and after Friday’s card our top selection had hit the board 75.51% of the time in the first 49 races this meet. Our top selection had won 42.86% of the time.


Here’s hoping that we get some dry weather very soon. And, we get back on the horse real soon.

(Marc, Gene & Bill “enjoy” Derby Day 2018…let the rains move on)


That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer.

“He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.”

“His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

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