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)


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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