Free Picks for Churchill Downs - 6/12/20

Race 1 at Churchill Downs on Friday is a 6 ½ furlong maiden claiming for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $24,000 and field of nine. 2 Drop Dead gorgeous finished second the last time out and must be highly considered against this group. 4 Better Angels was second the last time out 4 months ago at Delta Downs and will be in the mix on Friday. 5 Champagne Affair has not shed the maiden tag in three races but has solid credentials and must be placed on the shortlist. 2 Drop Dead Gorgeous to win, Exacta 2-4

Race 2 on Friday at Churchill Downs is a 5 ½ furlong Maiden special weight for 2-year-olds with a purse of $79,000 and field of nine. 9 Hulen debuts at Churchill Downs in this race and with Ricardo Santana Jr. aboard must be respected by the others. 4 Looting is another who will debut on Friday and should be placed on the shortlist thanks to strong workouts. 3 Our Commish has displayed solid workouts leading up to this race on Friday and cannot be overlooked by the other rate. 9 Hulen to win, Exacta 9-3

Race 3 at Churchill Downs on Friday is a 5 furlong allowance optional claiming for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $85,000 and field of 10. 1A Copper Town was second the last time out over one year ago at Gulfstream Park but has trained well under a new trainer. 5 Fast Boat finished third the last time out four months ago at Fair Grounds and must be at the top of the short list. 6 Just Might was victorious the last time out 4 months ago, has won two consecutive races and is the horse to beat here. 6 Just Might to win, Exacta 6-5

The fourth race at Churchill Downs on Friday is a 1-mile and 1/16 claiming for three year olds and up with a purse of $34,000 and field of seven. 1 Admire raced well the last time out 4 weeks ago and against this competition cannot be overlooked. 4 Galindo finished second the last time out three weeks ago and must be given a great deal of consideration by the others. 7 Daddy’s On Strike ran a career-best time three weeks ago and will have Rafael Bejarano in the irons. 4 Galindo to win, Exacta 4-7

The fifth race on Friday at Churchill Downs is a 1 mile and 1/8 Maiden claiming for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $28,000 and field of 15. 4 Seven And Seven has not yet won but ran the best race yet last time out at Gulfstream and needs to be on the short list. 5 Pow Wow Prince has yet to win, but raced very well the last time out at Keeneland and stats indicate rider Julien R. Leparoux is one of the best at Churchill Downs. 10 Instigated finished second the last time out in early May at Will Rogers and will be running out of a new stable on Friday 10 Instigated to win, Exacta 10-4

Race 6 on Friday at Churchill Downs is a 1-mile allowance optional claiming for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $83,000 and field of 10. 1 Limonite was slightly below form when racing the last time three weeks ago but is expected to return to form and finish in the mix on Friday. 3 Ballagh Rocks raced well the last time out in April at Gulfstream and this assignment will be against much easier competition. 7 Set Piece was victorious the last time out 7 months ago at Kempton and debuts out of a new stable on Friday. 3 Ballagh to win, Exacta 3-7

Race 7 at Churchill Downs on Friday is a six-furlong starter allowance for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $43,000 and field of seven. 3 Hidden Ruler ran a respectable race the last time out at Churchill Downs three weeks ago and has displayed fast times in workouts. 5 Sacred Oath was victorious the last time out four weeks ago and debuts out of a new stable in this race. 7 He’s A Babe ran a career-best the last time out three weeks ago and could be hard to beat with a strong start. 7 He’s A Babe to win, Exacta 7-5

Race 8 on Friday at Churchill Downs is at 1 mile and 1/8 allowance optional claiming for three-year-olds with a purse of $81,000 and field of 15. 3 Extraordinary finished second the last time out three weeks ago at Gulfstream and puts on blinkers for the first time, which will help. 5 Earner finished second while debuting and was victorious the next time out at Oaklawn Park and must be on the short list. 6 Kadesh was victorious the last time out in March at Santa Anita and will be debuting out of a new stable. 5 Earner to win, Exacta 5-6

The ninth and final race on Friday at Churchill Downs is a 1-mile maiden special weight for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $79,000 and field of 15. 3 Digital Software leaves from a well-known barn and must always be respected because of that. 4 Greyes Creek has yet to reach the winner's circle but finished second at Belmont the last time out and must be highly respected due to having Tyler Gaffalione aboard. 9 Rochambeau finished second the last time out in April at Gulfstream and will be near the front at the wire. 4 Greyes Creek to win, Exacta 4-9

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