Free picks For Churchill Downs - 6/18/20

Race 1 at Churchill Downs on Thursday is a 5 furlong Maiden claiming for 2-year-olds with a purse of $32,000 and field of 11. 5 Admiral’s Garnet leaves from a stable that must always be respected when racing at Churchill Downs. 6 A Lot Of Spunk will be making a debut at Churchill Downs with Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr aboard and will be in the mix. 7 Overdressed starts for the first time with a new trainer and must be respected for his previous form prior to a stable change. 7 Overdressed to win, Exacta 7-6

Race 2 at Churchill Downs on Thursday is a 1-mile claiming for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $38,000 and the field of 14. 4 War Film finished second last time out in May at Churchill Downs and is showing excellent form at the moment. 7 BelieveInHolidays finished second to last time out in March at Fair Grounds and must be placed on the shortlist here. 10 Shining Through did not race well the last time out at Oaklawn, but has an excellent rider aboard in Rafael Bejarano and is expected to be in the mix. 10 Shining Through to win, Exacta 10-4

Race 3 at Churchill Downs on Thursday is a 1-mile maiden claiming for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $24,000 and field of 12. 1 Union Song raced very well the last time out at Churchill Downs in his most recent start and is expected to run well again today. 7 Joker Lady was impressive the first time out but has not repeated that form to date but will be facing less classy rivals this time out. 11 Ebony Bay has not yet placed but showed excellent form while debuting here and debuts from a new stable on Thursday. 11 Ebony Bay to win, Exacta 11-1

Race 4 on Thursday at Churchill Downs is a 5 furlong Maiden special weight for 2-year-olds with a purse of $79,000 and field of 12. 3 Tete A Tete is expected to race well while debuting at Churchill Downs and will have Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr in the irons. 6 Zebra Cake is also debuting at this venue on Thursday and has shown fine form in workouts leading up to the event. 7 Mad Maddy finished second by a length the first time out at Churchill and cannot be dismissed amongst this group. 6 Zebra Cake to win, Exacta 6-7

The fifth race on Thursday at Churchill Downs is a 1-mile claiming for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $25,000 and a field of 10. 1 QueenOfCatnipHill ran well here 5 weeks ago and is expected to finish in the mix today against this group. 6 China Cat finished third the last time out at Churchill Downs 3 weeks ago and must be given much consideration. 7 Mi Bella ran a career-best Churchill Downs 3 weeks ago and competition today is even less than last time out. 7 Mi Bella to win, Exacta 7-6

Race 6 on Thursday at Churchill Downs is a 1-mile allowance for three-year-olds with a purse of $81,000 and field of 12. 5 LetMeno did not race the last time out but at this level cannot be overlooked and needs to be on the shortlist. 6 Social AFleet ran a career-best last time out four months ago at Fair Grounds and on that form cannot be overlooked. 7 Acre has won one of four starts and on recent form must be considered amongst those to finish in the money. 5 LetMeno to win, Exacta 5-6

Race 7 on Thursday at Churchill Downs is a 6 ½ furlong claiming for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $33,000 and field of 10. 4 Self Taught was not in form last time out, adds blinkers today, pulls back in distance and therefore cannot be overlooked. 7 Visionary Tale has two victories in four starts and leaves from a brand-new stable today which should be a plus. 10 I’m Busy did not race well last time out in early May but against this level will be hard to beat. 10 I’m Busy to win, Exacta 10-4

Race 8 at Churchill Downs on Thursday is a 7-furlong allowance for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $81,000 and field of seven. 2 Father G has two victories to date, has Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr aboard and won by 2 ½ lengths last time out at Churchill Downs. 3 Tank Commander finished second the last time out at Churchill Downs in December of 2019 and must be put on the shortlist. 4 Picasso has one victory in four starts, ran a career-best last time out at Churchill Downs, and leaves from a very successful stable. 2 Father G to win, Exacta 2-3

The 9th and final race on Thursday at Churchill Downs is a 1 mile and 1/16 allowance optional claiming for three-year-olds and up with a purse of $85,000 and field of 13. 1 Vanbrugh did not race up to form last time out but following a rest and change of scenery will be at top form today. 2 Don’tBlameRocket finished second the last time out 3 months ago and against this competition could easily go one better today. 8 Cullum Road did not run well at Gulfstream in early May, represents a very successful stable and will be amongst the leaders at the wire. 2 Don’tBlameRocket to win, Exacta 2-1

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