Horse Racing picks for Churchill Downs race track on Saturday, July 2: Aloha West says goodbye to the field
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Here are our best bets for today’s action at Churchill Downs.
1:16 pm Churchill Downs (Race 2) – Special Reserve 7/5 (2-star play)
Delivered a Grade 2 victory in the six furlong Phoenix Stakes at nearby Keeneland in October last year and followed that up with a good fourth place finish in the prestigious Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Del Mar in early November. Absent since then Tyler Gaffalione’s mount gets a significant drop in grade racing first up here and looks capable of making a winning seasonal debut having missed his intended reappearance here in May due to track conditions.
3:23 pm Churchill Downs (Race 5) – Wicked Halo 9/5 (2-star play)
Scored in Graded company at Saratoga as a two-year-old but somewhat surprisingly has only made one start in a Graded stakes since with that coming when finishing third in the Eight Belles over seven furlongs here in May. Impressed when delivering a two-and-three-quarter-length triumph in a stakes contest over the same track and trip subsequently. Steve Asmussen’s charge is bred to appreciate this extra distance and she can record a victory on her first start at a mile.
4:35 pm Churchill Downs (Race 7) – Super Quick 2/1 (2-star play)
Showed good form when finishing a close up third behind a top performer in Malathaat in the Grade 3 Doubledogdare Stakes over a mile-and-one-sixteenth at Keeneland in April with that effort marking her first in stakes company. Showed that was no fluke when drawing fourteen-and-a-quarter-lengths clear of her rivals when making all the running in the Grade 3 Distaff Stakes over a mile-and-one-eighth at Pimlico subsequently and she is taken to make a winning return to Kentucky.
5:16 pm Churchill Downs (Race 9) – Aloha West 2/1 (2-star play)
Had a productive year in 2021 placing in a Grade 2 contest prior to delivering a top level success when getting up to win by a nose over six furlongs in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Del Mar in November. Returned with a third in the seven furlong Grade 1 Churchill Downs Stakes here in May and he can put a below par fourth in the mile Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap behind him to take this contest.
5:47 pm Churchill Downs (Race 10) – Mandaloun 2/1 (2-star play)
Runner-up twice in Grade 1 company last year including in the Kentucky Derby at this venue 14 months ago the Into Mischief colt made a winning seasonal reappearance when taking the Grade 3 Louisiana Stakes over a mile-and-one-sixteenth at Fair Grounds in January. Below that form when down the field in the Grade 1 Saudi Cup over a mile-and-one-eighth in Riyadh subsequently he looks up to making a winning return from a break with regular jockey Florent Geroux up.
Late Pick 3
Race 8 – 1, 4
Race 9 – 4, 5
Race 10 – 6, 7
Stake – $2.00
Total Stake – $16.00
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