Horse Racing picks for Churchill Downs race track on Saturday, June 4: Scalding looks a red-hot wager
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Here are our best bets for today’s action at Churchill Downs.
12:45 pm ET Churchill Downs (Race 1) – Winter Pool 5/2 (2-star play)
Winter Pool registered a third career win when drawing 7 1/2 lengths clear of his 5 rivals in an allowance over a mile and 1/8th at Aqueduct at the start of March. He proved a disappointment when last of 9 in a Keeneland allowance optional claimer subsequently, however.
He gets a drop to claiming company today and having demonstrated a liking for this venue in the past the son of Curlin looks up to providing jockey Ricardo Santana Jr with a winner in the opening race on the card.
2:45 pm ET Churchill Downs (Race 5) – McKulick 7/5 (2-star play)
McKulick has demonstrated good placed form in Graded company since breaking her maiden in her debut at Saratoga last August. She made her seasonal reappearance when finishing 2 3/4 lengths 2nd in the Grade 2 Edgewood Stakes over a mile and 1/16th at this track just under a month ago.
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione comes into this contest with an 18% strike-rate (22/121) at this meeting and his mount is taken to register a first stakes success having delivered a 50-second work when breezing over 4 furlongs recently.
3:50 pm ET Churchill Downs (Race 7) – Pauline’s Pearl 3/5 (3-star play)
Pauline’s Pearl registered a first victory at the top level when scoring by half a length in the Grade 1 La Troienne Stakes over this course and distance just under a month ago.
Returning from a break that day, she had today’s rival Ava’s Grace back in 3rd while She’s All Wolfe and Temper Time, who also re-oppose today, finished down the field. Steve Asmussen’s charge looks up to conceding weight to her rivals with Luis Saez booked for the ride.
5:26 pm ET Churchill Downs (Race 10) – Scalding 5/2 (2-star play)
Scalding took 3 starts to break his maiden, with that victory coming over a mile and 1/16th on a sloppy track at Gulfstream Park in early January. He hasn’t looked back since, delivering victories in an allowance optional claimer and 2 Grade 3 contests including a win by 1 1/4 lengths in the Ben Ali Stakes over this trip at Keeneland in April.
He has registered some good work in the morning since and looks capable of registering a 5th win in 7 starts.
5:58 pm ET Churchill Downs (Race 11) – Grand Sonata 7/2 (2-star play)
Grand Sonata completed a double when recording a neck victory having raced in 3rd place in the Grade 3 Kitten’s Joy Stakes over a mile and 1/16th at Gulfstream Park in early February. He lost nothing in defeat in finishing runner-up over the same trip in the Grade 3 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania Stakes over the same trip at Keeneland subsequently.
He registered a 50-second 4-furlong turf work last weekend and looks capable of scoring with regular pilot Tyler Gaffalione booked to ride.
Late Pick 3
Race 9: 4, 5
Race 10: 5, 6
Race 11: 2, 9
Total stake: $16
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