Horse Racing picks for Churchill Downs race track on Saturday, November 11: I can feel your Wicked Halo

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Shane Ketteridge

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US horse racing handicapper for Pickswise. Have handicapped horse racing in the UK for more than a decade, working as a tipster for the Racing Post, but have specialized in American racing for years. For Shane Ketteridge media enquiries, please email

There is plenty of great horse racing across America on Saturday, including at Churchill Downs race track. We have been in fine form with our picks for a long time now and we are up +132.65 units with our race selections to our recommended stakes dating back to August 5, 2021. We hit 3 winners in 5 races on Friday for a profit of +5.6 units. Let’s keep it rolling!

Here are our best bets for today’s action at Churchill Downs race track.

2:30 pm Churchill Downs (Race 4) – Wicked Halo 6/5 (2-star play)

Race 4 at Churchill Downs is a 6-furlong stakes event for the female division and this can go to Steve Asmussen’s Wicked Halo, who is a dual stakes winner at this course. This classy daughter of Gun Runner skipped last week’s Breeders’ Cup to come here and will be very tough to beat if running close to her best form. Expect jockey Tyler Gaffalione to keep it simple on her.

4:01 pm Churchill Downs (Race 7) – Easy Action 2/1 (2-star play)

Tunisian Spring is likely to go off a warm order in this 6-furlong dirt Allowance, but Easy Action has been knocking on the door in recent starts and can win this. Norm Casse’s charge recorded a career-best speed figure when finishing a neck second in this grade over course and distance last time out and it’s only a matter of time before he gets his head in front.

5:05 pm Churchill Downs (Race 9) – Commandperformance 9/2 (1-star play)

It was pleasing to see Commandperformance recapture some of his old form when hitting the board in an Allowance Optional Claimer last time out and, with a recent solid workout under his belt, he can win for the first time since August 2022. This gelding has yet to fulfill his full potential and I fancy him to come with a winning late run under Luis Saez — who will likely drop him in from stall 9.

5:35 pm Churchill Downs (Race 10) – Rockemperor 4/1 (2-star play)

Chad Brown has never won the Grade 3 River City Stakes but he has a good chance of doing so here with the seven-year-old, Rockemperor. Two seasons ago this gelding won in Grade 1 company and although he isn’t at those levels anymore, he still retains plenty of ability and will appreciate this easier task. So it would not surprise should he get his head in front from a handy post position.


Late Pick 4

Race 8: 5, 6
Race 9: 5, 7, 8
Race 10: 4, 10
Race 11: 6, 9, 12

$0.50 Late Pick 4, cost $18.

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