Horse Racing picks for Churchill Downs race track on Thursday, November 9: Bear River can run fast

Jockey Javier Castellano rode Mage ahead of Jareth Loveberry aboard Two Phil's to win the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on May 6, 2023.
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American racing handicapper for Pickswise with decades of experience tipping on horse racing all around the world. My favorite ever horse was British runner Quevega and always on the lookout for the next one to capture my attention. Have contributed to the Racing Post newspaper in the UK and now bringing my handicapping talents to Pickswise. For Martin Pennington media enquiries, please email

There is plenty of great horse racing across America on Thursday, including at Churchill Downs race track. We have been in fine form with our picks for a long time now and we are up +126.05 units with our race selections to our recommended stakes dating back to August 5, 2021. Let’s keep it rolling!

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

1:00 pm ET Churchill Downs (Race 1) – Cashmeup 8/5 (2-star play)

This son of Nyquist showed ability in finishing on the board in his first 2 starts, including when 8 lengths 3rd in a 7-furlong $75,000 maiden claiming event at Churchill Downs in his debut.

The 3-year-old can be forgiven a below-par effort when 8th at Keeneland on his first start following a gelding operation last time out. The drop in grade today is a positive move and he is taken to score at the fourth attempt.

3:01 pm ET Churchill Downs (Race 5) – Private Creed 5/2 (2-star play)

The 3-year-old Private Creed has been competing in stakes races since placing 3rd in the Grade 1 Juvenile Turf Sprint at last year’s Breeders’ Cup meeting. The Jimmy Creed colt came home 2.25-lengths clear of his rivals over 6.5 furlongs in the Grade 2 Franklin-Simpson Stakes at Kentucky Downs two months ago.

The shorter distance today is no issue and coming into this contest on the back of a 37.80 3-furlong work, he is selected to complete a double.

3:31 pm ET Churchill Downs (Race 6) – Bear River 9/5 (2-star play)

Trained by J Keith Desormeaux, Bear River has registered 5th-place finishes in all 3 of his starts. Two of those efforts have come in stakes company, including when beaten 3.75-lengths in a Listed stakes over 5 furlongs at Santa Anita just over a month ago.

David Cohen takes the ride for the first time today and, switched to a maiden auction race, the son of Flameaway looks up to registering his first victory the fourth attempt.


Churchill Downs Early Pick 3

Race 1: 2, 5
Race 2: 3, 4
Race 3: 1, 4

Stake: $2
Total stake: $16

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