Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Friday Horse Racing Picks and Predictions

84th running of the Churchill Downs. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Back to the action at the tracks with our four-legged friends. Your friendly ponies’ player has heated up of late and let’s see if he can keep it going Friday.

Today will be the first of three where we will be checking out the action at Churchill Downs. We have two of the three $80 K-plus allowance races covered for you, which include our free horse racing picks.

We will also head south down to Gulfstream and look at three-pack of races that are sure to whet your appetite for action.

Also, for those looking a bigger score, we have our top longshot choice for each race. Time to go!

Gulfstream Race: 4

Post Time: 2:15 EDT
Surface: Turf Distance: 1 1/16 Miles

Morning Line Favorite at YouWager: #16 Dizzy Gillespie

Backstretch News: As stated previously, not a fan of picking horses to win if they are out at a post of 14 or higher and the favorite, Dizzy Gillespie, fits that that thinking. Instead, let’s look at Twenty Four Seven, who has a dependable duo of L. Saez in the saddle and S. Joseph Jr. as trainer.

Additionally, it also has the finest Beyer Speed Figures (81-80-85). Next is Grand Nenuco, who in eight starts is 3-2-1 (W-P-S) and placing Cowboy Culture at the bottom of the ticket, who is trained by T. Pletcher.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #11 Twenty Four Seven 2) #1 Grand Nenuco 3) #4 Cowboy Culture

Longshot Pick: #1 Grand Nenuco (8-1 odds)

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Churchill Downs Race: 5

Post Time: 3:04 EDT
Surface: Dirt Distance: 6 Furlongs

Morning Line Favorite at YouWager: #10 Sweet Carli

Backstretch News: Princess Trina has enough speed (71-71 L2R) and versatility to run with the big dogs in this contest. Nevertheless, we have no qualms about taking the favorite, Sweet Carli to win and across the board, as she has the numbers to back it up at 2-2-2 (W-P-S) in the previous six outings at this distance. For the second spot it will is the Sturdy One, who enters off a few very sharp workouts.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #10 Sweet Carli 2) #9 Sturdy One 3) #1 Princess Trina

Longshot Pick: #4 Pure Sugar (8-1)


Gulfstream Race: 6

Post Time: 3:16 EDT
Surface: Turf Distance: 5 Furlongs

Morning Line Favorite at YouWager: #13 Chili Haze

Backstretch News: Chili Haze got a bad draw at the furthest outside post, yet is still the favorite because of red hot jockey in I. Ortiz Jr. and the aforementioned S. Joseph Jr. as the trainer. Our issue is the distance of the race at just five furlongs. Thus, we are placing #13 at third.

For the victory, riding with Mr. Nappy who has nearly identical speed numbers and is in a much better post at #2. For place, aligning ourselves with Bee Major, who is tied with best Beyer number in the last three races (68) in this field and would a nice payout at 10-1 horse racing odds.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #2 Mr Nappy 2) #12 Bee Major 3) #13 Chili Haze

Longshot Pick: #12 Bee Major (10-1)

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Churchill Down Race: 7

Post Time: 4:08 EDT
Surface: Turf Distance: 5 1/2 Furlongs

Morning Line Favorite at YouWager: #11 Fig Jelly

Backstretch News: This sprint challenge is for three-year old’s and up. Fig Jelly has the speed to warrant the favorite’s role with reliable numbers just like this at 93-91-88. But don’t butter your bread with just that jelly, as Chewing Gum’s last three trips have these impressive digits (94-96-87).

Plus, the added benefit of J. Rosario with the reins and revered trainer W. Mott. A toss-up to our way of thinking. To show, its American Mandate who has solid speed and R. Santana Jr. aboard.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #11 Fig Jelly 2) #5 Chewing Gum 3) #1 American Mandate

Longshot Pick: #12 Lost in Limbo (8-1)


Gulfstream Race: 8

Post Time: 4:21 EDT
Surface: Turf Distance: 5 Furlongs

Morning Line Favorite at YouWager: #5 Sugar Bolt

Backstretch News: Most of the favorites in this eight-horse field are off a lousy showing. The horse bettors consensus is they will bounce back and that includes the oddsmakers’ choice Sugar Bolt, who had a 49 Beyer after 78-74 figures.

The same is true My Masterpiece who listed 63-65, before a brutal 34. We’ll close out the stub with a more consistent horse in Palace Two Step, who’s at 54-53-55.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #5 Sugar Bolt 2) #2 My Masterpiece 3) #7 Palace Two Step

Longshot Pick: #2 My Masterpiece (10-1)

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Churchill Downs Race: 9

Post Time: 5:12 EDT
Surface: Turf Distance: 1 Mile

Morning Line Favorite at YouWager: #9 Malakeh and #12 Viadera

Backstretch News: Have no problems with Malakeh at 5-2 odds. This horse is from Great Britain and knows how to run on the turf and recent performances suggest a stellar effort (84-86-91).

We are not as high on the other favorite and prefer a horse like Silver Kitten, who has the right chops (89-89-85) and a trainer like D. Gargan, who’s known for cashing tickets on route races. Let’s finish this off with Rogue Too, who is nicely spotted in the middle and is off two 86-speed numbers.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #9 Malakeh 2) #9 Silver Kitten 3) #6 Rogue Too

Longshot Pick: #13 Morning Molly (15-1)

Back Saturday with more racing, Good Luck!

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