Churchill Downs: Kentucky Derby 2016

Selections for Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Day

Race 1:  2-3-5
Race 2:  8-4-3
Race 3:  1-11-10
Race 4:  11-2-10
Race 5:  12-3-2
Race 6:  8-1-4
Race 7:  3-1-6
Race 8:  8-10-2
Race 9:  3-4-1
Race 10:  11-7-5
Race 11:  6-10-7

Race 12:  13-6-16  The Kentucky Derby

The more I handicapped the race the more I kept going back to Nyquist. It just seems like the majority of his rivals have had some kind of blemish in their resumes while Nyquist has proven to fire every single race. He’s won on four different tracks (wet and dry) and has traveled across the country twice all while showing he can win on the lead, stalking the pace, and closing from the back of the pack. He’s impressive and his versatility cannot be ignored.

My Man Sam: I really liked his more recent effort in the Blue Grass. He was rank going around the first turn while his jockey was trying to get him into a smooth stride and had to close from last while going wide to finish a good second. He galloped out nicely.

Shagaf: He got away kind of slow from the rail in the Wood Memorial and then appeared to be uncomfortable with the mud kickback. It’s tough to win your debut going a mile and this guy did it. I think he’s a better horse with a dry track.

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Race 13:  4-7-8
Race 14:  7-4-1


Churchill Downs: Kentucky Oaks 2016

Selections for Churchill Downs Kentucky Oaks Day

Race 1:  9-7-4
Race 2:  9-8-2
Race 3:  7-5-1
Race 4:  7-4-10
Race 5:  4-8-6
Race 6:  5-1-2
Race 7:  8-5-7
Race 8:  1-7-4
Race 9:  4-5-10
Race 10:  1-8-9

Race 11:  4-13-11  The Kentucky Oaks
Go Maggie Go has battled in both of her starts an showed and extra gear down the stretch in the Gulfstream Park Oaks. I think she has plenty of room to improve while only making her third lifetime start.

Race 12:  12-5-3
Race 13:  6-10-12


Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Saturday 4/16/16

There is a double pick-6 carryover for today's card which features the GIII Los Angeles Stakes for sprinters and the Bertrando Stakes at a mile.

I'm a little short on time to write comments to my selections so that is why I'm only posting the numbers. I'll tweet out comments as the races come up.

Race 1:  3-4-2
Race 2:  5-2-4
Race 3:  7-4-2
Race 4:  2-3-5
Race 5:  5-3-2
Race 6:  4-3-6
Race 7:  3-7-4
Race 8:  3-8-1


Los Alamitos Thoroughbred Opening Day

This year's spring Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos kicks off earlier than usual given a bit of a change in the schedule for the Southern California circuit. While Santa Anita Park takes a break, Los Alamitos will run for three weeks beginning today on a Thursday through Sunday schedule with a first post of 2 p.m. Santa Anita Park will then open up again on the week of the Kentucky Derby and run right until the start of the Del Mar summer meet in the middle of July.

Los Alamitos Spring Meet highlights:

-$100,000 GIII Los Angeles Stakes on April 16
-$100,000 Bertrando Stakes on April 16
-$200,000 GII Great Lady M. on April 23
-$75,000 Surfside Stakes on April 24
-$150,000 California Chrome Stakes om April 30

Live Money Handicapping Contest on April 23 with five seats to the 2017 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.

Today's selections:

Race 1:  4-7-1

#4 Hadfunlastnight has good early speed and that is a good weapon to have over this track. He's run well for Agapito including a win and two seconds. #AgapitoTime

Race 2:  10-2-6

#10 Express Checkout has not been seen since a disappointing effort over the Del Mar turf last summer. I like the set of workouts in preparation for this event and I like that she has previous racing experience over this track.

Race 3:  5-4-2

#5 Silver Mojave comes off a solid effort where she had the lead in the stretch against a solid group over the downhill course at Santa Anita. She can sit a good stalking trip behind the favorite.

Race 4:  5-2-3

#5 Oil appears to be the class and speed of the field. He will definitely try to take them gate to wire.

Race 5:  5-6-1

#5 Lord of Chaos has run well in two of his three starts and will be tough to handle if he improves off his last start. He's worked well over the dirt here at Los Alamitos.

Race 6:  2-4-3

#2 Ebony Cat can post an upset if she gets a good tracking trip behind a duel between #3 & #4. She has a couple of good wins over the nighttime programs here at Los Alamitos so she is no stranger to this track.

Race 7:  2-4-6

#2 It Is Living Water has shown he can win on the lead or closing form the back of the pack and this race could have a variety of different scenarios unfold in regards to the pace so I like this guy's chances.

Race 8:  1-4-8

#1 Bishops of Compton is dropping in class to the lowest level of her career. Her race against straight maidens last year over this track was a decent third. A repeat of that effort should have her in the mix against this suspect field. #AgapitoTime