Horse Races Today: Friday’s Churchill Downs Analysis & Odds

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Yet another racetrack is going to be back in action this weekend, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan giving Laurel Park the green light to race without spectators starting on Saturday.

Coming up tomorrow there will be seven thoroughbred tracks in action and three quarterhorse tracks, the most action we have seen in months.

The feature at Churchill Downs on Saturday is the $100,000 Winning Colors (G3), a six-furlong sprint on the main track for fillies and mares that drew a field of eight.

The Steve Asmussen trained Mia Mischief is the 8-5 morning line. The mare won the Carousel at Oaklawn Park in her most recent outing.

Her main rivals include Break Even (9-5) who has won seven of her nine career starts and Spiced Perfection (7-2) who won the Go for Wand Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct last December.

The co-feature is the nightcap, the $100,000 Mint Julep (G3) which drew a field of field of 14 fillies and mares that will go 1 1/16 miles on turf.

The Brad Cox trained Juliet Foxtrot is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The mare makes her first start since a third-place finish in the Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar last December.

In addition, we will head out to Santa Anita tomorrow where the feature is the $100,000 Honeymoon (G3) for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Nine go to the post led by the 2-1 morning line favorite Stella Star, who ran second in the China Doll in March. The filly was making her U.S. debut after four starts in Ireland highlighted by a victory in the Killavullan Stakes (G3) at Leopardstown last October.

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Here is the opening race from Churchill Downs to get the day off to a good start:

Churchill Downs Race 1 Analysis - 5/29 (1:00 ET)

#7 Heavy Roller 3-1
#3 Curlin Rules 7-2
#1 Jungle Warfare / 1a Shivermetimbers 5-2
#5 Super Dude 8-1

Analysis: Heavy Roller invades from New York for the Atras barn that has hit at a 38% clip on the year. The gelding was not much of a threat last out in a sixth-place finish in the Bernardini last out going 1 5/16 miles. He was second two back over a wet track against $25,000 starter allowance foes, a race that produced a couple of next out winners. He beat $50,000 claimers three back in his first go off the claim and that outing came in the slop. He has won 4 of 10 on wet tracks and may catch another one today. Slow works on the morning tab in New York but that is not unusual for this high % barn.

Curlin Rules dueled for the early lead and finished gamely to prevail by a neck over $50,000 claimers last out at Oaklawn Park. It was his first win since beating Alw-1 foes at Santa Anita last October. He owns solid early and mid pace numbers and while he was fourth in his lone trip over a wet track, he is bred to love one. He looks capable of winning right back in this spot.

Today’s Featured Race of the Day from Churchill Downs:

Churchill Downs Race 8 Analysis - 5/28 (4:21 ET)

#9 Leinster 4-1
#3 Real News 8-1
#4 Totally Boss 3-1
#10 Extravagant Kid 7-2

Analysis: Leinster returns off a 6 1/2-month layoff here for the Arnold barn. The five-year-old checked in seventh in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) in his last outing. He went into that race off three solid efforts including a win in the Troy (G3) and a game runner up finish two back in the Woodford (G2) at Keeneland. His won trip here was last June where he beat Alw-2 foes. The barn is just 2 for 22 with runners coming back off a +180-day layoff dating back two years. This guy was working quickly at Palm Meadows and has a capable of drills at Keeneland. He looks ready and this is a good spot here.

Real News won the Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint at Sam Houston in his last outing back in January. He has landed in the exacta in 5 of his 6 trips on turf. This colt owns solid early and mid pace numbers and has worked quickly at Fair Grounds. The colt looks as if he has matured over his three-year-old campaign for the Stall barn. The barn is 13% winners with runners coming back off a 61-180-day layoff.

Live Longshots:
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their trifecta and superfecta wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win-place wager.

Churchill Downs
R1: #5 Super Dude 8-1
R3: #3 Proven Warrior 8-1
R4: #12 Lemon Blitz 12-1
R5: #3 Automate 8-1
R7: #10 Early Mischief 12-1
R8: #3 Real News 8-1
R9: #9 Alex’s Strike 8-1

Good luck today!