Casual sports fans are probably aware of what will take place at Churchill Downs on Saturday and, given the state of the sports landscape, television ratings figure to be robust.
In terms of intrigue, however, racing fans may be looking forward more to the Run for the Lillies: New school speedster Gamine vs. throwback Swiss Skywalker is a classic matchup.
But for horseplayers, it’s about the Benjamins, and if form holds, there won’t be many of those when Friday’s 13th race and finale is made official.
Race 10: Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes
MOST PROBABLE WINNER: By My Standards (7-5)
THE BET: McKinzie (8-5) to win
EXOTICA: Exacta box those two. Key both first and second in super-exotics, completing the play with Silver Dust (15-1) and Owendale (6-1)
Grade 1 La Troienne
MOST PROBABLE WINNER: Monomoy Girl (4-5)
THE BET: Exacta key-box Monomoy Girl with Horologist (4-1), Vexatious (4-1) and She’s A Julie (6-1)–extra tickey with Monomoy Girl on top
EXOTICA: Key Monomoy Girl on top, with three exacta fillies in super-exotics, and include Lady Kate (15-1) third and/or fourth
Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks
MOST PROBABLE WINNER: Gamine (1-1)
THE BET: Speech (5-1) to win at 4-1 or greater, three-horse exacta box including Swiss Skydiver (8-5)
EXOTICA: Super-exotics part wheel using exacta fillies first and second with each other, adding Donna Veloce (15-1), Shedaresthedevil (20-1) and Hopeful Growth (30-1) third and fourth.
Grade 2 Churchill Turf Sprint
MOST PROBABLE WINNER: Bound for Nowhere (3-1)
THE BET: Diamond Oops (8-1) to win
EXOTICA: Three-horse exacta box with the two above, including Extravagant Kid (7-2)