Horse racing

Jeff Nahill’s opinions for Friday, May 13 UPDATED

RACE 1: 2-6-3-5 scratched: 3; new order: 2-6-4-5

RACE 2: 6-2-4-5

RACE 3: 3-4-2-5 scratch: 5; new order: 3-4-2-1

RACE 4: 7-3-5-4

RACE 5: 5-6-3-1 (BEST BET)

RACE 6: 2-6-9-3

RACE 7: 6-4-3-1 scratch: 1; new order: 6-4-3-7

RACE 8: 5-6-7-9

gOOD LUCK. STAY SAFE.

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Jeff Nahill’s results

SATURDAY CHURCHILL DOWNS (Races 5-12)

Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 3 (Speak of the Devil $4.20, fifth, exacta box $12.80, trifecta box $36.30, superfecta box $56; Jack Christopher $3.40, seventh, exacta box $21.20; Jackie’s Warrior $4, 10th, exacta box $15.80, trifecta box $47.60)

Third choice winners: 1 (Stolen Base $13.20, ninth)

Fourth choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0

SATURDAY SANTA ANITA

Top choice winners: 2 (Hopper $6.20, eighth race, daily double key $34, Pick 3 key $63.70, exacta key $19.80; Connie Swingle $4.80, ninth, cold daily double $14.80, Pick 3 key $93.40, cold exacta $14.60)

Second choice winners: 4 (Dance to the Music $4, second, exacta box $11.40, trifecta $18; Exultation $12.60, third, exacta box $86.80; Flat Out Joy $6.40, sixth; Ballet Dancing $17.20, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (Island of Love $7.80, fifth, exacta box $23.20)

Long shot winners: 1 (Machtenhaironfire $18.20, fourth) 

FRIDAY SANTA ANITA

Top choice winners: 2 (Conundrum $4.80, second race, daily double key $13.60, cold exacta $10.80, trifecta key $25.60, superfecta key $36; Tartini $13.60, third, cold daily double $28.80, Pick 3 key $33.50)

Second choice winners: 1 (Lil Light Headed $3.60, fourth, daily double key $23.20, Pick 3 key $29.70, exacta box $22.40, trifecta box $64)

Third choice winners: 2 (Annie’s Song $5.60, first; Ghostem $4.20, fifth, Pick 3 $54.10, Pick 4 key $81.40, Pick 5 $233.60, exacta box $12.40, trifecta box $36.90, superfecta box $127.90)

Long shot winners: 2 (Dr. Troutman $15.40, eighth; Red Road $33.40, ninth, exacta box $88.20)

SUNDAY MAY 1 SANTA ANITA

Top choice winners: 2 (iT’S sIMPLE $13.60, THIRD RACE, EXACTA KEY $68.40; With This Vow $5.40, fifth, daily double key $8, Pick 3 key $42.80, cold exacta $28.20, cold trifecta $115.80)

Second choice winners: 2 (Settecento $3, fourth, daily double key $20.80; Canoodling $9.60, ninth)

Third choice winners: 2 (Silken Prince $14.20, sixth, daily double key $77.80, Pick 3 key $45.10; All Four Winds $12.80, eighth)

Long shot winners: 0

SATURDAY APRIL 30 SANTA ANITA

Top choice winners: 3 (Brickyard Ride $2.80, fourth race, daily double key $7.60, exacta key $13.40, trifecta key $33.80; Stilleto Boy $6, sixth, daily double key $16.40, Pick 3 key $23.40, cold exacta $7.40, trifecta key $13.60; Beyond Brilliant $5, 11th, daily double $42.40, cold exacta $17.80, Pick 3 key $95.70, trifecta key $86.80)

Second choice winners: 5 (E Z Pharis $6.40, second, reverse exacta $8.60, trifecta box $27.60, superfecta box $80.80; Gallovie $5.60, third, exacta box $22, trifecta box $84.60, superfecta box $85.90; Midnight Memories $3.60, eighth, Pick 3 key $71.10, reverse exacta $10.20, trifecta box $19.20; Forgiving Spirit $11.40, ninth, exacta box $40.60; Blue Stripe $14.80, 10th, reverse exacta $33.40, trifecta box $116.80)

Third choice winners: 1 (Fast Buck $4.80, fifth, daily double key $6.80, Pick 3 key $14.30, exacta box $19)

Long shot winners: 1 (Standing O $15.20, seventh, daily double key $47.60, Pick 3 key $102.90)

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Jeff Nahill’s Churchill Downs opinions for Saturday, May 7 (Kentucky Derby day, Races 5-12) UPDATED

FIFTH RACE: 5-8-7-6-1

SIXTH RACE: 11-4-2-8-9

SEVENTH RACE: 3-5-10-12-9

EIGHTH RACE: 7-6-2-4-8

NINTH RACE: 7-6-9-2-10

10TH RACE: 1-3-8-7-6 SCRATCHED: 8; NEW ORDER: 1-3-8-5-6

11TH RACE: 8-3-1-6-7 (BEST BET) SCRATCHED: 1; NEW ORDER: 8-3-4-6-7

12TH RACE KENUCKY DERBY 1. (3) Epicenter, 2. (16) Cyberknife, 3. (12) Taiba, 4. (10) Zandon. LONG SHOT: (8) Charge It.

Gotta be honest, this year, I don’t have a strong opinion. This crop seems pretty even. That being said I think the best 3-year-old I’ve seen is EPICENTER (7-2). Thank goodness trainer Steve Asmussen broke his 0-for-75 streak in Kentucky on Friday’s Oaks undercard. This son of Not This Time has tactical speed and should be up close from the start. CYBERKNIFE (20-1) was beaten by Epicenter In January, but he has won two in a row and reports are he loves the Churchill Downs surface. I view TAIBA (12-1) and MESSIER (8-1) as one in the same. Both are from the Bob Baffert barn (now trained by Tim Yakteen?). Taiba has a ton of talent despite just two starts (and two wins) and he doesn’t work out well so ignore those morning times. MESSIER has tons of talent and a win wouldn’t surprise. ZANDON (3-1) has that guy Flavien Prat in the irons and will be in the mix. CHARGE IT comes from Florida and has talent. If you have an opinion on another horse, bet it. It’s wide open this year.

gOOD LUCK. sTAY SAFE.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Secret Oath $10.80, 11th race, exc=acta box $39.40, daily double key $47.60, Pick 3 key $81.30, Pick 4 key $1093.25, Pick 5 key $2210.95, Pick 6 key $2763.02)

Second choice winners: 5 (Blecker Street $4, fifth, exacta box $11, trifecta box $27.30; Olympiad $3.80, seventh, exacta box $12; New Year’s Eve $31.20, eighth, reverse exacta $136.80, trifecta box $195.90; Matareya $4, ninth; Arrest Me Red $7.40, 10th, exacta box $322, trifecta box $1146.60, superfecta box $7989.90)

Third choice winners: 1 (Pauline’s Pearl $5.80, sixth, exacta box $11.80)

Fourth choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0

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Jeff Nahill’s Churchill Downs opinions for Friday, May 6 (Kentucky Oaks day, Races 5-11)

Note: Weather forecast says rain. We’ll see. If it rains and you see a son or daughter of GUN RUNNER, bet them. Huge off-track numbers.

RACE 5: 6-8-1-8-4

RACE 6: 2-4-6-1-5

 RACE 7: 4-5-7-1-6

RACE 8: 3-9-8-5-10

RACE 9: 4-8-3-10-9

RACE 10: 9-10-1-8-6 (BEST BET)

RACE 11 KENTUCKY OAKS: 1. (1) Secret Oath, 2. (13) Shahama, 3. (7) Echo Zulu, 4. (4) Nest. LONG SHOT: (2) Nostalgic.

SECRET OATH gets huge jockey switch to Luis Saez. She ran against the boys in the Arkansas Derby (finishing third) after a brutally wide trip. If she had run against the girls last time, she wouldn’t be 6-1 on the morning-line.SHAHAMA (15-1) is ridden by our old West Coast pal Flavien Prat. He has already proven to the Midwest and East Coasters that he’s the real deal. Tough post but in Prat we trust. ECHO ZULU (4-1) has done nothing wrong as her 5-for-5 record proves. She will be out front, but trainer Steve Asmussen hasn’t had the best luck in Kentucky the last six months (0 for 72 coming into Thursday’s action). NEST (5-2) is the morning-line favorite and is trained by Todd Pletcher, who also trains SHAHAMA. NOSTALGIC (15-1) is from the Bill Mott barn and has the best closing kick in the race.

Good luck. Stay safe.

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