Horse racing

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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