Churchill Downs, Horse racing

Jeff Nahill’s Churchill Downs opinions for Friday, Sept. 4 (Oaks day, stakes only)

Note: Races have been off the turf the last two days at Churchill and no matter how the course is listed (aka firm) there will be some cut in the ground. 

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Four Graces, 2. Sconsin, 3. Mundaye Call. LONG SHOT: Purrfectly Claire.
NINTH RACE: 1. Hendy Woodas, 2. Sharing, 3. Walk In Marrakesh. LONG SHOT: Lucky Betty.
10TH RACE: 1. McKinzie, 2. By My Standards, 3. Mr Freeze. LONG SHOT: Silver Dust.
11TH RACE: 1. Monomoy Girl, 2. She’s a Julie, 3. Vexatious. LONG SHOT: Lady Kate.
12TH RACE: 1. Swiss Skydiver (best bet), 2. Donna Veloce, 3. Gamine. LONG SHOT: Shedaresthedevil.Almost everyone thinks GAMINE is a free bingo square, but I don’t. Gamine is 4-for-4 on the track (DQ’d on a drug positive) and she’s great, but SWISS SKYDIVER has lost only one of her last five races and that was to the boys in Blue Grass. I just think she is the horse to beat. DONNA VELOCE is 4-2-2-0 on the track and seems like an underachiever. Maybe today she overachieves.
13TH RACE: 1. Tiger Blood, 2. Carotari, 3. Tell Your Daddy. LONG SHOT: High Crime.
Good luck. Stay safe.

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