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Churchill Downs 1st race – Post Time: 11 a.m. ET
4 -Midnight Sands (4-1)
After ripping apart good competition in Dubai with five straight impressive wins, the son of Speightstown makes his U.S. debut as a first-time Lasix user in this extended allowance sprint that should be well within his capabilities. A series of sharp workouts at Ellis Park should have him fit and ready for good trainer Brendan Walsh (strong stats with overseas shippers), and with the barn’s “go to” rider Tyler Gaffalione taking the call we’re expecting this talented and blossoming colt to pick up where he left off last winter. At 4-1 on the morning line he’s a strong win play and rolling exotic single.
Churchill Downs 13th race – Post Time: 5:50 p.m. ET
8 – Sacred Life (6-1)
Left his previous form behind with a career top performance when winning the Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth Park last month while producing an electric turn of foot from furlong pole to the wire. The Chad Brown-trained import clearly is tackling a tougher bunch today in this year’s edition of the Turf Classic-G1 but the genuine and consistent French-bred horse (first or second in 12 of 15 career starts) could easily be up to the task while offering excellent wagering value at 6-1 on the morning line.
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