XpressBet editor-in-chief Jeremy Plonk offers his best bets for Thursday.
Churchill Downs Race No. 9 (5:05 p.m. ET/2:05 p.m. PT)
#9 Fuente Ovejuna (7-2 ML)
Trainer Brendan Walsh had a terrible cold streak most of the Keeneland meeting, but turned the corner very late. He's carried that over with 4 of his first 5 runners at the new Churchill meet finishing top-3. Fuente Ovejuna ran well at 18-1 on Oct. 13 at a time everything else for the barn seemingly was underachieving. Ride the high now. Win bet. Daily Double 9-5 to next pick.
Churchill Downs Race No. 10 (5:35 p.m. ET/2:35 p.m. PT)
#5 Town Branch (15-1 ML)
Price patrol for a jockey-trainer tandem that can get hot and go on wild streaks. Chris Hartman and Mitchell Murrill popped a $13 local winner over the weekend and should have this front-runner winging it for a heist. Win-Place bet.