Churchill Downs: Golden Rod, Kentucky Jockey Club Analysis

By | November 25, 2022

The Saturday card from Churchill Downs features the Golden Rod and Kentucky Jockey Club. Instant Coffee was installed as the favorite in the male feature.

Churchill Downs- Race 1

Post: 1:00 PM ET; $120k Maiden Special Weight going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 13

  • #8 DETERMINEDLY (3-1) gets the top selection. He should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #1 TOP D’ORO (15-1) shouldn’t have trouble with the 7 furlong distance. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #9 DREAMWITHINADREAM (12-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #4 DESERT WOLF (4-1) goes out for the Pletcher barn and gets Gaffalione in the irons. This one comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 8 – 1 – 9 – 4

Churchill Downs- Race 2

Post: 1:30 PM ET; $120k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 12

  • #5 TOWHEAD (7-2) is the top pick. She looks to be the class of the field. This one comes into the race in really good form.
  • #7 COMPARATIVE (9-2) should be competitive in this spot. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Cox and Geroux.
  • #1 WITS AND WAGERS (8-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #4 MIJA (6-1) could be in with a shot in this race. She comes into the race off of some really solid performances.

Selections: 5 – 7 – 1 – 4

Churchill Downs- Race 3

Post: 1:59 PM ET; $127k Allowance Optional Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #2 VICTORY FORMATION (9-5) should improve off the first start and looks best here. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Cox and Saez.
  • #6 LUGAN KNIGHT (5-1) comes into the race in really good form.
  • #4 TWO EAGLES RIVER (4-1) is likely to take a step forward off the debut.
  • #1 WELAKA (12-1) is a price horse and has the benefit of experience.

Selections: 2 – 6 – 4 – 1

Churchill Downs- Race 4

Post: 2:28 PM ET; $120k Maiden Special Weight going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 16

  • #15 KLASSY BRIDGETTE (3-1) gets the top selection. This one should have the stamina to get the distance.
  • #11 VAHVA (7-2) should be competitive in this spot. She could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #12 POBLANO (4-1) should improve off the first start and shouldn’t have trouble with the 7 furlong distance.
  • #10 BRU NA BOINNE (5-1) should improve off the first start and could be in with a shot in this race. The debut number would be competitive here.

Selections: 15- 11- 12- 10

Churchill Downs- Race 5

Post: 2:58 PM ET; $120k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/8 miles on dirt; Entries: 16

  • #16 ROCKET AND ROLL (5-1) should improve off the first start and is the top pick. He goes out for the Cox barn and gets Geroux in the irons.
  • #10 ENDPOINT (9-2) has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #2 ESCAPOLOGIST (5-1) goes out for the Mcpeek barn and gets Hernandez in the irons.
  • #9 SPIELMAN (7-2) comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 16- 10- 2 – 9

Churchill Downs- Race 6

Post: 3:27 PM ET; $127k Allowance going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 12

  • #5 WORTHINGTON (3-1) looks best here. He comes into the race in really good form. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #7 B MINOR (15-1) is a price horse and runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #10 DEER DISTRICT (5-2)seems to fit well enough here. This one has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #3 MENDEL’S SECRET (5-1) goes out for the Maker barn and gets Corrales in the irons.

Selections: 5 – 7 – 10- 3

Churchill Downs- Race 7

Post: 3:57 PM ET; $200k Fern Creek S. going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #3 KEY OF LIFE (1-1) gets the top selection. She shouldn’t have trouble with the 6 1/2 furlong distance.
  • #4 TWIRLED (3-1) should be competitive in this spot. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of Asmussen and Gaffalione.
  • #2 THE GREAT MAYBE (4-1) comes into the race in really good form.
  • #6 RED CARPET READY (7-2) should improve off the first start and could get a really nice setup in this race.

Selections: 3 – 4 – 2 – 6

Churchill Downs- Race 8

Post: 4:27 PM ET; $127k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 11

  • #1 RAISE CAIN (6-1) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #10 TEN DAYS LATER (8-1) could get the right setup in this race. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #5 HIT SHOW (3-1) should improve off the first start and appears to be a major player in this race. He should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #3 TRES SOLES (5-1) goes out for the Asmussen barn and gets Gaffalione in the saddle.

Selections: 1 – 10- 5 – 3

Churchill Downs- Race 9

Post: 4:57 PM ET; $200k Ed Brown S. going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #2 BOURBON BASH (5-1) looks best here. He could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #4 FROSTED DEPARTURE (3-1) has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #5 POWERFUL (5-2) has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #6 TOP RECRUIT (7-2) goes out for the Maker barn and gets Corrales in the irons.

Selections: 2 – 4 – 5 – 6

Churchill Downs- Race 10

Post: 5:27 PM ET; $400k Golden Rod S. going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #4 HOOSIER PHILLY (1-1) gets the top selection. She should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #3 AMERICAN ROCKETTE (10-1) is a price horse and may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #1 PRETTY MISCHIEVOUS (5-2) has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #7 T MAX (12-1) makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 4 – 3 – 1 – 7

Churchill Downs- Race 11

Post: 5:56 PM ET; $400k Kentucky Jockey Club S. going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 9

Instant Coffee | Blood Horse
  • #1 CURLY JACK (3-1) is the top pick. He shouldn’t have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance.
  • #8 INSTANT COFFEE (5-2) could get the right setup in this race.
  • #5 RED ROUTE ONE (7-2) goes out for the Asmussen barn and gets Gaffalione in the irons.
  • #9 CYCLONE MISCHIEF (8-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 1 – 8 – 5 – 9

Churchill Downs- Race 12

Post: 6:24 PM ET; $120k Maiden Special Weight going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 13

  • #11 MOBSTER (5-1) should improve off the first start and looks best here.
  • #5 MIDNIGHT PRANKS (10-1) has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #4 BACKSIDE BUZZ (8-1) has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #3 TALLADEGA (3-1) ran well on debut and even a small improvement would be dangerous.

Selections: 11- 5 – 4 – 3

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