Churchill Downs Picks: Mint Julep S. the toast of the card on June 5

The Sunday card is here ... racing for the week is coming to an end, but before we take a few days off, a full card is coming your way!
The Sunday card is here ... racing for the week is coming to an end, but before we take a few days off, a full card is coming your way!

Churchill Downs Picks - Sunday, June 5, 2022

  • Race 1: 6-1-5-2
  • Race 2: 3-5-6-2
  • Race 3: 6-3-2-7
  • Race 4: 9-3-6-10
  • Race 5: 4-8-7-5
  • Race 6: 5-10-9-2
  • Race 7: 7-4-2-5
  • Race 8: 5-11-2-9
  • Race 9: 7-6-9-1
  • Race 10: 10-4-9-6
  • **Most Likely: South Bend #7 (Race 7)**
  • **Best Value: Life Is Hard #5 (Race 8)**

Churchill Downs has the Kentucky Derby behind them ... wait till next year ... The rest of the Meet continues on ... Prepared to run through the July 4th holiday, there will be a regular set of races Thursday through Sunday.

With an 10-race card coming your way, it will make for some excellent betting opportunities. One of the features this summer is the new Matt Winn Turf Course, which opens with a brand new grass surface. Check the weather conditions because rain can always impact the situation. Whatever happens ... it should be a super day at the races!

At we have you covered, including all of the action! It is a good time for some of the best that North American racing has to offer. Stay tuned! If you're looking for picks elsewhere around the country this Sunday be sure to check out our free Horse Racing Picks via the gold button below. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter ... Horseracing_USA !!!

Horse Racing Picks

Most Likely Winner: (Race 7: South Bend #7, 2/1):

HOF trainer Bill Mott has this horse by Algorithims pointed towards this high-level OC event. Last seen in the Knicks Go $160k on 7 May, this 5-yr-old was up against rival Three Technique #5. He ended up 3rd against that group. At odds of 7/1, he was a good price. Now, Mott goes with Tyler Gaffalione, and this is a rider that can make a major difference. This pick is 3rd off-the-bench, and that portends something positive. Thumbing through his overall form, we should have confidence that this runner can get the job done.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #7


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 8: Life Is Hard #5, 12/1):

I like the ability of Jimmy DiVito … he can spring an upset when you least expect it. This colt by Munnings really missed against similar company. Going 1 1/16th on the dirt at Churchill, he got caught in a tough traffic situation. I want to back him once again because I think he has a great shot to improve off his work at Oaklawn. Sometimes a horse just needs another chance, and I think this is it. At odds of 12/1, we cannot pass up this opportunity. The able-bodied Geo Franco gets the call, and I like his aggressive mentality in the irons.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #5 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 9: Turf, 1 1/16th, Old Forester Mint Julep S. (G3), $200k, F&M 4+):

Taking to the Matt Winn Turf Course, this Grade 3 race has a solid field … just what we need in a “feature” like this one. Out of these older females, I am “all in” when it comes to betting Cherie DeVaux’s Gam’s Mission #7. The filly by Noble Mission (GB) is my kind of turfer because she comes into Churchill off of a couple of positive “places” at the Fair Grounds and at Keeneland during their April Meet. Regular rider Adam Beschizza tried to her “up” in time, but she missed against rival Market Rumor #2, who draws in here. DeVaux is excellent when it comes to spotting her horses, and based on this one’s form from last year, she has the ability to game with the best of them. Let’s use her as the “key” horse, and then roll under my 2nd choice—Al Stall’s Dalika #6. This seasoned mare was seen in the First Lady (G1) last year at Keeneland. If she is ready to come off-the-shelf, then she could be tough to deal with. I like her chances, even though Ricardo Santana does not get all that many chances on the grass. A couple of others to use are Bill Mott’s Euro-import Petricor #1, that made her U.S. debut at Keeneland for Juddmonte in resounding fashion. Florent Geroux takes over for Joel Rosario, and the Frankel (GB) filly is primed for the class hike. Last but not least, we cannot overlook Mark Casse’s Hendy Woods #9. If you follow the turf mile division on the female side, then you know this one. By Uncle Mo, the mare is used to competition at this level. Stonestreet bred and owns her, and they are going to trust Brian Hernandez to get the job done. This is going to be some race, and with the right wager, it should pay handsomely.

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Trifecta Wheel, 7 w 1/2/6/9 w 1/2/6/9


Enjoy some racing under the Twin Spires! Best of luck on another run at Churchill Downs!

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