We’re heading into the weekend without the coal we had last week, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Great cards across the country this Saturday, headlined by the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx. Let’s Ride.

Belmont Park:

Race 5: 6 Furlongs. (Turf) F.OC 80000n2x

*Gullet Shot of the Day #8 Tiple (12/1) – This mare does her best running over this Belmont turf course and she ran well off the bench last time, closing wide into a slow pace. She’s primed for a top effort today and she’ll be a nice number.

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Churchill Downs:

Race 9: 7 Furlongs. 1 3/16 Mile. Bourbon Trail Stakes

#6 Bourbon Thunder (5/1) – The Ductor will be deep into the Bourbon trail when this race kicks off tomorrow if he has his way. This colt was pace compromised in a duel last time and ran very well closing into a slow pace two back. The Ductor thinks he has a major chance and he’s heavily against #4 King Fury (6/5) at a short price.


Race 11: 1 1/6 Mile. F.G1 Cotillion Stakes

#8 Always Carina (6/1) – She didn’t get the lead last time and was disappointing. However, she’s shown she’s better routing and will get the lone lead in here. She still has plenty of room for improvement and has shown she’s talented. The Ductor will back her to wire them if she’s near this morning line.

Race 12: 1 1/8 Mile. G1 Pennsylvania Derby

#7 Hot Rod Charlie (5/2) – He’s a stud and the Ductor can’t knock him. He looks to get a perfect trip pressing #5 Midnight Bourbon (5/1) as well.

#2 Keepmeinmind (8/1) – The Ductor has chased this colt a billion times and would have 10 ranches if he edged out Essential Quality two back. He was pace compromised last time, and the Ductor still thinks he has upset potential.

#10 Americanrevolution (15/1) – He’s taking a major step up in class, but that is a serious time he ran going this distance at Saratoga last time. He’s unproven, but is the one that can light up this tote board.

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