The Conductor’s head is spinning, three Kentucky Derby scratches and we’re not even at Oaks Day. This weekend is going to be a war, but a war we shall win. Start turning a jack, laying track, and pick up a shovel too. Let’s Ride.

Race 6: 1 Mile. Knicks Go Overnight Stakes

*Gullet Shot of the Day #7 Three Technique (20/1) – This one turn mile is loaded with early pace and it looks ripe for an upset. Three Technique’s best races have come at this distance, including a 2nd by a neck at Churchill behind Cody’s Wish last summer. Cody’s Wish would be 1/5 in this race. They prepped Three technique off the bench for this race too, and it went exactly as planned. He  ran evenly at too short of a distance for him. Now, he stretches out to his best distance and looks to get an ideal pace scenario. The Conductor will be shocked if he doesn’t hit the trifecta at a juicy number.

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Race 8: 1 Mile. G2 Pat Day Mile Stakes

#7 Fort Bragg (9/2) – Another one turn mile, another race with a wicked pace. This is one of the Conductor’s favorite races every Derby undercard. He’s collected copious amounts of coal over the years from this affair, and this year looks no different. This colt looks primed for a cutback to one turn exiting the Kentucky Derby trail. He’s pressed hot paces against much tougher and proven he can’t get two turns against the top competition. There’s no shame in that, 9/2 is just fine in this spot.

Race 10: 7 Furlongs. G1 Churchill Downs Stakes

#10 Endorsed (5/1) – The aforementioned #7 Cody’s Wish (4/5) is clearly the one to beat, but he’ll be up against it off the layoff and the pace scenario. This race has absolutely no early speed for a sprint. You could get into the stew and make a case for #8 Fortin Hill (20/1) to wire them. However, the Conductor thinks Gaffalione will be aggressive like last time and have Endorsed pressing the pace. Endorsed has turned into a new animal this year and will be tough to run down in the stretch if he gets the jump on Cody’s Wish. The Conductor will certainly take a shot at 5x the price.

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