Throat Shot Thursday: The Conductor’s Thanksgiving Day Plays at Churchill Downs

Happy Thanksgiving you filthy passengers. The Conductor has plenty to be thankful for in his life. He hopes you have a glorious day with friends and family. Time to stuff our gullets and our wallets, Let’s Ride.

Race 2: 1 1/16 Mile. OC 80000b

#2 Ballard High (8/1) – This colt doesn’t often win, but always shows up. His figures fit in here and the Conductor will key him in the exacta.

Race 6: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) Alw 105000nc

#6 Holiday Stone (12/1) – He won nicely last time cutting back to a turf sprint for the first time. He’s won two in a row and the Conductor sees him thriving at this distance.

Race 7: 7 Furlongs. Clm 30000n2L

*Gullet Shot of the Day #8 Peppered (15/1) – Dropping in class and cutting back to a sprint, the Conductor guarantees he runs in the trifecta.

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Race 8: 1 Mile. Clm 50000n2L

#7 House Limit (5/1) – There are no limits in the Conductor’s house.

Race 9: 1 1/8 Mile. F.G2 Falls City Handicap

#6 Sally’s Curlin (3/1) – Winner of her last three, she’s on the improve and running massive late pace figures.

Race 10: 6½ Furlongs. Alw 97000n1x

#2 Tight Ten (15/1) – This colt showed talent as a 2-year-old and hasn’t run a good race this year. He’s had some time off since his last start, is working consistently, and Asmussen keeps him protected vs allowance company. All are positive signs.

Race 11: 1 1/8 Mile. (Turf) F.G3 Cardinal Stakes

#11 Starship Jubilee (6/5) – She looks like a standout in here, but the Conductor will key #3 Tweety Show (50/1) and #12 Area (30/1) at monster numbers in the trifecta.


Wind Pipe Whack Wednesday: The Conductor’s Spot Plays at Churchill Downs

The racing week is upon us, Let’s Ride.

Race 1: 7 Furlongs. MC 15000

#5 Overlay (8/1) – Plunging in class and trying dirt for the 1st time, the Conductor likes that Brad Cox protected him in his debut. Cox starts them where he thinks they can win. The Conductor sees this colt showing major improvement today.

Race 6: 1 1/16 Mile. Clm 20000n2L

*Gullet Shot of the Day #1 Lea Ridge (15/1) – 2nd off the layoff, dropping back to the claiming ranks and stretching back out to route, this gelding looks to take a step forward off his last effort. His maiden breaker was above par for this level and a repeat effort will give him every chance today.

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Race 8: 1 Mile. Alw 97000n1x

#4 Father G (5/1) – He showed the Conductor a lot in his last victory stretching out and taking on winners for the 1st time. He’s stepping up in class again, but the Conductor will back him if he stays above 7/2.

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What Would Have Been The Conductor’s Wednesday Spot Plays at Churchill Downs

Aqueducts off until Thursday with holiday racing yesterday, but thankfully Churchill has a nice card tomorrow………

Well, the last few hours of handicapping for no reason was fun. What a great week this is.


The Conductor’s Wednesday Spot Plays at Churchill Downs

We’re heading into the winter lull of the horse racing season post Breeders’ Cup. Most passengers will cut down their play, but obviously not the Conductor. The clocks have turned back, the darkness has come. The only thing to keep him sane is to never leave the house and fire away. Skip! Skip!

Race 1: 1 Mile. F.MC 30000

#3 Mi Chachis Intenta (4/1) – This filly showed ability in her debut and had a troubled trip last time when they moved her up in class. Dropping back to a lower level, the Conductor likes her.

Race 2: 6 ½ Furlongs. Clm 30000n2L

#6 Carpe Noctem (7/2) – He’s drawn well to the outside and his early pace figures give him an advantage over this group.

Race 3: 6 Furlongs. F.MC 30000

#7 Happy Peddler (12/1) – This filly is working well, and trainer David Fawkes is 24% with +$1.23 ROI debuting maiden claimers this year. His barn is also hot to start the meet.

Race 6: 6 Furlongs. Clm 7500

#9 Icatiro (6/1) – He drops to his lowest career class level and is working well after being clipped. Jockey Joseph Rocco Jr. is only a 10%, but he’s 31% with a +$3.65 ROI with trainer Michael Tomlinson the last two months.

Race 7: 1 Mile. (Turf) Mdn 95k

#9 Summer Place (8/1) – This colt took money and showed a something in her debut across the pond. He’s bred for the lawn and should get a hot pace to close into.

Race 8: 6 ½ Furlongs. MC 30000

*Gullet Shot of the Day #11 Speed Effect (10/1) – 2nd off the layoff, this gelding ran a good 3rd vs tougher at Keeneland last start. Dropping in class and likely to improve, the Conductor would love anything close to that morning line.

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Esophagus Slice Saturday: The Conductor’s Pick 6 Mandatory Payout Play at Churchill Downs

The Conductor was heinous at Churchill yesterday, but it was a classic bait and switch.  He got all his losers out of the way and saved his winners for the mandatory pick 6 payout today.  What a smart Conductor, Let’s Ride.

Race 7: 1 Mile. (Turf) Alw 97000n1x

*Gullet Shot of the Day #10 Salvator Mundi (10/1) – This is a very tough race to start the sequence and the Conductor will be spreading. This colt is the price horse he likes most. 2nd off the layoff and getting back to the turf, he just missed being a Grade 3 winner by a head last year. That’s by far the best effort in this group to date.

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The Conductor will also use: 1,2,4,8,11,12

Race 8: 7 Furlongs. 120K Kelly’s Landing Stakes

#7 Petrov (6/1) – The Conductor will include a price with the favorite.  This horse ran a good 2nd vs similar last start and has gotten better with each start this year. His win at Saratoga last summer gives him a chance.

The Conductor will also use: 1

Race 9: 5 ½ Furlongs. (Turf) Alw 104000n1x

The Conductor is going to play against the heavy favorite #12 Om (2/1) in this spot. Drawn to the outside, his weapon is speed going longer, cutbacks don’t work on the turf like they do in dirt.

The Conductor will use: 1,2,5,7,8,9,10

Race 10: 6 Furlongs. F.125K Debutante Stakes

*Never a Doubt Pick 6 Single Lock #7 Magic Dance (8/5) – You couldn’t ask for much more in her debut.  She would have to take a step backwards to be beat today. The Conductor will take a stand.

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Race 11: 6 Furlongs. G3 Bashford Manor Stakes

#2 Snell Yea (8/1) – The Conductor liked how hard he tried last start and he doesn’t have to improve too much to have a chance.

The Conductor will also use: 1,10

Race 12: 1 Mile. (Turf) Mdn 95k

#12 On d’Oro (12/1) – Going two sprints to a route and trying turf for the first time, he can take a big step forward.

The Conductor will also use: 2,5,9

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Force Feed Friday: The Conductor’s Plays at Churchill Downs

Nice little 30/1 double for the Conductor yesterday.  He’s going to keep playing Churchill until Saratoga, Belmont is unplayable right now. Thank god it’s the weekend, Let’s Ride.

Race 1: 5 ½ Furlongs. F.MC 40000

#7 Windy City Kitty (6/1) – This filly’s sire is winning at a whopping 42% clip with 1st time starters. The Conductor also likes her work tab.

Race 2: 1 1/16 Mile. Clm 50000n2L

#4 Grit to Glory (3/1) – Lightly raced and dropping back to the claiming ranks, he has the most upside.

Race 3: 1 1/16 Mile. F.MC 20000

#1 Princess Kiah (10/1) – 1st time blinkers, her race two starts back gives her every chance. The rail has good in routes.

Race 4: 6 Furlongs. Mdn 95k

#12 Crossing the Moon (8/1) – This colt is well-bred, and the Conductor loves to see a bullet work two back followed by a slow one leading into the debut. He’s ready to run.

Race 5: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.Alw 97000n1x

#7 Domonette (6/1) – Stretching out to a route, she will get a favorable trip all alone on the lead.  This race has absolutely no pace.

Race 6: 7 Furlongs. OClm 10000

*Gullet Shot of the Day #7 Greeleys Charm (8/1) – This old man is very consistent and ran a strong 2nd last time at this level closing into a slow pace. The M/L price would be an absolute treat.

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Race 7: 7 Furlongs. Clm 20000

#1 Sharp Witted (5/1) – 3rd off the layoff and shortening back to a sprint, trainer Tom Amoss is winning at a 40% clip dropping horses more than 2 class levels this year.

Race 8: 5 ½ Furlongs. (Turf) OC 62500n2x

#7 Mister Maestro (7/2) – 2nd off the layoff, the Conductor sees him cycling up to his best self.

Race 9: 7 Furlongs. Clm 40000

#1 Commandeering (10/1) – He set a hot pace for this level last start and is cutting back to a sprint. His race 3 back gives him every chance and the Conductor will key him in the exacta and trifecta.

Race 10: 1 Mile. OC 75000n1x

*Never a Doubt Friday Night Bottle Service Lock of the Day #1A High Crime (5/2) – If this colt draws into the field, he’s your winner.

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Race 11: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.Mdn 95k

#2 Wildlife (12/1) – This well-bred daughter of Animal Kingdom caught a sloppy track in her debut. The Conductor will take a swing trying what she wants today.


Throat Shot Thursday: The Conductor’s Plays at Churchill Downs

We were out early and often in the pick 6 yesterday in Belmont. Not great, but Churchill has a hell of a card today for a Thursday. There is always another race in 20 minutes, that’s why the Conductor loves this game. Full fields and juicy prices in Louisville, the train will roll right in and fire away. Let’s Ride.

Race 1: 6 Furlongs. F.Mdn 95k

#8 Weekend Fun (7/2) – Drawn well to the outside, the Conductor loves this girl’s work tab for top connections. She showed her hand in tat bullet work at Keeneland May 25th.

Race 2: 1 1/8 Mile. (Turf) OC 100000b

*Never a Doubt Thursday Night Stew Lock of the Day #2 Mr. Misunderstood (4/5) – The Conductor wanted to play against him off the layoff, but he looks too classy against this group.

Race 3: 1 Mile. F.OClm 10000

#8 Big Blue Magic (7/2) – Stepping up in class, she’s in great form and looks to get a favorable trip up close to a slow pace.

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Race 4: 6 Furlongs. MC 40000

#1 Replete (12/1) – Cutting back to a sprint after setting a scorching pace for this level last time, the Conductor will key her in the exacta and trifecta.

Race 5: 1 Mile. F.OC 75000n1x

*Gullet Shot of the Day #9 Kim K (6/1) – 2nd off the layoff, this girl stretches out to a mile and has shown she has talent, breaking her maiden in a stakes race. Anything above 4/1 will get the Conductor tingly inside.

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Race 6: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) Alw 97000n1x

#3 Kaziranga (12/1) – The Conductor liked the way this colt split horses and finished in his win last start. He’s steadily progressing, and he didn’t have a favorable setup last time, it was a moderate pace he closed into.

Race 7: 7 Furlongs. OC 62500n2x

#10 Tiznoble (8/1) – 3rd off the layoff and working well, he’s stepping up in class, but his figures fit and he is ultra-consistent.  He looks to get a perfect stalking trip just behind the front-runners.

Race 8: 1 1/8 Mile. MC 20000

#1 Grand Roayale (12/1) – Maiden claimers going this far? Who the hell knows. This 1st time gelding has upside stretching out to a route for the 1st time.

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Esophagus Slice Saturday: The Conductor’s Late Pick 4 Plays at Belmont Park and Churchill Downs

The Conductor sucked yesterday at Churchill, not what we wanted heading into the weekend. However, we have nice weather today and a chance to make some scores. The Conductor will focus his attention on the late pick 4’s in Louisville and Belmont. Let’s Ride.

Belmont Park Late Pick 4

Race 7: 1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf) F.Alw 50000s

This is a spread race for the Conductor, but he’s going to TOSS the morning line favorite #10 Xanthique (5/2) drawn to the far outside.

He’ll use #1 Tizaprincessa (8/1), #4 Sun Summers (7/2), #6 Cockstrikestwelve (6/1), #7 Zandora (8/1), and #9 the Nine O (4/1).

Race 8: 6½ Furlongs. S.Alw 66000n1x

#7 The Big Lebanese (5/1) – Cutting back to a sprint, he looks to get a perfect trip today with plenty of speed to run at.  He hasn’t gotten the setup in his prior sprints.

The Conductor will also use #5 Elios Milos (2/1) and #9 Smokin Platinum (3/1).

Race 9: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.100K Wild Applause Stakes

#4 Nova Sol (5/2) – 2nd off the layoff, she ran very well last start in the Hilltop after a troubled trip. Chad Brown will in this race.

The Conductor will also use #6 Blowout (2/1)

Race 10: 6 Furlongs. (Inner Turf) S.MC 40000

*Gullet Shot of the Day #2 Hudson Overpass (12/1) – He split the field vs tougher in his debut and ran sneaky well last time at this level. He dueled, setting a hot pace early and was only beaten 3 ½ lengths even though he finished 10th.

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The Conductor will also use #3 Blue Parrot (10/1), #6 Champagne Chiils (4/1) and #7 Jack the Cat (6/1).

Churchill Downs Late Pick 4

Race 8: 1 Mile. F.OC 80000b

#7 In the Mood (6/1) – She ran a very good 2nd last time setting a hot at this level. She’s working even better leading in to today.

The Conductor will also use #2 Clever Serve (5/1) and #3 Devine Queen (7/2).

Race 9: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) OC 62500n2x

#2 Altito (30/1) – He’s an absolute bomb the Conductor will use and key in the trifecta. He’s a proven winner on dirt and ran a solid 4th closing into a slow pace last time. He hasn’t had many chances on turf, but his race at Kentucky downs last fall makes him competitive in here.

The Conductor will also use #4 Cowboy Culture (6/1), #6 Dontblamerocket (4/1) and #8 Keep Quiet (5/2).

Race 10: 6 Furlongs. F.Roxelana Overnight Stakes

*Never a Doubt Summer Saturday Night Lock of the Day #2 Covfefe (7/5) – The Conductor will toss #10 Mia Mischeif (8/5) and won’t use any backups in this race. This girl put on an absolute show down at Pimlico last start.  She’s the goods.

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Race 11: 6½ Furlongs. F.Mdn 95k

#3 Double Axel (3/1) – She ran a hard charging 2nd after a slow start in her debut. Her recent works suggest she’ll graduate today.

#11 Risky Mandate (5/1) – Is the only backup the Conductor will use.


Force Feed Friday: The Conductor’s Plays at Churchill Downs

The Conductor sucked yesterday but the card was unplayable with the rain scratches at Belmont. Meanwhile at Churchill they had 14 horse fields running with great opportunities.  There off the turf again in NY, so the Conductor will take the train to Kentucky to hunt for gold. Let’s Ride.

Race 1: 5 Furlongs. F.Mdn 95k

#7 Mylastfirstkiss (4/1) – She is well bred and the Conductor loves her work tab. This is a very competitive field.

Race 2: 6 Furlongs. Clm 25000

#4 Fascilitator (5/1) – He’s lightly raced and the Conductor likes his upside in an evenly matched group.

Race 3: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) Mdn 95k

*Gullet Shot of the Day #2 Shippingport (12/1) – Lanerie taking the mount for such a small barn screams to the Conductor that this boy is live. He’s been working bullets as well.

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Race 4: 6½ Furlongs. F.MC 10000

#1 Ladyofdragonstone (9/2) – She’s steadily progressing and fits at this level. She ran a good 2nd last time setting a hot pace going longer. The Conductor loves the cutback.

Race 5: 1 Mile. Clm 25000

*Never a Doubt Friday Night Bottle Service Lock of the Day #2 Raising the Flag (3/1) – A repeat effort of her last start throttles this field. 3/1 would be insanely generous.

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Race 6: 1 Mile. (Turf) Clm 50000

#1 Musical American (5/1) – He likes to run 2nd, so the Conductor will mostly key him in the exacta. In his last turf race he dueled setting a hot pace and was only beaten two lengths.

Race 7: 1 1/16 Mile. Clm 30000n2L

#8 General Kitten (8/1) – A 1st time gelding off a long layoff, the Conductor will take a swing in weak race. His performances on dirt give him every chance if he’s ready to run.

Race 8: 6½ Furlongs. OC 75000n1x

#9 Lemniscate (8/1) – He set the pace before fading badly in the Louisiana Derby.  He’s been working well since and the Louisiana Derby is the definition of a key race.  It has produced several next out stakes winners.

Race 9: 1 Mile. (Turf) Clm 40000b

#2 Valycove (4/1) – He’s run the best turf races in the field against the toughest competition.

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Sabbath Sunday: The Conductor’s Fathers day Late Pick Plays at Churchill Downs

Esophagus Slice Saturday: The Conductor’s Stephen Foster Late Pick 5 Plays at Churchill Downs

Choo Chooooooo!!!!!! Talk about handing out the Pick 5 on a platter.  Thank you Mr. Conductor! I will buy lots of shirts to show my gratitude, and a hat too! Let’s do it again, Let’s Ride.

Race 6: 7 Furlongs. F.MC 30000

#7 Blunt Force (10/1) – Dropping in class 2nd off the layoff and switching back to dirt, shes the price the Conductor likes most.

This is a spread race however, he’ll also use #2 A. P. Princess (4/1), #3 Singsong Bird (8/1), #4 Traci’s Greeley (15/1), #5 Spackle (3/1) and #8 Fire on High (10/1).

Race 7: 6 Furlongs. Clm 16000n2L

#1 Cosmic Hallelujah (8/1) – 2nd off the layoff, he pressed a hot pace and folded going last time.  The Conductor loves him on the cutback.

He’ll also use #2 British Humor (3/1), #8 Salt Air (4/1), #9 Homeview (8/1), #10 Jimmy Joe (4/1).

Race 8: 1 1/8 Mile. (Turf) Alw 97000n1x

*Gullet Shot of the Day #9 Bundibunan (12/1) – She ran a good 3rd last start and is steadily progressing.  Her last work shows she’s ready to fire.

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The Conductor will also use #8 Face of Victory (6/1) and #11 Broth (5/1).

Race 9: 7 Furlongs. F.Clm 50000n2L

*Never a Doubt Fathers Day Lock #1/1A Entry (3/1) – Dropping to the claiming ranks for the first time, the race goes thru the Asmussen runners. One of these girls will fire.

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Race 10: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.Mdn 95k

Spread to end it. #1 Dreams are Made (9/2), #4 Drop Dead Gorgeous (12/1), #7 Yes It’s Ginger (4/1), #8 Nikki Beach (6/1), #12 Holiday Time (7/2)