Two Grade III stakes carrying $100,000 purses highlight Saturday’s 11-race program at historic Churchill Downs. The Winning Colors for filly and mare sprinters goes as Race 7, while the Mint Julep for filly and mare turfers brings down the curtain as Race 11. We’ll preview both events from a betting perspective below.
Churchill Race 7 (Post time: 4:08 p.m. ET)
The Grade III, $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes
Six furlongs on dirt
#8 MIA MISCHIEF (8-5, morning-line favorite) is a deserving favorite in the Winning Colors. She’s won three in a row heading into this affair, including her effortless Carousel Stakes triumph at Oaklawn most recently. MIA MISCHIEF boasts an 8-5-2-0 record at Churchill Downs, highlighted by her 2019 Grade I Humana Distaff triumph. Ricardo Santana Jr. will be in the irons once more for trainer Steve Asmussen.
#2 BREAK EVEN (9-5) is 7-for-9 lifetime and her biggest victory to date, the Grade II Eight Belles, came over this course last year. It would not be shocking to see her and Joel Rosario in the winner’s circle.
#7 SPICED PERFECTION (4-1) makes her first start for new trainer Mark Casse. She’s campaigned mainly at seven furlongs of late, but she’s 3-for-3 lifetime going six panels, including a score in the Grade III TCA Stakes last October. Javier Castellano has the call.
The play: $1 trifecta box 2/7/8, $1 trifecta 2,8/2,7,8/2,7,8, $2 trifecta 8/2/7 ($12)
Churchill Race 11 (Post time: 6:16 p.m. ET)
The Grade III, $100,000 Mint Julep Stakes
1 1/16th-miles on turf
#2 BEAU RECALL (4-1) could make her 2020 debut a winning one. She hasn’t been seen since finishing second in the Grade I Rodeo Drive last September, but she’s training well for her return for Brad Cox. BEAU RECALL’s 6-3-3-0 record from 2019 is most impressive, and that includes her fast-closing score in the Grade II Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill last May. Shaun Bridgmohan, who’s won 25 percent of his turf races this year, has the assignment.
#1 JULIET FOXTROT (5-2, morning-line favorite), a stablemate of the top choice, is a logical alternative. The 2019 Grade III Modesty winner hit the board in all six starts last year, including a third-place effort in the Grade I Matriarch last December, her most recent outing. JULIET FOXTROT, already a winner over this course, will have Florent Geroux aboard once more.
The play: $6 exacta box 1/2 ($12)
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