Churchill Down Picks for Friday, November 22, 2013

Race 1: #8 Laope (ML 7-2)
Five-year old gelding who is starting for the first time for a new barn after being claimed following an easy win over six furlongs on the dirt at Churchill Downs. He has two wins in his last four races.
*Others to consider: #3 Biker Boy (ML 2-1), #2 Timely Pursuit (ML 10-1)

Race 2: #2 Trick My Ride (ML 8-1)
Daughter of Kela finished a well-beaten second in her debut, but her fifth place finish over six and a half furlongs on the dirt at Churchill Downs was better than it appears on paper, as she broke slowly and closed well down the stretch.
*Others to consider: None

Race 3: #5 Super Star Darrell (ML 8-1)
Finished second and first in his last two races, both of which were at today's distance, albeit at Indiana Downs. In his most recent start, he engaged in a duel down the stretch, but was able to wear down his closest competitor.
*Others to consider: #7 Swaylon Braylon (ML 4-1)

Race 4: #1/1A Lonesome Street/Beer Garden (ML 5-2)
In his last outing, Lonesome Street displayed an good late kick en route to a fifth place finish at the same distance as today's contest. Four-year old Tapit colt Beer Garden finished second in his most recent race. He won twice this season and finished on the board in seven of his eleven starts this year.
*Others to consider: #8 Motor City (ML 8-1)

Race 5: #4 Transylvania Flash (ML 6-1)
Three-year old More Than Ready gelding finished fourth in his last three outings, two of which were on the dirt at Churchill Downs. He's ran some of his best races at Churchill.
*Others to consider: #6 Good Time Coming (ML 10-1)

Race 6: #1 Relentless Spirit (ML 10-1)
Kenneally-trained firster by Indian Charlie is a half sibling to multiple graded stakes winner Heart Ashley. He's notched good works entering into this contest.
*Others to consider: #9 Franklin (ML 8-5), #4 Late Night Lu (ML 8-1)

Race 7: #10 Clovelly (ML 4-1)
In his only start, he finished a well-beaten second behind the highly regarded Green Mask. The son of Pleasantly Perfect out of a stakes winning Cozzene mare will be switching surfaces from the All-Weather to dirt and figures to improve with a start under his belt.
*Others to consider: #2 Indian Pegasus (ML 8-1)

Race 8: #10 Cookie (ML 7-2)
Three-year old daughter of Quest is a neck away from having won her last three starts. She has only finished outside of the top four once in her career.
*Others to consider: #1 Temptress (ML 12-1), #3 Anusara (ML 3-1)

Race 9: #9 Ford's On Fire (ML 8-1)
Son of Dixie Union out of a graded stakes placed Pulpit mare finished third in his only start at a sprint distance on the dirt, he'll switch bad to that here and figures to improve in doing so.
*Others to consider: #1 Kitchen Police (ML 7-2), #5 Go Go Sugar (ML 8-1)

The following horse from my tracker is running on Friday, November 22, 2013:
Hollywood Park Race 8: #7 Tribal Rain (3yo filly by Tribal Rule)--ML 5-1

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