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Check out my Saturday (6-29-24) Churchill Downs Race 9 analysis below.

CD 9 (American Derby, 3yo, 8.5T) – Post Time 4:58pm EDT
Primary – #1 GREEN LIGHT, #7 First World War
Secondary – #8 Brilliant Berti, #5 Agate Road

Horse Comments:

#1 Green Light (3-1) is rapidly improving for Rodolphe Brisset (6-for-18 at CD). He stretched out, moved to turf, and was clearly second best in his second career start on April 14, and aired as the chalk in a slow early/fast late affair on May 18. Jose Ortiz got acquainted with him last time and he might be the one to catch in a race lacking early speed. 

#7 First World War (4-1) might work out a decent tactical trip under Frankie Dettori. He captured a pair of graded turf routes this year and should offer a hint of value. 

#8 Brilliant Berti (8-1) won his last two local turf routes from off the pace. Cherie DeVaux’s colt is getting faster and might have a bit more to offer in his third start after a layoff. Brain Hernandez Jr. guided him home on May 2 and he figures to stalk the pace from the outside post. 

#5 Agate Road (7-2) was stuck out in post 13 and rallied mildly to finish 6th in the Grade 2 American Turf on May 4. He adds blinkers and will try to get involved late under his regular rider Ortiz Jr. Both wins last year were at this distance including the Grade 2 Pilgrim.

Wagers: 

#1 to win

Exacta box 1-7

Trifecta 1-7/1-5-7-8/1-5-7-8

June 2024 Bettor Bet$ Free Pick Winners 
June 2 – Chismosa ($8.60)
June 4 – Gun Collector/Bazinga D/Picture This Trifecta ($137.40)
June 8 – Measured Time ($8.20), Trifecta ($148.48)
June 11 – Rock N Reward ($8.00), Trifecta ($61.20)
June 12 – Midnight Rising ($6.86)
June 19 – Pure Force/Discreet Mischief/Edified Trifecta ($58.04)
June 24 – Quick Quick Whit ($7.40), Exacta ($17.40), Trifecta ($34.60)
June 25 – Carillo ($4.20)
June 27 – Channel Fury ($2.80), Trifecta ($29.80)
June 28 – Reagan’s Flame/Zadorsky Exacta ($19.46)

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Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak posts stakes recaps from Del Mar and Santa Anita Park, along with full card recaps and free stakes picks from Southern and/or Northern California.

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