Churchill Downs Saturday: Echo Zulu Lays Over Dogwood Field

Chris Adams

Echo Zulu will return to Churchill Downs on Saturday. The talented Steve Asmussen runner looks strong in the Dogwood Stakes and will be tough to beat at even money.

Churchill Downs- Race 1

Post: 6:00 PM ET; $30k Maiden Claiming going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #4 CANDY ISLAND (5-2) goes out for the Jones barn and gets Garcia in the irons.
  • #7 SILENCING (4-1) should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #2 ONLY SHOW IN TOWN (3-1) makes sense on speed figures. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Asmussen and Gaffalione.
  • #3 SHEZ FIRED UP (10-1) is a price horse and goes out for the Lovell barn and gets Corrales in the irons.

Selections: 4 – 7 – 2 – 3

Churchill Downs- Race 2

Post: 6:28 PM ET; $72k Starter Allowance going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #6 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (2-1) will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #4 FLAGS UP (5-1) has the top overall power rating in the group. He is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.
  • #2 COLD AS HELL (5-1) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #7 DARK TIMBER (7-2) should be involved in the early pace. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Casse and Gaffalione.

Selections: 6 – 4 – 2 – 7

Churchill Downs- Race 3

Post: 6:56 PM ET; $42k Maiden Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 13

  • #6 MOBOT (5-1) debuts here and has to be respected going out for the combination of Pletcher and Gaffalione. He has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #8 MATARO (9-2) could be a dangerous threat to be lone speed here. He’s well bred here.
  • #12 SWISS GUARD (6-1) has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #2 FULL MAG (8-1) is a debut runner who has license to pull the upset.

Selections: 6 – 8 – 12- 2

Churchill Downs- Race 4

Post: 7:26 PM ET; $32k Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #5 AIDANIKE (9-5) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #7 CADEAU DE PAIX (4-1) should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #2 FUNNYBET (6-1) looks to be the class of the field. She has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #4 RADIANTRITHYM (5-1) makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 5 – 7 – 2 – 4

Churchill Downs- Race 5

Post: 7:57 PM ET; $50k Maiden Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 12

  • #4 TOMMY GUN (5-2) has races good enough to beat this group. He is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.
  • #8 PAPA ROCKET (4-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 PER DIEM (9-2) looks competitive in this spot.
  • #7 GOLDEN LUNA (12-1) is a price horse and has to be respected going out for the combination of Foley and Gaffalione. He is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.

Selections: 4 – 8 – 1 – 7

Churchill Downs- Race 6

Post: 8:30 PM ET; $120k Maiden Special Weight going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 15

  • #9 BIRTHDAY MUNNINGS (3-1) should improve off the first start and has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #12 CARCANO (8-1) debuts here and is well bred for this spot.
  • #101 DEVILS RED (12-1) is a price horse and goes out for the O'Neill barn and gets Corrales in the irons.
  • #2 PREMIUM (9-2) will make the second start and gets Gaffalione in the saddle.

Selections: 9 – 12- 10- 2

Churchill Downs- Race 7

Post: 9:05 PM ET; $160k Seneca Overnight S. going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #3 FALCONET (3-1) shouldn't have trouble with the 1 1/16ths mile distance.
  • #5 COCKTAIL MOMENTS (2-1) goes out for the Mcpeek barn and has solid back races.
  • #6 SKRATCH KAT (5-1) fits here as well and is well drawn in this spot.
  • #1 TURNERLOOSE (5-2) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.

Selections: 3 – 5 – 6 – 1

Churchill Downs- Race 8

Post: 9:39 PM ET; $275k Harrods Creek S. going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #4 CONAGHER (6-5) has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #7 GUNITE (1-1) looks to be the class of the field. He has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #6 STRAVA (6-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #2 DOUBLE THUNDER (12-1) is a price horse and comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 4 – 7 – 6 – 2

Churchill Downs- Race 9

Post: 10:11 PM ET; $275k Dogwood S. going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

Echo Zulu favored at Churchill Downs
Echo Zulu | Janet Garaguso
  • #1 ECHO ZULU (1-1) goes out for the Asmussen barn and gets Santana in the irons. She has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #7 WICKED HALO (7-2) comes into the race in really good form. She seems to fit well enough here.
  • #4 TARABI (4-1) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #3 COLORFUL MISCHIEF (8-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Pletcher and Corrales.

Selections: 7 – 1 – 4 – 3

Churchill Downs- Race 10

Post: 10:42 PM ET; $275k Bourbon Trail S. going 1 3/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #8 CREATIVE MINISTER (9-2) has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #2 HOME BREW (5-2) projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #5 WAR CAMPAIGN (15-1) is a price horse and makes sense on speed figures.
  • #7 GILDED AGE (7-2) goes out for the Mott barn and gets Alvarado in the irons.

Selections: 8 – 2 – 5 – 7

Churchill Downs- Race 11

Post: 11:10 PM ET; $92k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 12

  • #8 THROUGH THE CRACKS (6-1) shouldn't have trouble with the 6 furlong distance. She has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #11 HAPPYSECRET (6-1) debuts here and has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #12 PIONEER PARADE (8-1) debuts here and has the blood lines to make hay here. She goes out for the Divito barn and gets Gaffalione in the irons.
  • #1 FROSTALICIOUS (15-1) is a price horse and has races good enough to beat this group. She could be a dangerous threat get a lone lead and that could spell trouble for this group.

Selections: 8 – 11- 12- 1

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Chris Adams
Chris Adams

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.