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Churchill Downs 5/12/22 - Horse Racing Picks & Predictions

Churchill Downs is back to having races running again on Thursday. The races on Thursday have 8 races total and are starting at 5 in the afternoon and running into the evening. 

The first race is a 5 furlong run on dirt and has a 92,000 dollar purse. The favorite in the race is Sergeant Countzler at 9/5 odds. With the way that Sergeant Countzler has been running the horse is a strong favorite to win the race and it is easy to see why. Race 1 Pick: Sergeant Countzler. 

The second race of the day is a little bit longer at 6 furlong and has a 52,000 dollar purse. The favorite in the race is Stellar Grace at 5/2 odds.Just like in the first race the favorite looks like the best pick and with Verrazano as the sire Stellar Grace should run really well here. Race 2 Pick: Stellar Grace.

The third race of the day is another 6 furlong run with a 56,000 dollar purse. The favorite in the race as 5/2 odds is Impressed. In the race here it would be a good go for a boxed trifecta as a lot of strong horses are running here. Race 3 Pick: Boxed Trifecta with Drena’s Star, Impressed, and Lost in Limbo.

The fourth race of the day is another 6 furlong race with a 42,000 dollar purse. The favorite in the race is Hannah’s Haven who is coming in at 3/1 odds. In the race here look for the Declaration of War sired horse High Value Target to run great in the race here and secure a win, but a show bet could be the best option. Race 4 Pick: Show Bet on High Value Target.

Race number 5 is a longer race on turf at 1 1/8 mile with a 68,000 purse. The favorite in the race at 5/2 odds is the German horse Kygo. With Tyler Gaffalione as the jockey Kygo is easily the favorite in the race and should handily win the race. Race 5 Pick: Kygo.

The sixth race is a 1 1/16 mile race with a purse of 72,000 dollars. The favorite in the race is Full Charge. In the race here while not the favorite Mobster Gun should be a solid bet for a show type of bet with a good jockey and a strong run. Race 6 Pick: Mobster Gun.

In race number 7 it has a purse of 127,000 dollars and is a 1 3/16 mile run on dirt. The favorite in the race at 3/1 odds is Greatheart. However, the horse that should have a great running with a strong trainer in Brad Cox and a good jockey in Ricardo Santana Jr. is Koolhaus, not to mention Nyquist sired Koolhaus. Race 7 Pick: Koolhaus.

In the final race which posts at 8:23 in the evening it is a 1 1/16 mile run with a 72,000 dollar purse. The favorite in the race is Dreamful which is another Brad Cox trained horse at 2/1 odds. Race 8 Pick: Dreamful. 

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