WE WERE WARNED ABOUT THE RAIN WEDNESDAY AND IT EVENTUALLY SHOWED UP BEFORE THE 7TH RACE AT CHURCHILL. A DELUGE THAT CAUSED A DELAY IN RACING, A MOVE FROM TURF TO DIRT FOR THE SEVENTH RACE AND A SCRATCH OF ALL MY PICKS IN RACE SEVEN.
On the day, I had 12 break from the gate, had three winners, two seconds and three thirds. That's a 66% "in the money" percentage and I filled eight of the nine "payable" spots for a not, too shabby 89% success rate.
Yeah, Mother Nature wasn't having it for a Paulie Picks Late Pick 4. All six horses I originally laid out for you didn't go in the seventh race, the field was dropped to five runners... so I skipped the Pick 4 and concentrated on a Late Pick 3 (Races 8-10). For what's it worth, they gave you the post-time favorite in Race 7 if you had scratches, that one ran second to MEET THE BEAUTY, who seemed to love the sloppy conditions and skipped home at 7/2 odds.
RACE 8 -- I got the win with HE'S IN CHARGE, who went off at 2-1. THE BIG KAHUNA , another of my picks, got third.
RACE 9 -- I loved AVERLY JANE in the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes and she proved to be the best with a convincing stretch move that got her home about 4 lengths in front. So did everyone else, she went off at 1-2 odds. I also had VODKA AND WATER (as a pick, not a race-watching beverage) who ran second and BOHEMIAN FROST WHO GOT THIRD. Scratched was KAUFYMAKER, who I really liked, keep an eye out for that one when that filly runs next.
RACE 10 -- BEAR ALLEY (6/5) proved to be the best, another of my picks, and COOL RAGS managed third. ORNERY got scratched.
The Late Pick 3 paid a pitiful $6.70 on the .50 cent wager, so I lost $26 there. If you played the Late Pick 4, it returned $90.95 with the numbers 5,3/3,4/3,5 getting you $90.95 on the .50 cent wager.
In the second race I did point toward Big Nick, but he ran second by about five lengths. Still, accrose the board made you pocket change -- a $2 Win, Place Show bet ($6) brought back $6.20,
******I'll be back later this morning with Thursday (or Thurby's) Picks for Churchill******
. Expect a sloppy track, y'all.