On Saturday, Churchill Downs runs a couple of stakes race. The first is the Grade 3 Winning Colors Stakes. The second is the Grade 3 Old Forrester Stakes. We handicap and make free horse racing picks for those races as well as the sixth, an intriguing 1 1/8 mile turf allowance. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Churchill Downs for Saturday, May 30. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Churchill Downs Horse Racing Picks
- When: Saturday, May 30 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Louisville, KY
Churchill Downs Picks for Saturday, May 30
Race 6 – 3:36 pm ET – 1 1/8 Miles Turf – $81,000 Allowance
For some reason odds makers don’t like giving Tabled its due. The Godolphin owned and Michael Stidham trained 3-year-old gelding broke its maiden in February. It then finished second by a head in an optional claiming $75,000 allowance at close to 37/1 odds. It won it’s next race at close to 5/1 odds. The Super Saver sired gelding can handle these. We just hope Tabled keeps its 6/1 morning line.
Tiesto finished second in the Grade 3 Palm Beach in his last. Bill Mott trains the $600,000 OBS April purchase. Jockey Joel Rosario will give this one a perfect ride. But Tiesto ran much slower in the Palm Beach than Tabled did winning its last race.
John Sadler trained Jurgen could sneak into the try. The Kitten’s Joy sired runner gets more ground to work with and comes over from Santa Anita Park. The Great Race Place’s grass is different than Churchill’s. If Jurgen likes the Twin Spires lawn, he could win this.
- Win: Tabled
- Place: Tiesto
- Show: Jurgen
Race 7 – 4:08 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $100,000 Grade 3 Winning Colors Stakes
We don’t often back chalk. But when chalk stands out like Mia Mischief in the Winning Colors Stakes, there’s not much we can do. Mischief looks for her fourth win in a row. She has enough speed to stick with Break Even. Even if she doesn’t, she’s proven she can win from off the pace.
Break Even, Sneaking Out, and Take Charge Angel could get into a speed duel. If they do, 12/1 on the morning line Princess Causeway could close and get up for second. The Ian Wilkes trained Giant’s Causeway sired filly won her last race doing exactly that.
Break Even is the speed of the speed. We’re not sold on her going gate-to-wire, though. There’s other speed in this. Also, the last time she ran in a stakes, she folded and finished sixth by 12 lengths.
- Win: Mia Mischief
- Place: Princess Causeway
- Show: Break Even
Race 11 – 6:16 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Turf – $100,000 Grade 3 Old Forrester Mint Julep S.
Chad Brown saddles a couple in here, including Altea, a 5-year-old mare who finished second by a neck and a nose in her last couple of races. One of the races was a Grade 3. The other was a $100,000 stakes race. Joel Rosario, who rides in this, rode Altea in both races. Hopefully, the Brown runner keeps her 12/1 morning line odds.
Chad’s other entrant is contender Nay Lady Nay. After breaking her maiden, she finished second in an $80,000 optional claimer. Since then, she’s won a $75,000 stakes race at Parx and the Grade 2 Miss Revere.
Juliet Foxtrot has a shot to take these gate-to-wire. The Brad Cox trained 5-year-old mare has 3 wins, 2 seconds, and a third since coming over from the U.K. Juliet is an obvious contender. But she figures to offer close to even money odds.
- Win: Altea
- Place: Nay Lady Nay
- Show: Juliet Foxtrot