Jeff Siegel’s Blog: Day Makers for June 18, 2016

Churchill Downs - 4th race - 9-Swordfish (8-1)

Let's take a shot with a newcomer in this maiden special weight seven furlong sprint.  This son of Summer Bird breezed a quarter pole in 20 4/5 seconds at 2015 OBS March sale (the fastest for the distance at the preview session) and then brought a bid of $330,00, quite a sum for a son of Summer Bird.  He finally makes it to the post 15 months later for trainer Steve Asmussen and looks like a live item after vanning over from Indiana Downs.  Strong, powerful colt clearly has plenty of natural talent and is worth a gamble at or near his morning line of 8-1.

Churchill Downs - 6th race - 4-Ahh Chocolate (2-1)

Rapidly-developing daughter of Candy Ride turned in a career top performance when winning the DuPont Distaff-G3 in her most recent outing and looks primed for another forward move in this nine furlong Grade 2 main track event for distaffers.  Has excellent tactical speed and in a race that figures to be slowly run early, should be able to secure a comfortable pace-stalking position.  Loves the Churchill Downs main track (two wins in three career starts) and looks ready to improve on that mark today.  At 2-1 on the morning line she's a strong straight play and rolling exotic single.

Jeff Siegel’s Blog: Day Makers for June 18, 2016

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