Friday's 9th race (3:52pm ET) from Churchill Downs is the Grade II Alysheba Stakes for 4-year-olds and up traveling a mile and a sixteenth on the main track.
#8 BOURBON COURAGE (4-1)
ran well in the Clark here last fall. The consistent finisher seems to pack a
decent punch when he breaks from outer posts and I am going to the well one
#7 Macho Macho (5-1) beat
my top in the West Virginia Derby last year. He won a race here in 2012 and
should move forward after racing wide and finishing a ½ length behind my top in
his needed New Orleans ‘Cap return March 30.
#9 Cyber Secret (7-2) went 4-for-4 at Oaklawn this winter and is an
obvious outside tactical threat if he brings that form to Louisville.
#6 Take Charge Indy (4-1) is usually in
the hunt throughout but has dropped five straight and 9 of his last 10. He will
be part of the pace, along with a few other longshots.
#4 Hymn Book (3-1) moves up on a wet track and does some of his
best work at Belmont Park. The 7yo gelding will probably take too much action
in his first start in 5+ months.
Richard’s Kid (5-1) prefers synthetic and the 8yo has dropped eight
$36 to win #8
$6 Exacta 8/7-9 ($12)
$6 Exacta 7-9/8 ($12)
analysis by Jarrod Horak
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