Thursday's Best Bet: Leader of the Band marches on in Falls City

Thursday’s 10th race from Churchill Downs is the Grade 3 Falls City for fillies and mares traveling 1 1/8 miles on the main track. The scheduled post time is 3:53 p.m. EST.

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No. 1 Leader of the Band (9-2) is a gem of consistency for profitable layoff and graded-stakes trainer John Servis. She won the restricted Summer Colony at this distance on Aug. 19, and she should save all the ground behind the speed under Luis Saez.

No. 4 Played Hard (4-5) had her two-race win streak snapped when finishing a clear, distant third behind Malathaat in the Spinster (G1) on Oct. 9. She easily won the local Locust Grove on Sept. 17 and figures to be a handful in this spot.

No. 2 Bellamore (5-1) is on the upswing for Simon Callaghan. She completed the trifecta in a pair of turf routes this year, including the Rodeo Drive last time. She is 0-for-4 on dirt with a pair of runner-up finishes, and she reconnects with her winning pilot Martin Garcia.  

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Wagers:

No. 1 to win

Exacta box 1-4

Trifecta 1-4/1-2-4/1-2-4

Recent Best Bet winners

Nov. 6 - Hero Status/Street Ruckus exacta ($14.80)
Nov. 10 - Siege of Boston ($4.90)
Nov. 12 - Our Flash Drive ($5.20), trifecta ($104.90)
Nov. 13 - Rvalentina ($4.20)
Nov. 17 - 
Sheriff Bianco/Unique Unions/Advanced Strategy trifecta ($111.48)

Monday - Tivis ($5.20), exacta ($13.40), trifecta ($57.80)

Tuesday - Bella Runner/Kirstenbosch/Corrina Corrina trifecta ($28.00)

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