Wednesday's Best Bet: Bango mows down foes in St. Matthews

Wednesday’s 8th race from Churchill Downs is the $160,000 St. Matthews Overnight Stakes for four-year-olds and up dashing six furlongs on the main track (Post Time 4:19 p.m. EDT).

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No. 3 BANGO (4-1) is a six-time local winner with five victories at this distance. The versatile horse makes his first start in more than five months and Greg Foley is off to a fast start at the current stand. He reconnects with his winning rider Tyler Gaffalione and shows two local bullets for this engagement. 

No. 6 Tulane Tryst (7-2) is very good at six panels. He earned a strong speed rating in a rallying runner-up finish in the Whitmore (G3) March 12, and the fresh colt should be finishing. 

No. 4 Top Gunner (6-1) is a sharp early-pressing gelding exiting a neck victory in an optional claimer at Oaklawn Park. He earned strong pace ratings as the favorite that day, and does some of his best work at six panels. 

No. 1 Just Might (4-1) has been racing on turf recently and he is a five-time winner on that footing. He won multiple dirt sprint stakes last year and should make his presence felt throughout from the rail. He is also entered in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G2) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard. 

No. 7 Baby Yoda (3-1) exits an easy win as the strong favorite at Keeneland. He was faster at Saratoga last summer but the early-pressing gelding is sharp now and might be able to pick up his first stakes win. He is also entered in a starter allowance event on May 5. 


No. 3 to Win

Exacta Box 3-6

Trifecta Key 3/1-4-6-7

Trifecta 1-4-6-7/3/1-4-6-7

Recent best-bet winners

April 20 - He's In Charge ($4.80)
April 21 - Disappearing Act ($8.20)
April 25 - Fortheluvofbourbon ($13.00), trifecta ($161.40)
April 26 - Mojovation ($6.00)
April 30 - Blue Stripe/Miss Bigly exacta ($33.40)

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