The fall meet at Churchill Downs opens Thursday with a Downs After Dark program and an eight-race card. Weekend stakes action also begins the points preps for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. Handicapper Sara Elbadwi talks through the first late pick 5 of the meet with Churchill Downs paddock analyst Kaitlin Free.
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In addition to handicapping the upcoming races, Free and Elbadwi discuss Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike. Free is a track analyst at Turfway Park and was familiar with Rich Strike prior to his shocking upset in the Derby. They share thoughts on Rich Strike's performance in the Travers (G1) and what the rest of the year might look like for this horse.
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