We are only four days away from the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville at Churchill Downs. The weather forecast is calling for blue skies and a high of 74 degrees. In other words, perfect weather and no rain to worry about. Louisville has had rain and thunderstorms this week, so they just managed to avoid a bad situation. There were no fans welcomed at Churchill Downs last year. It will be nice to welcome crowds back to Churchill Downs under beautiful conditions. Wagering is open for the Kentucky Derby at BetOnline. Advanced wagering is also open for Kentucky Oaks Day on Friday.
In our first card on Wednesday, we’re at Churchill Downs for a look at what’s going on in Louisville. There is one stakes race today, but you’ll have to wait for later in the week when the graded action gets going. We also have some picks at Churchill Downs for the Wednesday card. There is racing under the lights at Mountaineer Park and Charles Town at Hollywood Casino. We will head to Hollywood Casino on Wednesday night. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for April 28, 2021.
Post Time: 8:53 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 5 goes for 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. A $15,900 purse is up for grabs in this event. Cantakeitanymore and Just Kidding have to be watched in this race. Cantakeitanymore has gone 6 for 43 in his career, finishing 1st, 4th, 6th, 4th, 1st in his previous five attempts. He is coming off a win on March 31 over Pont Du Gard by 4 lengths in a $13,500 event.
This was after finishing 4th in a $13,500 race, so that was some nice improvement for him. Following the recent win, Cantakeitanymore is going to move up and try out a $15,900 race. I don’t know if one good looking race at the $13,500 level is enough for me to pull my full confidence behind him, but should be close with a similar effort.
Just Kidding should provide a big challenge from the inside. He’s finishing in the top-3 in nine straight performances, which includes four wins. Just Kidding is a veteran with 65 races of experience. In his most recent win, Just Kidding beat First and Three by 2 ¼ lengths in a $38,000 event. Just Kidding has shown 3rd in three straight races since then. He showed 3rd in his most recent for a $22,585 purse. This is much easier, and one of the easiest races he’s entered in a long while.
Post Time: 9:49 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Race 7 is the feature race at Charles Town, which comes with a $30,800 purse for 4 ½ furlongs. Command the Cat and Be Be Bop should be expected to be top runners in Race 7 at Charles Town. Command the Cat is 4 for 17 in his career with finishes in the top-3 in 12 straight performances.
It’s been an incredible run for Command the Cat as a model of consistency since June. He was a winner two races back on March 18 for a $28,000 purse. Command the Cat defeated Impetuous by 2 lengths. That was a nice showing for Command the Cat. In his next and most recent outing, he showed 3rd in a $28,000 event.
His biggest threat on Wednesday, Be Be Bop, won that race over Impetuos by 1 length. Be Be Bop was clear of Command the Cat by 2 ½ lengths. Be Be Bop is 5 for 8 in his career, and is on fire with four straight wins. He hasn’t lost a race in 2021 yet, all of which have come at Charles Town. If Be Be Bop keeps running like this, then no one is going to catch him again on Wednesday.
Post Time: 10:17 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 8 is the final race at Charles Town on Wednesday night. This race goes for 6 ½ furlongs and a modest purse of $8,800. Watch for Prince of Windsor and Silver Castle to have a good chance to win this race. Prince of Windsor has been in good form to go top-3 in eight of his previous 11 attempts.
After finishing 4th, 4th, 5th, Prince of Windsor came back recently for a 3 length win over Binn Goods for a $8,500 purse. This was after Prince of Windsor struggled finishing 5th on December 20 in a $7,300 event. Expect Prince of Windsor to be close with a chance to win, but Silver Castle is going to provide plenty of resistance in this one.
Silver Castle is 7 for 29 in his career and has largely been up and down. However, that’s mostly because of the events that he’s entered. Silver Castle has stakes experience and running much tougher races than this assignment on Wednesday. In his previous three attempts, Silver Castle has gone 2nd, 1st, 6th. He beat Pont Du Gard by 5 ¾ lengths in a $13,000 event two outings ago.
However, couldn’t keep up and finished 6th in his most recent event on April 2 in a $24,500 race. That was too tough, but Silver Castle is sliding all the way down to a $8,000 race. This is probably too easy, though it should result in Silver Castle going to the winner’s circle tonight. I’d back the No. 7 horse to score a win.