It’s Kentucky Derby Day in Louisville at Churchill Downs. The running of the 146th Kentucky Derby is ready to rock and roll at the historic Churchill Downs in Kentucky. We have everything you need for Derby Day, with three graded selections, including the final event of the day, the Kentucky Derby. After the Kentucky Derby is done, the racing doesn’t stop. There is other action to be had elsewhere as well. For my other racecard on Derby Day, we’ll be at Charles Town in West Virginia.
I’ve strategically selected Charles Town because it won’t interfere with your Kentucky Derby betting. The first race at Charles Town is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST. Post time for the Derby is just after 7:00, so you’ll only have to miss out on one race before focusing on Charles Town. The stakes are much, much lower at Charles Town, but hopefully just as profitable. Head below for our free Charles Town picks for September 5, 2020.
Post Time: 9:02 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 ½ Furlongs
Race 5 gives you more than enough time to take a breather after the Kentucky Derby and gear up for Charles Town. This event will cover 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $27,000 purse. I know, it’s crazy to go from a $3,000,000 race to $27,000. Ragtime Cowboy Joe and Lookin’ Smart should be in the mix in the stretch.
Ragtime Cowboy Joe has shown since form leading up to Saturday. He placed 2nd in each of his last two outings on June 12 and July 24, both at Charles Town. Prior to those races, Ragtime Cowboy Joe was 5th, 6th, 5th to open his career. He has been showing signs of improvement and should have a chance on Saturday night under the lights.
Ragtime Cowboy Joe lost by 1 ¾ lengths in a $17,000 event on June 12, and then followed up to place 2nd again in July. He lost that one by 4 ¼ lengths behind Viper as a slight underdog. Ragtime Cowboy Joe is moving up in class after getting into the money at the $17,000 level. Lookin’ Smart should be a formidable opponent, but Ragtime Cowboy Joe should be close.
Lookin’ Smart makes his return to the gate after a lengthy layoff. He made his debut on October 12, 2019 at the Meadowlands and didn’t run well. Lookin’ Smart finished 6th in a $31,000 event in that one. He went on a break after that, and has looked much better in the morning going into today. Lookin’ Smart completed 4 furlongs in 48.40, 49.20, and 50.80 seconds in prep work for tonight. This is a beatable field for him.
Post Time: 9:32 p.m. EST
We’ll head to Race 6 at Charles Town, with the gate opening closer to 10:00 p.m. EST. Kentucky Dancer, who wishes he was dancing in Kentucky at Churchill Downs, might be able to head to the winner’s circle at Charles Town. Kentucky Dancer draws the inside rail and might be able to do something with it at 7 furlongs.
Foaled in 2013, Kentucky Dancer has been around with plenty of experience. Overall, she is 10 for 55 in her career, and got into the double digits with a win on August 14. Kentucky Dancer has finished in the top-3 in three straight outings with finishes of 3rd, 2nd, 1st.
She placed 2nd on July 24 by a neck behind Castle Ridge. Kentucky Dancer was on the right side on August 14 with a 1 length win over Vonda. If she presents that form on Saturday, then Kentucky Dancer should have a chance.
Lonely Drifter has had a lot of success with 12 wins in 25 races. She has surpassed Kentucky Dancer’s win total already and her winning percentage is quite impressive. Lonely Drifter has won or placed in 12 of her previous 13 entries. After going up in class at Laurel Park on November 14, 2019, she was a no show in a $24,332 event.
After a layoff, Lonely Drifter is back and down in class to the $14,000 level. She was accustomed to racing for $20,000 or more prior to taking a break. The only thing preventing Lonely Drifter from a win in this one would be her rust. However, reports from her morning workouts have been good. Expect Lonely Drifter to outperform her competition in Race 6.
Post Time: 10:02 p.m. EST
Our final look at Charles Town will come from Race 7. This event will cover 7 furlongs on the dirt for a $19,000 purse. Look for Hard Being Me and Tranquil Blue to play a factor in this race. Hard Being Me and Tranquil Blue will be on opposite ends of the gate. Hard Being Me is 2 for 22 in his career, with his most recent victory on June 26. He was a half length winner over Kite Surfer in a $18,000 event June 26.
Hard Being Me followed up for 3rd and 5th in a bit tougher races. In his most recent entry, Hard Being Me showed in 3rd in a $19,000 race. He might be able to surprise in this one if Tranquil Blue is having a bad day. Tranquil Blue didn’t have a great day in his most recent outing, which was the race I just talked about. Tranquil Blue was the overwhelming favorite, but had to settle for 2nd place money.
Tranquil Blue finished a neck ahead of Hard Being Me to take down the next best prize at Charles Town on July 17. Tranquil Blue’s most recent win was three races ago in February. He was a 1 length winner in that $18,000 race over Turner Ashby. This is more of a lack of competition pick than anything else. Tranquil Blue should be able to put in a better effort and clear this field.