Churchill Downs Selections for October 31, 2021 – Horse Racing Picks

Churchill Downs Selections for October 31, 2021 – Horse Racing Picks

We’re now less than a week off from the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The big $6,000,000 Grade 1 is scheduled for next Saturday at Del Mar in California. The festivities begin on Friday with five races worth at least a million bucks.

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There are two feature events with the running of the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Gr. 1) and $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Gr. 1). That’s just an appetizer for what’s to come on Saturday. BetOnline has 11 racecourses scheduled this afternoon and evening.

For our first stop on Sunday, we’re going to head to my favorite track in North America. Churchill Downs is back this weekend, and has 11 races with $1,483,000 in prize money available. Head below for our free Churchill Downs picks for October 31, 2021.

Race 1

(1) Blunder
+800 (8/1)
(2) Levy
+1500 (15/1)
(3) King Curlin
+400 (4/1)
(4) Frosty Dreams
+1200 (12/1)
(5) Rewire
+200 (2/1)
(6) Trademark
+350 (7/2)
(7) Underdressed
+1500 (15/1)
(8) Hitting Bombs
+1500 (15/1)

Post Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles

The first race at Churchill Downs on Sunday afternoon is a $92,000 event covering 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. Look for Hitting Bombs and Rewire to have a big presence in the stretch for this assignment.

Hitting Bombs is winless in two attempts, finishing 7th and 4th in his outings. As a rookie on September 18 for a $120,000 purse, Hitting Bombs finished 7th and wasn’t involved.

He did better as a sophomore in his next outing on October 9 at Keeneland. The colt finished 4th in a $84,000 assignment. Back at Churchill on Sunday in a $92,000 event, he should enter the mix.

Rewire made his debut on September 24 for a $92,000 event. That was an impressive effort with Rewire placing 2nd behind Unified Report by 1 length. Close call and progressive start as a rookie. The same kind of effort should work.

The Bet

Race 4

(1) Morning Thoughts
+1200 (12/1)
(2) Monologue
+2000 (20/1)
(3) Wake Surf
+500 (5/1)
(4) Harmon Killer Brew
+1200 (12/1)
(5) Ben Diesel
+2000 (20/1)
(6) Ten Gauge
+400 (4/1)
(7) Search Engine
+400 (4/1)
(8) Scattershack
+2000 (20/1)
(9) Bourbon Heist
+120 (6/5)

Post Time: 2:30 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles

The fourth race at Churchill Down is a wealthy $120,000 maiden special weight event covering 1 1/16 miles. Ten Gauge and Bourbon Heist should have involvement in the stretch run.

Ten Gauge is winless in three attempts, going 2nd, 5th, 2nd in three races. He placed 2nd behind Rattle N Roll by 3 lengths in a $120,000 event on September 23. That was a good attempt from Ten Gauge.

This was after Ten Gauge finished 5th on September 4 for a $100,000 assignment at Saratoga. It was nice improvement, and continued improvement could put him in the winner’s circle.

Bourbon Heist has finished 6th, 2nd, 2nd, 4th in four attempts. He placed 2nd in back-to-back assignments on July 24 and August 21.

In his most recent of those, he placed behind Major General by a neck for a $100,000 purse. Bourbon Heist came back to go 4th on September 18 in the $300,000 Iroquois Stakes (Gr. 3).

Given the competition in that one, it wasn’t a bad effort at all. Down to $120,000 at Churchill Downs on Sunday, expect Bourbon Heist to be the most determined horse in Race 4.

The Bet

Race 8

(1) Rain Check
+500 (5/1)
(2) Penny Saver
+120 (6/5)
(3) Taylor’s Secret
+2000 (20/1)
(4) Ring Me Darling
+5000 (5/1)
(5) Feeling Happy
+400 (4/1)
(6) Mystique Saboteur
+1500 (15/1)
(7) Zing
+400 (4/1)

Post Time: 4:36 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile

Race 8 is a $127,000 event covering a mile on the dirt. Feeling Happy and Penny Saver should have a strong say in the stretch.

Feeling Happy made her debut on September 23 in a $92,000 event on September 23. It was a more than acceptable effort, with Feeling Happy finishing a neck ahead of Shotgun Hottie for the win.

It was a terrific debut for a horse that wasn’t taken too seriously at auction in September last year. The filly was bought for just $27,000 and appeared to be capable of much more than her asking price.

Penny Saver has finished 2nd, 4th, 1st, 7th in four races. She defeated Golden Sights by 9 ½ lengths in a blowout on September 24 for a $120,000 purse. Highly impressive.

Penny Saver was unable to keep up in her next assignment on October 8 in the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (Gr. 1). The filly settled for 7th and found that too tough.

That’s fine because Penny Saver is sliding down in class to the $127,000 level on Sunday. She found $120,000 too easy, so expect her to go well in this one. Kenny McPeek likely has a winner in Penny Saver today.

The Bet
Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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