We’re off and running at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Friday afternoon. One horse was a winner at Churchill Downs on Thursday, but two of them didn’t come in for us. It was a better day at Laurel Park with 2 of 3 horses hitting. With the 7% cash back on losing horses at BetOnline, it wasn’t that bad of a day.
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The $250,000 Belmont Oaks (Gr. 1) is one of the feature races of the day at Belmont Park. As far as today is concerned at Churchill Downs, there are ten races with a total of $473,000 in prize money available. We’ll take a look at three more races and see what we can do with it. Head below for our free Churchill Downs picks for September 18, 2020.
Post Time: 12:45 p.m. EST
Race 1 is our first destination at Churchill Downs on Friday. Spanish Peaks and Tetrahydro are likely going to be the leading contenders in this 6-furlong event for a $20,000 purse. They will run from opposite sides of the gate, with Tetrahydro running from the outside post position.
Tetrahydro has finished 9th, 4th, 2nd, 8th, 4th in her career. 8th was a disappointment at Keeneland on July 9 for a $35,000 purse. That was good for dead last and well off the pace, never playing a role in the race.
Tetrahydro did better next time out in a $38,000 event on August 14 to finish 4th. That was a spot better than two horses, but failed to keep up with Spanish Peaks and the rest of the field. Spanish Peaks finished 4 ¼ lengths ahead of Tetrahydro to comfortably show 3rd.
She just missed out on place money by ¾ lengths. Spanish Peaks has finished in the top-3 in 3 out of 4 races in her career. Prior to finishing 3rd in the event mentioned above, Spanish Peaks placed 2nd on July 14 as the favorite in a $32,000 event. This is the easiest race of her career. That much should be evident in the end result in Race 1 at Churchill Downs.
Post Time: 1:14 p.m. EST
Right after the first race, we’ll take a short break and then get ready for Race 2. This event covers 6 furlongs on the main track for a $21,000 purse. Princess Trina and Mo Flash are going to be close in this race. I think one of them will be walking over to the winner’s circle. Princess Trina has been near the front or at the front in seven straight performances.
Two of those outings were wins on February 9 and May 22. Since a win in May, Princess Trina has finished 2nd, 2nd, 3rd. Her most recent entry was for 3rd on July 31 at Belterra Park in a $14,100 event. She is up in class today, but this should be a manageable event. Two 4-furlong workouts in August and September 46.80 and 46.40 seconds were incredibly impressive. If this race was 4 ½ furlongs, I’d hold Princess Trina in a little higher esteem.
Mo Flash is 7 for 28 and has tested herself in some tougher events in the past. She was a winner two races ago on July 11 in a $40,000 claiming race at Belmont Park. After a transfer to Saratoga, Mo Flash was 6th in a $49,000 race on August 7. She was regarded as being tired by the final furlong in that race. Mo Flash was 2nd at the ½ pole and faded late in the stretch. That was at 7 furlongs, so one furlong less should help her out nicely on Friday. I’d consider a hard look at Mo Flash in Race 2.
Post Time: 3:16 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 6 is 1 1/16 miles for a $30,000 purse on the main track. I have Charlie’sarchangel and Frost Or Frippery on my shortlist for the race. Charlie’sarchangel has been showing something since the spring.
He’s finished 1st, 7th, 3rd, 3rd in his last four events Charlie’sarchangel won on May 23 at Churchill Downs by 4 lengths over Strut the Ring for a $34,000 purse. That was an easy win, though he followed up for 7th at Indiana Grand in a $20,000 race.
He was in better form in his last two races on July 28 and September 1. Charlie’sarchangel showed 3rd in a $32,500 event and then the same in a $52,000 event just over two weeks ago.
He beat five horses in that race, so it wasn’t a bad run in a higher class like that. Charlie’sarchangel is back down in class for Friday, but must deal with a really strong horse in Frost Or Frippery. Frost Or Frippery has been throttling the competition since last September.
He has either placed 2nd or won in his last 13 races. Frost Or Frippery has finished in the top-3 in all of his races dating back to 2018. Additionally, he’s on a five-race winning streak going into Friday. It doesn’t get much better than that form. In a race in July and August, Frost Or Frippery won by 4 ¼ lengths and 4 ¾ lengths in back-to-back outings. He moves up slightly in class today, but this shouldn’t be overly difficult.