BetAmerica’s horse racing pick of the day: May 21, Churchill Downs
Weekday picks and plays for Thoroughbred racing.
Thursday, May 21
#4 Tequila Queen (2-1 on the morning line) figures to start as the favorite for trainer Wesley Ward, who is renowned for his success with early maturing juvenile sprinters.
A daughter of hot, young sire American Pharoah, Tequila Queen sold for $325,000 as a yearling and enters off a string of sharp workouts at Keeneland, including a rapid, half-mile drill from the starting gate in :47 4/5 April 21.
But Ward‘s juveniles have gone just 1-for-7 in 2020, and while all of those starters came in Florida — where Ward keeps a secondary string of 2-year-olds — it leaves me wondering if the delayed start to juvenile racing this season has hampered his usual early momentum.
- Champion 2YO— Coolmore America (@coolmoreamerica) January 1, 2020
- First Triple Crown Winner in 37 years
- Champion 3YO
- Horse Of The Year
- Champion Freshman Sire
- #2 leading sire of 2YO’s.
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An alternative to the favorite is #2 Mad Maddy (3-1), another daughter of American Pharoah. Trainer Steve Asmussen has gone 14-for-71 (20%) with debuting juveniles at Churchill over the last two years, and Mad Maddy has posted some flashy workouts, including a bullet half-mile from the Keeneland starting gate in :46 May 6.
$10 exacta box: 2,4 ($20)
$2.50 trifecta: 2,4 with 2,3,4 with 2,3,4 ($10)