A $98,666 Late Pick 5 carryover has made the Mother’s Day card at Churchill Downs on Sunday even more enticing. Here’s how the sequence looks from this perspective.
Taking a drop from stakes company into this $50,000 claimer is #6 FARAWAY KITTEN (5-2), the only horse in the field with prior wins in both maiden special weight and allowance company. He’s our key on the ticket.
#6 PURE SPECULATION (10-1) was favored in his debut nearly a year ago, but backed out after showing some early foot. Likely better on the way. #8 TWELFTH LABOUR (5-1) has done his best running around one turn, though slight concern is this trip might prove too short. Did show more speed than usual last time, a plus. #9 PIRATE’S PUNCH (15-1) faced some quality fields in California last summer. Half to graded winners Girvin and Cocked and Loaded presumably still has potential despite a couple rough outings.
#8 COACH ROCKS (2-1) won the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) and placed in the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) and Delaware Oaks (G3) last year, thus owns the class edge. However, #6 DIAMONDCOAT (10-1) has generally run well (when sticking to dirt) every time since being claimed by Bernie Flint last fall, including a couple of tries at this level.
If the inside speed comes back at all to the field, #5 KITTEN’S CAT (4-1) will loom a significant threat to pick up the pieces. Enters fresh for Mike Maker. He doesn’t have much sprint form to speak of, but #4 DUBBY DUBBIE (10-1) loves this turf course as three of his four wins have come over it. Reunited with Geroux here.
We’ll hopefully remain alive for our spread race in the finale. #2 QUEEN’S MASON (20-1) and #3 RAHFEE TOWN (10-1) have room to improve off their debut runs last season, while #4 FLATOUT WINNER (5-1) didn’t seem to care for two turns or slop after a strong debut run at Fair Grounds. Blinkers on here. #9 PERLMAN (8-1) is an interesting first-time starter with the potent Maker/Geroux combo in his corner.
The 50-cent ticket:
6 with 6,8,9 with 6,8 with 4,5 with 2,3,4,9 = $24