Churchill Downs Weekend Preview: Who, what, where, when and how!

May 29, 2020

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A four-day week of racing began at Churchill Downs Thursday. There was a $22,154 carryover in the $1 Super Hi-5 in Race 10. First post each day is 1 p.m.

Thursday’s morning’s work tab at Churchill Downs featured 2019 Champion mare Midnight Bisou who worked five furlongs in 1:00.60. Shortly after Midnight Bisou completed her work, her stablemate, Grade I winner Basin, worked a half-mile in :51.20.

“Inside Churchill Downs” will air Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN 680/105.7. The one-hour horse racing program is hosted by Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Darren Rogers and Kevin Kerstein along with BetAmerica and TwinSpires.com racing analyst Scott Shapiro. Those outside the Louisville area can listen live on www.espnlouisville.com.

Saturday’s 11-race program at Churchill Downs will feature a $500,000 guaranteed pool in the Late Pick 5, which covers Races 7-11. Saturday’s Late Pick 5 bet, which has a low 15 percent takeout, will open with the $100,000 Winning Colors presented by Finlandia (GIII) and close with the $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (GIII). The sequence features an average field size of 11.6 horses entered in the body. For free Brisnet past performances, visit www.churchilldowns.com/handicapping. Through the first seven days of racing, the Late Pick 5 had an average payout of more than $27,000.

MEET STANDINGS

At the start of the racing week, perennial leading rider Corey Lanerie had a 6-to-5 win lead in the jockey standings over Tyler Gaffalione, Martin Garcia, Florent Geroux, Jose Ortiz, Joel Rosario, Ricardo Santana Jr. and John Velazquez.

In the trainer standings, Brad Cox had a 6-to-4 win margin over Steve Asmussen. Trainers Chad Brown, Robertino Diodoro, Mike Maker, Graham Motion, Bill Mott and Brendan Walsh had three wins.

Churchill Downs’ all-time leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey were tied in the owner’s standings with Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch with two victories. 

MILESTONE WATCH

Churchill Downs all-time leading trainer Dale Romans held a narrow 737-to-733 win lead over Steve Asmussen. Romans had eight horses entered Thursday-Saturday while Asmussen had 17.  

TV SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

The racing action from Churchill Downs Racetrack throughout the 2020 Spring Meet will be broadcast on FOX Sports’ “America’s Day at the Races,” which will air every race day on either FS1 or FS2. Produced by the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) in partnership with FOX Sports, “America’s Day at the Races” is the acclaimed national telecast presenting coverage and analysis of the best racing from around the country. 

Thursday, May 28

1:00 – 6:00 p.m. (FS2) 

3:00 – 5:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Ohio)

Friday, May 29

12:30 – 2:20 p.m. (FS2)

4:30 –-5:30 p.m. (FS2) 

2:00 – 5:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Ohio)

Saturday, May 30

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (FS2)

2:30 – 6:30 p.m. (FS1) 

3:00 – 6:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Ohio)

Sunday, May 31

1:00 – 6:00 p.m. (FS2) 

3:00 – 6:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Ohio)

Edited Churchill Downs Press Release

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