Churchill Downs: Horse racing pick of the day for Nov. 18
Weekday picks and plays for Thoroughbred racing.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Originally slated to be held over 1 3/8 miles on turf, Wednesday’s fourth race will instead take place over 1 1/4 miles on dirt, which should lend a significant advantage to #1 Beachwalker (8-1 on the morning line).
A son of 2007 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Street Sense, Beachwalker has spent the majority of his career racing with limited success on turf. But the stoutly bred 3-year-old took a big step forward in an off-the-turf maiden race over 1 3/16 miles at Keeneland last month, when he tracked the pace and finished clearly second-best, behind 3-5 favorite Obsessed.
That effort produced an 88 Brisnet Speed rating, the highest figure in Wednesday’s field. The rail draw sets the stage for a ground-saving trip, and hot jockey Ricardo Santana (a 21% winner at Churchill Downs) will have the mount. What’s not to like?
$25 to win on #1 Beachwalker
$5 exacta: 1 with 10