Kicking off Closing Week of 2016 spring-summer meeting at Churchill Downs

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Ed DeRosa

June 30th, 2016

There are only three racing days left at Churchill Downs, which means only two days left to take your shot at being the lone winner of the Louisville track's Single^6 jackpot, which enters the Thursday, June 30, card with a carryover of $671,761. Based on typical pool totals, a lone winning ticket could be worth as much as $900,000.

If I were allowed to play the Single^6 I'd pin all my hopes on #9 Starof the Nile in the nightcap. She's 6-to-1 on the morning line, so value might be there in the multis. She started her career on turf but has only raced on dirt since shipping north from Fair Grounds. Now she drops to the lowest level at which she's competed and returns to turf but retains jockey Brian Hernandez with Speed Ratings that line up with this group nicely.

Even with the single late, getting there is tricky, as the sequence begins with a pair of firster-laden maiden races. I pretty much punted on them and have a 5x6 double to kick off the Single^6 (and end the early Pick 4). Top picks for each race are listed in the "TP" column.

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