Barish’s Free Pick for Kentucky Downs

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Kentucky Downs

Race 9

The Dueling Grounds Derby on the all-turf course for three-year olds. Top choice is No. 2 Shamrocket. He shows up for hot trainer Christophe Clement and reunites with jockey Joel Rosario. The distance shouldn’t be a problem and he will try and stay close to the lead in this pace-less race. No. 11 Bama Breeze will be the likely favorite as he’s kept much better company in his prior races. The challenge for him today may be his running style. He’s a closer and there may not be enough pace to make a big late run. No. 3 Jolting Joe has a second-place finish at this venue and is the likely pacesetter. 

The Pick: Win/Place 2 Exacta Box 2-3-11 Trifecta Box 2-3-11-13

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