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Racing expert Sweet Lou Monaco's picks for the Race 9 Allowance at Churchill Downs

The new racing week begins in earnest today and Churchill Downs is back for its first full week of racing, after opening up last Friday for its 26-day autumn meet, which ends Dec. 1. We will take a look at the feature, a $97,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles on the dirt.

Race 9 of the 10-race card has an approximate post time of 5:06 p.m. ET.

#3, Lemon Chill, Joe Rocco, Jr., 5-2

Lemon Chill, a bay filly by Lemon Drop Kid out of Onza, returns to Churchill Downs, the site of her only win by 4 ¼ lengths in a maiden special weight race on Sept. 29. In her last, she finished fourth in an allowance race at Keeneland on Oct. 12. This will be her eighth career starts (1-1-1). The longer distances serve her best and she might be yearning for today’s 1 1/8 miles. Joe Rocco, Jr. is in the saddle for trainer Donnie Von Hemel. The pick.  

#1, Saracosa, Corey Lanerie, 2-1

With no wins in five starts this season (0-2-2), Saracosa is looking for her first win since an 8 ¾ length romp in a maiden special weight race at Ellis Park back on Aug. 17, 2018. However, she has finished in the money in four of her last five starts, including a third-place finish in an allowance race at Ellis Park on Sept. 1, her last. Corey Lanerie, the meet’s leading jockey with  12 wins thus far, is back in the saddle for the fourth straight time for trainer Brendan Walsh and is looking to take a different approach in the hopes of notching her first win in 15 months. Runner-up.

#6, Final Cut, James Graham, 3-1

Winless in five starts in 2018, Final Cut has been making the final cut this year, going 2-2-0 in seven starts, including back-to-back triumphs in her last two starts at two different tracks. She won by 6 ½ lengths in a maiden special weight race at Indiana Grand Race Course on Aug. 23 and prevailed by 2 ¼ lengths in a claiming race at Keeneland in her last on Oct. 18. Contender.

#2, Mo Gayle, Miguel Mena, 6-1

The fourth time was a charm at Churchill Downs for trainer Dallas Stewart, where Mo Gayle won by one length over Blunt Force in a claiming race on Sept. 21, her last start. The win came off of five sub-par performances (4-9-5-5-10), so both jockey Miguel Mena and Stewart hope the last was a turn in the right direction, where she is 2-0-1 in her last eight starts. In the mix.

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By Lou Monaco


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