Friday Racing Picks: Churchill Downs

Our handicapper has five picks for today's card at Churchill Downs
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Fri, June 26, 5:51 AM EDT

Race 1 – PICK: AROUND THE DIAL (4/1 ML) - Click here to bet on Around The Dial with TVG

Around The Dial doesn’t boast the best recent form in this race, but the key to his chances is the move to the in-form Robertino Diodoro barn and the improvement that could bring this four-year-old. Previously trained by Thomas Amoss, Around The Dial was a solid performer and could contend in a race like this, but any improvement the barn change brings could be difference maker.

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Race 3 – PICK: BEAU LUMINARIE (7/2 ML) - Click here to bet on Beau Luminarie with TVG

Rodolphe Brisset’s four-year-old Beau Luminarie has less miles on the clock than his rivals in race three and that could be key in a weak race where any improvement will surely be rewarded with a victory. Locally Owned has been a model of consistency so far this season and would be a popular winner, but he is vulnerable to one with a profile similar to the selection.

Race 4 – PICK: MAJORETTE (5/1 ML) - Click here to bet on Majorette with TVG

Glamour Girl is the morning line favorite, but has had plenty of chances to break her maiden tag and is readily passed over in favor of Majorette who ran a great race on racecourse debut and you’d surely expect plenty of improvement to come with experience.

Race 6 – PICK: QUEEN’S MASON (5/1 ML) - Click here to bet on Queen's Mason with TVG

Not a bad race with several unexposed types in here. We’re siding with the recent winner Queen’s Mason who was really impressive last time out when winning by four lengths over six furlongs and the step up in trip should be no issue. Continuum and Saratogian are both dangers to note in the betting.

Race 7 – PICK: CHESS CHIEF (4/1 ML) - Click here to bet on Chess Chief with TVG

Another really competitive race on the card and this time we’re siding with a significant class-dropper; Chess Chief. Our pick was last seen running in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap (eighth, 35/1) and the drop to this grade should be much more suitable.

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