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Starting the week with three picks for Thursday's races at Churchill Downs from John DaSilva

Lead Horse Racing handicapper John DaSilva is back to give us his picks for Thursday's races at Churchill Downs.

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Race 3 – Pick #9 Quicksilver (4-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG

Ships in from Indiana Grand for Tom Amoss. In his last start on July 27, he set the pace before tiring to third in a starter race going shorter. Gets a positive jockey switch to James Graham. He has been running well when racing close to the early pace so he should employ similar tactics here. Amoss wins at 26% with horses coming back 31 to 60 days from their last start on dirt.

Race 4 – Pick #1 Oro de Tejano (6-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG

Had a troubled start and finishing third while going longer at Ellis Park. He now drew the rail and drops in class while cutting back to seven furlongs, which was to distance of his victory at Ellis Park two back. Trainer Robertino Diodoro retains Adam Beschizza to ride, who was aboard for the victory two back, instead of his stable Jockey David Cohen, who is back from Saratoga. Oro de Tejano should stalk a solid pace and get up in time for the victory versus these.

Race 6 – Pick #7 Zapper Van Winkle (6-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG

After coming off the pace to break his maiden as the favorite while being claimed off that effort by Michel Douaihy two starts back, Zapper Van Winkle was hard used early and tired to fourth in allowance company last out. He now returns to route while dropping to face conditioned claimers for the first time. In his previous starts at this distance, he was further off the pace and his recent starts always made a good middle move, just enough time to move right. With measure room now knowing the horse, hopefully he could time to move perfectly so he can get up for the victory

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