Joe Kristufek's Expert Picks

Selections subject to change due to scratches, off the turf, etc. Double-check against program numbers before wagering.

For the most up to the minute information, tune in to "Churchill Downs Today" presented by one hour before first post every racing day, watch the pre-race paddock show and follow Joe Kristufek on Twitter @JoeyDaKRacing

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday's selections PDF

1st Race

#7 Royal Edition – Big time excuse for last; edge

#3 Applewood – Distance suits; dangerous kick

#5 Eclipsed Moon – Sliding down the ladder

#6 Soul of the Hero – Fits like a glove; gimmicks

Joe’s selections: 7-3-5/6-8/1-2-4

2nd Race

#6 Patti Patti Patti – Slop excuse; clear sailing

#1 Myositis Mystique – Excuses; scratched for this

#2 Erin’s Wish – In fine form; faces pace pressure

#5 Sheswildnfree – Very photogenic; wants route?

Joe’s selections: 6-1-2-5/3-4

3rd Race

#6 Girls Know Best – Speedy and sharp as a tack

#2 Excessivespending – Just beat similar; respect

#7 Oxford Comma – Better than ever; trips out

#4 Justa Lady – Grassy dash specialist can do

Joe’s selections: 6-2-7/4-5-3/1a-1

Main track selections: 6-8-2-7

4th Race

#10 Math Wizard – All factors add up to victory

#6 Divine Favor – Placement makes sense

#7 Majid – Big drop for formidable team

#8 Truly Stellar – Fits well in dirt debut

Joe’s selections: 10-6-7-8/16-15-14-11-3-4-1

5th Race

#8 Charge to Victory – Blinkers on; well placed

#2 Collection – Even efforts with tougher foes

#4 One Bet From Even – Might be worth backing

#7 Weiland – Already exceeded expectations

Joe’s selections: 8/2-4-7/6-5-3/9-1

6th Race

#3 Zeroed In – Blinks on; big ticket item

#9 Uncapped – Promising debut; trips out?

#14 Zipaway – Bred to dash on grass

#13 One Flew South – This Ward wants route?

Joe’s selections: 3/9-14-13-2/5-6-8-7-1-4-11-16-12-10-15

7th Race

#5 Fightingjoewheeler – Better than ever; win spot

#4 Big Iron – Rates high if forgive slop clunker

#2 Zaevion – Drops in for Ron; fires fresh?

#3 Sharp Money – Broke through at Hawthorne

Joe’s selections: 5-4-2/3-7/12-10-9-11

8th Race

#7 Musabaqa – Blinks on; drops for tough team

#9 Parking Ticket – Steps on the gas late; price

#4 Heavenly Hill – Forces issue; hangs around

#3 Bella Moon – Go to whoa threat; gimmicks

Joe’s selections: 7/9-4-3-2-5/1-6-8

9th Race

#7 Oh My – Solid 3rd in Kentucky debut

#6 Holly Go Lightly – Arrow pointing up, Boss

#3 Bridaled Temper – Rates on consistency

#2 Jaunt – Rediscovers her A-game?

Joe’s selections: 7-6-3-2-10/14-4-5-8-9-1-12-13/11-15-16

Main track selections: 5-7-14-20-18-19-17

10th Race

#10 Cheytac – Gets over the hump on drop

#14 Blue Mesa – Good as any if draws in

#11 Dahik – Has talent; must harness it

#13 Interlaken – Fits like a glove with these

Joe’s selections: 10-14-11/13-6-15-12/7-9-1-8-4-3-2-16

Brandon Stauble’s Workout of the Day

Race 3: 11/12- #7 Oxford Comma delivered a huge finish from the 1/2 mile pole to the wire in 23.3 and 46.4. Comma continued on galloping out in 100 flat, plenty to like here.

For valuable workout and racing information, follow Brandon on Twitter @bstaubs22

Kevin Kerstein’s Play of the Day

Race 2: #5 Sheswildnfree did not run well at all as the heavy favorite in her last start at this level. However, the hard-knocking mare ran some very competitive races over the summer in Ohio and if she can return to that form she is strictly the one to beat.

Suggested Play: #6 Sheswildnfree

Twitter: @horseracingKK

Joe's Top Pick stats (2015 thru Sept. 2018)

Races Wins 2nd 3rd Win % WPS %
2,532 679 451 38326.8% 59.8%

Sign up for race updates, wagering tips, and inside news
Thank you to our sponsor