Review of River City Handicap at Churchill Downs on November 17, 2018

Race 10: River City Handicap, Grade III. For 3 years and up 1 1/8 miles on turf. Purse $100,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Master Merion Albin Jimenez Wesley Ward 10/1
2 Postulation Brian  Hernandez, Jr. Michael Matz 5/1
3 Mr. Misunderstood Florent Geroux Brad Cox 8/5
4 Oscar Nominated Tyler Gaffalione Michael Maker 4/1
5 Big Changes Julien Leparoux Brad Cox 5/1
6 Team Colors Adam Beschizza Joe Sharp 12/1
7 Flatlined Joseph Rocco, Jr. Kelly Von Hemel 15/1
8 Sir Dudley Digges Corey Lanerie Michael Maker 8/1

Mr. Misunderstood leads an eight-horse field as the 8/5 Morning Line favorite. He has won seven stakes races during his 20-race career, including the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes (GIIT) at Churchill Downs. He is undefeated in three starts over the Churchill turf course. He ran sixth in his last race the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (GIT) at Keeneland on October 6. Mr. Misunderstood is 10-for-15 overall on turf, but in his seven grass starts as a 4-year-old, he has only won twice.

Big Changes is trying for  his sixth consecutive victory, his most recent win was a conditional allowance race at Keeneland October. 12. Big Changes has won his last five turf routes. He should be in front and set the pace.

Oscar Nominated is one to consider to be on top of the board. He did finish off the board in the Sycamore Stakes (G3T), Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (G3T), and United Nations Stakes (G1T) in his last three starts but the distance will cut back will increases his chances.

Sir Dudley Digges is coming off a three month layoff. He finished third in his last race in the Kentucky Downs Preview Calumet Farm Turf Cup Stakes at Ellis Park on August 5. Sir Dudley Digges captured the Queen’s Plate as a 3-year-old in 2016 and has won five times on turf since. He will be setting in the second flight try for the lead down the lane.


Team Colors was claimed for $62,500 by Joe Sharp on Sept. 1. He won his first for Joe and he won an allowance turf route at this distance at Keeneland October. 12. He was fifth, beaten two lengths, in this event last year after a troubled beginning, and he is capable of beginning on the board.


Our Top Three Picks:

  • Mr. Misunderstood
  • Big Changes
  • Oscar Nominated

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