Churchill Downs Horse Racing Picks for Sunday 5/14/23

Horse Racing Picks from Churchill Downs on Sunday, May 14.
Horse Racing Picks from Churchill Downs on Sunday, May 14. / Associated Press

Following the Kentucky Derby and a huge weekend of racing, the Churchill Downs Spring Meet continues. There are 10 races on Sunday with first post at 12:45 p.m. ET.

As always, check the program for scratches and changes, monitor the weather, and keep an eye on the track conditions with up to a 50% chance of rain in the forecast.

(I will reference Equibase's Speed Figure in selected races, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races after adjusting for track, distances, and conditions).

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Churchill Downs Betting Picks

According to numberFire horse racing projections and Top Race Reports (ECHR), these are some of the best bets to make at FanDuel Racing today.

Did you follow FanDuel Racing picks and cash in a 3-for-3 day at Churchill Downs on May 4? All six win picks finished in the money providing additional Exacta and Trifecta payoffs. Also, in recent picks at Keeneland, Time For Trouble (18/1) cashed $2 win bets for $37.50 and a $2 exacta paid $189. 

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1. Fireball Fun and Six Missions, Race 4

FanDuel Racing Odds: 8/1 and 9/2
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Race 4 is a Maiden Special Weight with 12 runners going 1-mile on the turf. Fireball Fun (8/1) and Noises Off (7/2) are the top win contenders accoring to numberFire's data. Six Missions (9/2) is freshened off a third place finish last Oct. Leading jockey Tyler Gaffalione rides, and ECHR adds that this son of Ransom the Moon should return a more effective and mature runner.

Fireball Fun makes his debut for trainer Al Stall, Jr, and the meets top jockey Luis Saez rides this son of Hard Spun.

2. Under Oath and Minnesota Ready, Race 9

FanDuel Racing Odds: 3/1 and 6/1
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Race 9 is an Allowance race with 11 runners sprinting 6 furlongs. Both numberFire and Top Race Reports land on Under Oath (3/1) and Minnesota Ready (6/1) as the top win contenders.

Race analysis by Top Race Reports in the East Coast Handicapping Report shows Under Oath stringing three races together for the first time in his career and coming off a near win last time out. He fits super strong class wise, and his racing splits likely point to a front running effort where he can gain instant confidence during the running of the race.

More notes indicate that Minnesota Ready has some hard-trying efforts and a giving motion. Local jockey Corey Lanerie is a good fit off a pair of second-place finishes this spring and triple-digit speed figures.

3. Moreau and Zaphod, Race 10

FanDuel Racing Odds: 10/1 and 10/1
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Race 10 is a Maiden Special Weight for 3-year-olds and up going 1-mile. Another full field of 12 runners, and the numberFire algorithm projects Trumptastic (7/2) to win with Zaphod (10/1) and Redemption Time (8/1) to finish in-the-money. Top Race Reports (TRR) includes Zaphod, who is a son of Bernardini and his drills point to a well-meant effort.

Moreau (10/1) is a capable longshot with improvement ahead, according to TRR. And Brigade Commander (3/1) with Luis Saez riding, finished fourth recently versus a better field.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.