05/28/2011 9:11AM

Churchill Downs: Sat. scratches, etc.


Well, only 2 tickets were alive going into the final leg of the $2 pick 6 last evening at Churchill, both of them pool-sweepers, and wouldn't you know it, one of them hit when Secret Commander ($8, J.Court up) prevailed by a convincing margin. The solo winner was worth $72,862; the pool yesterday was $56,655 on top of a carryover of nearly $40k. The other live ticket last night was on the lukewarm fave, #2 Keefer, who wound up fourth.

We start all over today in the pick 6 (races 6-11) as well as the $1 super high five (race 11), which also was hit yesterday.

Today the G3 Louisville 'Cap goes as the first of 2 stakes this weekend; the G3 Winning Colors, with Sassy Image returning from her upset in the G1 Humana Distaff, wraps up the 5-day race week on Monday. There are 2 scratches in the Lou 'Cap, bringing the field down to 8, with the gallant mare Keertana taking on 7 boys, including Musketier.

Santiva worked 5 furlongs in company for E.Kenneally this a.m. in preparation for the 143rd Belmont on June 11, finishing in 1:00.60. The big work comes early Monday when Ky Derby runner-up Nehro, one of the Belmont choices, has another breeze for S.Asmussen.

The rainy weather is all behind us for now . . . fast track, firm turf, a great day for racing (as opposed to all the other ones that aren't) . . . First post 12:45 ET. Here follow the early scratches and changes.

Race 1 - SCR #6 Holy Bullhive

Race 4 - SCR #6 Expo Gold

Race 10 - SCR #2 Simmard; SCR #5 Dark Cove

Race 11 - SCR #10 Clap Hands; SCR #14(ae) Alise Cee; SCR #15(ae) Proud Pick; J.Theriot rides #13 Inazuma