06/09/2011 8:01AM

Churchill Downs: Thurs. scratches, etc.

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While everyone here at Churchill Downs is very much looking forward to watching the 143rd Belmont Stakes on Saturday, we start with what figures to be a rather ordinary 4-day week of racing here Thursday amid what are still unseasonably hot temps (mid-90s), although the weathermen have been saying rain might cool things down a bit.  A 9-race card is set for today, with a tiny 4-figure carryover in the $2 pick six (races 4-9) and nada in the $1 super high five (race 9).

Tomorrow marks the last of the twilight Fridays (post, 2:45 ET), and then they'll end the meet with 3 straight Friday nights (6 ET, June 17, June 24, July 1). The feature tomorrow evening marks the return of multi-G1 winner Gen. Quarters versus a couple of tough foes (Native Ruler, Wise Dan). That 7-panel alw. goes at 6:54.

The live Saturday feature to precede the Belmont (post 6:35) is the G3, $100k Mint Julep (5:25), and it drew a terrific field, with G1 winner Check the Label, BC winner Tapitsfly, and the very consistent Snow Top Mtn. among the 11 f-m turfers.

Today we've got a fast track, firm turf, and a 12:45 ET first post. Here follow the early changes pasted in from the CD website.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - Day 23 of 39 (Updated 7:30 a.m.)

TRACK: FAST

TURF: FIRM (Lane 2, 15' off the hedge)

POST TIME: 12:45 p.m. (all times ET)

RACE 1 (12:45 p.m.) - 50-cent Pick 4 on races 1-4

NO CHANGES

RACE 2 (1:17 p.m.)

NO CHANGES

RACE 3 (1:49 p.m.)

NO CHANGES

RACE 4 (2:21 p.m.) - $2 minimum Pick 6 on races 4-9 (2-day carryover $7,524)

NO CHANGES

RACE 5 (2:53 p.m.) - $50-cent minimum Pick 5 on races 5-9

NO CHANGES

RACE 6 (3:26 p.m.) - 50-cent Pick 4 on races 6-9

SCRATCH #2 Freddie One Bite

RACE 7 (3:57 p.m.)

NO CHANGES

RACE 8 (4:29 p.m.)

SCRATCH #1 Songofthecity

SCRATCH #10 D D's Kidding

RACE 9 (4:59 p.m.) - $1 minimum Super Hi-5 (no carryover)

NO CHANGES