Brandon Stauble, who is filling in today for Joe Kristufek in the paddock, is an up and coming racing analyst on the Kentucky scene. A private clocker in the mornings, his profitable “Work of the Day” selection has been featured the last two years on the Churchill Downs website and in the track program. He has also served as Joe Kristufek’s co-host on “Churchill Downs Today” and provided guest analysis from the paddock. He recently concluded an Arlington Million week stint as a reporter for the Twinspires.com video series “Turf Talk”. Brandon believes that using visuals as a supplement to paper handicapping can increase one’s level of success at the betting windows. Follow him on Twitter at @bstaubs22.
Selections subject to change due to scratches. Check program numbers for accuracy.
Printable PDF Jimmy McNerney’s picks for Sunday, Aug. 13
Sunday, August 13, 2017
#9 Golden Fire Fly – Showing steady improvement and gets stalking post.
#3 Heart Shaped Box – Inside speed and could be the one to catch.
#1 Saturday All Star – Fresh face, dam has dropped a stakes winner already.
#4 Whiskey Chick – Weight break from bug boy, 1st-time Caldwell and fresh.
Brandon’s SELECTIONS – 9-3-1-4
#3 Colonel Swinson – Saves ground and gets pace, hot connections.
#10 Primal – Has speed to overcome post, 2-turn pedigree on display.
#8 Coach Moore – Drops in class today, lone win came routing.
#9 Empire Taker – Grinding style can fill out exotic tickets.
Brandon’s SELECTIONS – 3-10-8-9
#5 Bryzzo – ½ to 2 stakes winners including Time and Motion, owners fire first-out.
#2 Ship Stalker – Cox excels with these types, like that he’s based here.
#10 Fred’stwirlincandy – Speed has options today, we know he likes it here.
#6 Bantu – Wide trip in debut, route influences on bottom side of pedigree.
Brandon’s SELECTIONS – 5-2-10-6-4-1
#4 Such a Tease – Displayed talent in the AM, barn better with second-time starters.
#2 Reprove – Dam has dropped 3 stakes-winners, high % barn.
#8 Leading Cause – Pressed a very strong pace last time, gets post with options.
#1 Yondering – Blinkers go on today, this colt looks like he’s steadily improving.
Brandon’s SELECTIONS – 4-2-8-1-5
#4 Matrooh – Should sit the trip, added distance seems like a plus.
#9 Wabel – 1st-time gelding, distance concerns but very classy.
#6 Yolo Mon – Very game and consistent, like that Hernandez shows up here.
#5 Ironclad – Better races have come over fast dirt, can hold on for a piece late.
Brandon’s SELECTIONS – 4-9-6-5
#1 Forgotten Cast – Big turf pedigree, barn can have these types ready.
#7 Strategic Ekati – Boasts strong gate drills, Lanerie enticed to ride.
#3 Nickie’s Papa – 1st –time gelding, speed to go a long way up front.
#10 Grandpa Frank – Beaten favorite on debut, improvement likely.
Brandon’s SELECTIONS – 1-7-3-10
#11 Pleuven – Tactical speed big plus, sits the perfect trip.
#9 Flatlined – Company lines stand-out, expecting better effort after time off.
#7 Flashy Chelsey – Drops from graded company, Maker figuring this one out.
#3 One Mean Man – Has post to tuck in and save ground, sneaky at big price.
Brandon’s SELECTIONS – 11-9-7-3
#12 Brooklynsway – Third start off the layoff, stalk and pounce trip likely.
#8 Tiger Moth – Makes big run late for hot Ellis connections.
#10 Pinch Hit – Improving filly could get first run on deep closers.
#9 Walkabout – Classy filly but lack of early foot could have her too far back.
Brandon’s SELECTIONS – 12-8-10-9
#3 I’veseenthisbefore – Drops in class today and gets to cut back in distance.
#2 Conquest Goinggone – Post allows him to save ground, will be near the wire late.
#4 Afleet Jay – Drop in class and drops 8 lbs from last race.
#5 Mr. Haire – Back on turf where both lifetime wins have come.
Brandon’s SELECTIONS – 3-2-4-5