PLAY of the DAY” by Brian Nadeau                   
Date:  5/26/2023 
Featured Track/Race:   Churchill Downs – Race 9 
Race overview:  A solid 30k claimer routing at 1 1/16 miles on the main. 
Pace:  This almost looks like a turf race on paper, as there’s very little speed, so expect them to go slow early and sprint off the far turn. 
Trends:  With the exception of Saturday’s drying out track (which typically always play to off-the-pace types), the main track was playing to speed throughout the week. 
Best Play:  #3 COASTAL DEFENSE (2-1): Class dropper goes for a white-hot Romans barn and had a brutal trip last time as well, which all points to being mighty tough against this reduced group. 
Bet Types:    Aggressive WP bet and single to end late Pk5/Pk4 as well. 
Meet/POD Stats:  CD Meet: 122-18-19-12 ($1.47/$4.32 ROI through 5/21) 

CD POD: 12-2-3-0 ($1.77/$4.73 ROI through 5/21)