One of the top 2-year-olds in the country last year, the Grade 1-winning Maxfield makes his long-awaited 2020 debut when he leaves the starting gate in the 2020 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Trained by Brendan Walsh, Maxfield last raced on Oct. 5, winning the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland in impressive fashion. Ankle surgery has kept the son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense on the sidelines since then. Despite the long layoff, Maxfield has been installed as the 5-2 favorite in the 2020 Matt Winn odds.
The Steve Asmussen-trained Pneumatic and the Dale Romans-trained Attachment Rate are the co-second choices in the Matt Winn field, at 4-1. The winner of Saturday's race will receive 50 qualifying points toward the 2020 Kentucky Derby, virtually assuring himself a spot in the starting gate in the Run for the Roses, now set for Sept. 5. Post time for the Matt Winn Stakes is 5:44 p.m. ET. With the race featuring a large and accomplished field of 12, see the horse racing predictions and best bets from handicapping champion Jonathon Kinchen has to say before making any 2020 Matt Winn Stakes picks.
Kinchen is one of the nation's most successful and recognizable horseplayers. An analyst for Fox Sports' America's Day at the Races and co-host of the In the Money Players' Podcast, Kinchen won the National Horseplayers Championship Tour in 2015, a demanding, yearlong series of handicapping events across the country. That same year, he became the only player in history to have both of his entries qualify for the final table of the National Horseplayers Championship.
In addition, Kinchen has scored huge on some of racing's biggest days. At the 2015 Kentucky Derby, he cashed for $150,000 after nailing a Pick 6 and a cold Pick 3 that paid $50,000.
He's currently riding a hot streak on his horse racing picks for SportsLine. In the Fountain of Youth Stakes in February, Kinchen nailed an $80 win bet on Ete Indien that paid a healthy $344. In the Beholder Mile in March, he gave out a $50 exacta that paid $550. In the Apple Blossom Handicap, he nailed a $25 win bet on Ce Ce, which paid $245. On April 11, he crushed the Oaklawn Stakes, giving out a $5 exacta that paid a mammoth $1,338. He also hit the Pick 4 at tracks around the country a whopping five times last month. Anyone who has followed him is up big.
Now, Kinchen has handicapped the 2020 Matt Winn Stakes, made his picks and formulated his bets. He's only sharing them here.
2020 Matt Winn Stakes predictions
Kinchen is completing fading Shake Some Action, the sixth choice in the Matt Winn odds at 12-1. This 3-year-old son of Into Mischief has two wins in four career starts. He is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Louisiana Derby on March 21.
But Shake Some Action likes to rally from off the pace and would benefit from a hot early pace. However Saturday's race is not shaping up to have a lot of early speed. Kinchen doesn't have Shake Some Action among his top five picks and will not have the horse on any of his tickets.
Kinchen is high on Major Fed at 5-1. This son of Ghostzapper has one win, one second and one third in four career starts. He is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Louisiana Derby.
In that race, Major Fed rallied from 14th and last despite a slower pace up front. "Major Fed ran a big race coming from way out of it," Kinchen told SportsLine. "I think he will be running late."
How to make 2020 Matt Winn Stakes picks
Kinchen is also high on a double-digit long shot who ran a "sneaky good" race in his last start. You can see who it is, as well as his entire leaderboard, here.
Which horse wins the Matt Winn Stakes 2020? And which double-digit long shot is set to surprise? Check out the latest Matt Winn Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Kinchen's picks, and find out.
2020 Matt Winn Stakes odds
Attachment Rate (4-1)
Major Fed (5-1)
Ny Traffic (10-1)
Shake Some Action (12-1)
Mystic Guide (15-1)
Necker Island (15-1)
Celtic Striker (20-1)
Crypto Cash (20-1)
Flap Jack (20-1)