Horse racing continues to take place daily during the coronavirus pandemic, and on Saturday the Al Stall-trained Tom's d'Etat will try to continue his rise as one of the top older hoses in the country when he leaves the starting gate in the 2020 Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. This 7-year-old son of Smart Strike has 10 wins in 17 career starts. He has won three straight races and four of his last five and has been installed as the even-money morning-line favorite in the Stephen Foster, a 1⅛-mile race that drew eight entrants.
The race is the third leg of the late Pick 4, which requires a bettor to pick the winner in four consecutive races. The Pick 4 begins with Race 8 at 4:43 p.m. ET and ends with Race 11. National handicapping champion Jonathon Kinchen has evaluated each of the four races in the late Pick 4, and, with the sequence featuring competitive fields, you'll want to see his horse racing predictions and best bets before building any late Pick 4 tickets at Churchill Downs for Saturday, June 27.
Kinchen is one of the nation's most successful and recognizable horseplayers. An analyst for Fox Sports' "Saturday at the Races," 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 $300 Pick 3 that paid $50,000. He also hit a Pick 4 for $84,000 on Belmont Stakes day in 2010, one of several five-figure days he has had at the track.
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. On April 11, he crushed the Oaklawn Stakes, giving out a $5 exacta that paid a whopping $1,338. On May 27 he hit a $1.50 Pick 4 at Tampa Bay Downs that paid $1,227. He also hit the Pick 4 at tracks around the country a whopping five times in April. Anyone who has followed him is up big.
Now, Kinchen has handicapped the late Pick 4 at Churchill Downs for Saturday, June 27, made his picks and constructed his tickets. Head to SportsLine to see his best bets.
Top Churchill Downs Pick 4 predictions for June 27
Kinchen is high on Cazadero, the 8-5 favorite in the Bashford Manor Stakes, the opening leg of the Pick 4. This 2-year-old son of Street Sense is trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr. Cazadero won his career debut, in a maiden special on May 29.
In that race he led from the start and won by almost nine lengths. "Cazadero ran extremely well in his career debut and is a standout in this field on speed figures," Kinchen tells SportsLine.
Kinchen also is high on By My Standards, the 5-2 second choice in the Stephen Foster Stakes. This 4-year-old son of Goldencents has five wins in nine career starts. He has won five of his last six starts, including all three this year.
His last two starts have come in Grade 2 stakes. "By My Standards was visually impressive both in the New Orleans Classic Stakes and the Oaklawn Handicap," Kinchen said.
How to make Churchill Downs picks for June 27
In addition Kinchen loves a double-digit long shot on Saturday. Kinchen tells SportsLine that this horse has been "closing into slow paces at shorter distances" and could light up the toteboard and spice up the Pick 4. He's sharing his Pick 4 grid only at SportsLine.
How has Kinchen structured his Pick 4 ticket for Saturday? And which double-digit long shot can win at a big price? Visit SportsLine to see Kinchen's selections for the late Pick 4 at Churchill Downs on Saturday, and find out.