Horse racing continues to take place daily during the coronavirus pandemic, and on Sunday the Chad Brown-trained Royal Flag will try to show she's a stakes-caliber filly when she leaves the starting gate in an allowance race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. This 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride has two wins and one third in three career starts. She has won her last two starts by a combined 17 lengths and has been installed as the 6-5 morning-line favorite in Race 9, a 1 1/16-mile dirt race that drew 10 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 7 at 4:08 p.m. ET. National handicapping champion Jonathon Kinchen has handicapped 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 best bets and predictions before building any late Pick 4 tickets at Churchill Downs for Sunday, May 31.
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 Wednesday 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 Sunday, May 31, made his picks and constructed his tickets. Head to SportsLine to see his best bets.
Top Churchill Downs Pick 4 predictions for May 31
Kinchen is high on Royal Flag, the 6-5 favorite in Race 9, the third leg in the Pick 4. A homebred by owner Will Farish, she is trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano. She lost her career debut in September, but has won both of her last two races by a combined 17 lengths.
Kinchen believes Royal Flag is a stakes-caliber filly. "This Chad Brown trainee is the real deal," Kinchen tells SportsLine.
Kinchen also is high on Cold Smoke, a 7-2 shot in Race 7. This 3-year-old son of Tapiture has one win and three seconds in six career starts. He is coming off a 5.5-length win on April 16.
That race was his first for trainer Robertino Diodoro, who has won with three of seven starters at the Churchill meet. "His pace figures last time were fast, and I love his outside draw," Kinchen added.
How to make Churchill Downs picks for May 31
In addition, Kinchen is high on a double-digit long shot on Sunday. Kinchen tells SportsLine that this horse ran well two starts ago "despite a wide trip" and could spice up the Pick 4. He's sharing his Pick 4 grid only at SportsLine.
How has Kinchen structured his Pick 4 ticket for Sunday? And which long shot can win at a big price? Visit SportsLine to see Kinchen's selections for the late Pick 4 at Churchill Downs on Sunday, and find out.