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Longshot Look Presented By Kentucky Downs: Finding Value On Thursday’s Opening Card

Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky.

The Fanduel Meet at Kentucky Downs kicks off Thursday, Sept. 1., featuring some of the nation's largest purses and field sizes, and one of the most attractive wagering menus on the racing calendar. The Paulick Report is back with another season of Longshot Look to help you get the most out of one of North America's premier turf meets.

For each card of the seven-day meet, J.D. Fox will single out a price play with his reasoning for what makes the horse worth a look when they might go overlooked.

On Thursday's opening day card, Fox has his eye on a runner in Race 5, a 6 1/2-furlong allowance optional claiming race. J.D.'s pick returns to Kentucky Downs after a solid effort at the track in 2021, and at morning line odds of 12-1, his pick could reward backers nicely with a slight improvement in form.

In the event of inclement weather around Franklin, Ky., we've introduced J.D.'s “Scratch Saver” pick to increase the chances of the host helping you find a winner, whether they're a longshot or not.

Thursday's Scratch Saver comes in Race 9, the 1 mile and 70 yard Tapit Stakes. #3 Like the King hasn't won since last year's Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park, and fans might recognize him from the field of the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Like the King has been close in the past, and the only speed in Thursday's field has drawn inside. He should be close to the lead, and could get back on the winning track, and at 15-1 on the morning line, he could be another strong price play.

Kentucky Downs' 2022 meet takes place Sept. 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, and 14. First post each day is at 12:25 p.m. Central, except for the Saturday, Sept. 10 card, which features a special start time of 11:30 a.m. Central.

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