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SportsLine horse racing writer handicaps Saturday's Race 1 at Churchill Downs

SportsLine horse racing writer Gene Menez has analyzed Race 1 on Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs.
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Grade 1 winner Hog Creek Hustle will try to get back in the winner's circle on Saturday when he leaves the starting gate in Race 1 on Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Hog Creek Hustle is the 3-1 third choice in the five-horse field. Post time is 11 a.m. ET.

Before making any Race 1 picks, you'll want to hear what SportsLine writer Gene Menez has to say.

A former reporter and editor at Sports Illustrated, Menez covered an array of sports, including horse racing, for the magazine and its website for almost 14 years. Between 2010 and 2012, he served as SI's handicapper for the Triple Crown races and correctly predicted Super Saver to win the Kentucky Derby in 2010. In 2015, while writing for Sports on Earth, Menez accurately gave out the superfecta (American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund and Frosted), which paid $1,268.20 for $2. Then in 2017, he tweeted out his Kentucky Derby picks, including Always Dreaming to win, and hit the Pick 4, which paid almost $6,900 on a $1 bet.

Now, Menez has handicapped the field for Race 1, made his picks and formulated his bets.

We can tell you that he is fading Seven Trumpets, the 2-1 morning-line favorite. In fact, Menez doesn't have Seven Trumpets on any of his tickets.

Instead, Menez is high on a long shot who is a "mystery horse." He's including this horse in his exactas, and so should you. You NEED to see which horse it is before making any picks of your own.

So who wins Race 1 at Churchill Downs on Saturday? And how did Menez structure his wagers? ... Join SportsLine now to get Race 1 picks and exotics, all from the insider who once cashed for $6,900 on Kentucky Derby day!

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