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    The social tornado that is Downs After Dark returns tonight to Churchill Downs.

    Interested in following my handicapping system and probably losing $25.40 in the process? Copy my picks.

    Interested in picking horses because my wife and one of our horse racing writers, Margaret, likes their names? Copy hers (assume all bets are $2 to win for her).

    As with all good marriages, we're keeping score (it'll be posted tomorrow).

    Race 1
    Zach: $0.50 trifecta box on 2, 4, 9
    Margaret: Scarlett Go' Hara

    Race 2
    Z: $0.10 superfecta box on 2, 4, 6, 7
    M: Son of a General

    Race 3
    Z: $1 exacta box on 3, 4
    M: Garnet Crystals and Buckleupbuttercup

    Race 4
    Z: $1 exacta box on 1, 2
    M: Vigilante Law

    Race 5
    Z: Betting on a race for maiden fillies makes me feel dirty, so I'm sitting this one out.
    M: Grandma's Rules

    Race 6
    Z: $0.50 trifecta box on 2, 6, 7
    M: Pray for Grace

    Race 7
    Z: $0.50 trifecta box on on 1, 7, 9
    M: Jenna's Lemon (scratched)

    Race 8
    Z: $0.10 superfecta box on 1, 3, 4, 6
    M: Wine Police

    Race 9
    Z: $1 exacta box on 1, 5
    M: Fecktablous

    Race 10
    Z: $0.10 superfecta box on 4, 5, 6, 8
    M: A Diehl

    Race 11
    Z: $0.50 trifecta box on 5, 7, 8
    M: Buddha Can Dance

    Updated June 26, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    About the only bet I got right was that my wife's picks would do better than mine. I hit the superfecta in race 10 for a whopping $7.67—$5.27 after deducting the cost of the bet. I got three out of four right on an emergency pick 4 I placed late in the evening, with my pick in the other race coming in second. That bet, of course, paid $0.

    My wife started off hot—and not just because some guy at the track whistled at her. Her pick in the first race won, bringing in $9.20. While that's all it took for her picks to outperform mine, she also won in some other race, but neither of us can recall the details.

    Photo: Courtesy Churchill Downs

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    About Zach Everson

    I'm a freelance writer, focusing on travel, food, and A&E. I've contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Gawker Media's Gridskipper and Deadspin, USA Today, BlackBook, and Curbed. Previously I was a senior editor at Aol Travel and MapQuest. And, before that, director of content and editorial strategy for I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville. Washington, DC based. Boston born. Kentucky Colonel.

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