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1st Race: INTERNET SUCCESS (#1) drop in class after being claimed, which isn't a good sign but anything close to his best makes him a winner at low odds. LEROI'S THRILL (#3) likes this track and trainer John Hancock has had a very good Keeneland meet. SPANISH JUSTICE (#5) drops in class and fits in here.
2nd Race: BUY LOW SELL HIGH (#6) comes off back-to-back wins at Fair Grounds and looks like a solid bet to make it three in a row today. CANDRASA (#3) drops back in for a tag for trainer Ian Wilkes and figures to be the one to beat. DRIP BREW (#4) has the speed to be dangerous.
3rd Race: SPECIAL JO (#5) is good right now coming in off three straight wins at Oaklawn. She has the tactical speed to be in good position throughout and looks like a winner for trainer Chris Hartman with Joe Bravo picking up the mount. ICE CREAM TRUCK (#6) didn't beat much last out but looked good doing in and he will be running at the end. SLEEPWALKER (#4) rates a chance.
4th Race: SOARING NOW (#9) just missed on the turf at Gulfstream and she shouldn't mind the move back to the main track today. Her best would be good enough to beat this field. REWARDS GIRL (#8) ran well at Turfway and Julien Leparoux picks up the mount. HEAVENLY LUCKY (#1) should get a good trip from the inside post.
5th Race: MERCY ANN (#5) faded a bit in the stretch after pressing the pace in her debut. She figures to move forward off that effort and rates a slight edge in what looks like a wide-open maiden race. AUNTIE'S THE ONE (#1) also showed speed in her first try on the grass for trainer Kenny McPeek. She should get a good trip from the inside post and figures to improve. GAME FACTOR (#7) ran second in both of her races at Gulfstream and Julien Leparoux takes off the top pick to ride this one.
6th Race:HUGH B. (#7) has been running against better on the Polytrack at Turfway and broke his maiden over the Keeneland surface in October. He drops back in for a tag today and appears to be in a good spot to pick up the win for trainer Phil Sims and jockey Jack Gilligan. LIFELONG DREAMER (#3) also won here in October for leading trainer Wesley Ward. He has been training steadily for his 3-year-old debut and is the one to beat. PRIVATE TIME (#6) has won two races on the dirt and is a solid threat.
7th Race: LILLY'S DREAM (#11) has been running in claiming and starter races but has won three times and rates the slight edge for trainer Mike Maker with Julien Leparoux picking up the mount. FLOWER VALLEY (#6) has been idle since a narrow loss here last year. She has been training steadily for her return and trainer Graham Motion figures to have her ready to fire with Corey Lanerie aboard. TISBURY (#3) comes off a maiden win in Florida and has been in the money in five of her seven races for trainer Bill Mott.
8th Race: ENDURING HONOR (#7) takes the class drop and hooks a fairly weak field. His best makes him a winner with Corey Lanerie aboard for trainer Tom Amoss. FLEETWAY (#2) ran poorly as the heavy favorite last out but has the speed to be in front today and is the one to catch. SILVERDOLLARDREAMS (#4) is also trained by Amoss and is a threat.
9th Race – Bewitch (G3):ARLES (#6) has been a close second in all three of her races in the U.S. for trainer Graham Motion. She is proven at the mile and a half distance has the tactical speed to be in good position throughout. Joel Rosario is back aboard and she looks like a solid bet to win at very short odds. EARRING (#4) has been very consistent, finishing first or second in seven of her nine races in the U.S. and Ireland. She just missed at the mile and a half distance in November and is the one to beat. INCHARGEOFME (#1) has the benefit of a race over this turf course and is a contender.
10th Race: MY MAN JAX (#6) was beaten as the heavy favorite in his debut but trainer Brad Cox adds blinkers and he posted a recent bullet work at Churchill. He gets the nod in the finale. SILVER DEFENSE (#1) was third behind a repeat winner last out and he will be tough to beat. MASTER MERION (#13) is on the also-eligible list but would be the top pick if he draws in.