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    Mike Battaglia

    Mike is Keeneland’s longtime odds maker and is recognized as being one of the best handicappers in America. In addition to his duties at Keeneland, he is a racing analyst for NBC’s Thoroughbred racing coverage.


    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    1st Race: FRAT BOY (#4) drops down for the Ramsey stable running with tougher in Florida. Trainer Mike Maker is winning at 33% this meet. WOOD MACHINE (#2) comes off an 11-length maiden win and has speed. BABY TRUMP (#1) should like this longer distance.

    2nd Race: The entry of trainer Wesley Ward’s fillies, LAXFIELD ROAD (#2) and WONDERFUL REMARK (#2B), both have bullet works and will be ready. ELONA (#4) has the advantage of a start over the track. The Eric Reed-trained entry of RED BLEND (#1) and SOMBREE (#1A) both show speed in their morning works.

    3rd Race: NOLANGRANT’SKITTEN (#9) has been running well against much classier and runaway leading rider Javier Castellano takes the call. PIKESTAR (#5) has been idle since back-to-back wins at Churchill in November. FUZZY LOGIC (#6) just missed at this same level last out.

    4th Race: FIVE ONE THREE (#1) was claimed out of last and moves inside. New trainer Tom Amoss adds blinkers and wins at 38% when he switches one to the turf to the dirt. GLOBAL SLOWDOWN (#6) should improve in this, his second start over the track. OUT OF CONTEXT (#8) drops from maiden special weight to an easier maiden claimer.

    5th Race: TASK FORCE GLORY (#1) ran second in his two turf starts here last spring and is coming off a solid run in the Grade 3 Spiral at Turfway. CONQUEST HARLANDY (#5) is a fast colt bred for the turf and will control the pace. READY STRIKE (#6) always runs hard.

    6th Race: CHAPTER AND VERSE (#2) is trained by Larry Jones and ridden by Kerwin Clark are having a great meet here and this one will prove hard to catch. DANCE CHAMPION (#6) finished second to a repeat allowance winner last out at Gulfstream. RICH ‘N’ TUCK (#8) figures to come running late.

    7th race: SABBATICAL (#7) is trained by Shug McGaughey and came off an October to April layoff to win here last spring. She is again coming off a layoff from October and calls on top rider Javier Castellano to get the score. STELLARIS (#5) came off a good second four weeks ago. CARNEVALE (#4) shows two wins going long in Europe.

    8th race: CAN’T MISS (#1) is a front runner who just missed at this same distance and level last out. MERCER MILL MAE (#3) is a Wesley Ward trainee who is dangerous off the layoff. SARAH’S SASSY CAT (#10) is trained by Tom Drury, who wins at 30% when adding Lasix.

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