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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.
1st Race: ERZULIE DANTOR (#5) came up short in her first race back after a three-month layoff. She posted a near bullet work since that start and can be expected to improve today. HOPE'S ROSE (#1) set the pace in her debut at Churchill Downs before faltering late. She should move forward and is the one to beat. ALEX'S GOLD (#10) is a contender.
2nd Race:BROTHER BIRD (#5) needed his last race after a nine-month layoff. He has had four works since that start and trainer Mike Maker should have him ready to win today. HORNED FROG (#2) is also trained by Maker and looks like the one to beat. JUMP JUMP (#1) was claimed by trainer Tom Amoss last out and has to be respected.
3rd Race:KITCHEN POLICE (#1) is a 2-year-old first-time starter from the barn of trainer Wesley Ward, who excels with his debuting runners. He has been training steadily and appears to have caught a fairly weak field. FORFEIT (#4) is another first-timer who has had some decent works. GUMPER (#2) is a contender.
4th Race: CHINCHERO (#2) moves up in class after winning here on opening day. She looked good in that one and seems capable of making it two in a row despite the class hike. REGAL JOANNE (#3) didn't fire on the Kentucky Downs turf but looks like the one to beat. FORGET THAT GAL (#9) is a definite threat.
5th Race:BABY TITAN (#6) was a $200,000 purchase in March and debuts for Todd Pletcher, whose horses are running very well over the Polytrack this meet. He is working well and rates the edge in a tough maiden race. BRO RODRIGEAUX (#2) was fourth behind Honor Code, who came back to win the Foxwoods Champagne (G1). He is in the capable hands of trainer Wayne Lukas and is the one to beat. NIGHT LEAGUE (#3) has only had one race and should improve.
6th Race:LONG STATION (#8) just missed last out at Churchill and if he handles the move to the Polytrack will be tough to beat in a wide-open maiden race. VALDINA'S WILL (#6) was second in his debut and is a candidate to improve. RUMBLEFORTHEROSES (#1) makes his second start for trainer Todd Pletcher and is a definite threat.
7th Race:SERUNI (#2) has been idle since a third-place finish behind Wise Dan in the Firecracker (G2) in late June but is training sharply for his return. He just missed in his only start over the Keeneland turf and gets the nod with jockey Corey Lanerie back aboard for trainer Phil Oliver. TREND (#4) comes in off three straight narrow defeats. He is always tough and can't be left out of the gimmicks. TURALLURE (#5) hasn't been able to come back to his best form but has to be respected.
8th Race:LIBERATED (#6) has been in the money in 8 of her 9 races. She has run well over the Keeneland Polytrack and appears to be in a good spot to get her second career win. SPRING REASON (#4) is another consistent runner and figures to be hard to beat. QUALITY KITTEN (#3) won her debut at Kentucky Downs and has trained well on the Polytrack.
9th Race – Pin Oak Valley View (G3):SUMMER OF FUN (#3) is in top form right now. She comes off a solid effort in the Garden City (G1), where she was beaten less than 2 lengths and a repeat of that effort would be good enough to win. NELLIE CASHMAN (#1) has flourished since moving to the turf and is the one to beat. OVERHEARD (#8) has been in the money in all 9 of her races and is a solid contender.
10th Race:GLAMOUR GALORE (#7) moves up a notch in class after an easy win at Presque Isle Downs. She figures to make it 2 in a row with Pablo Morales back aboard for trainer Linda Rice. DEVIOUS SISTER (#8) drops in class and ran well over this track in her debut last year. ISSHEIT (#12) has the speed to be dangerous.