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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, October 22, 2014

    1st Race: ANIAR (#8) had some trouble in his comeback race on the Arlington turf. He needed that race and will like the move back to the dirt today. Give him the slight edge in the opener. PARKER ROAD (#2) closed well after breaking poorly in his second career start and is a candidate to improve. AGGRANDIZEMENT (#6) is a definite threat in a well-matched race.

    2nd Race: THREE D (#4) faded a bit after setting a fast pace last out at Indiana Downs. She stretches out a bit today but should get softer fractions and Julien Leparoux picks up the mount. KID ROLLINS (#2) comes in off of a win at Los Alamitos and fits with these. SLUICEWAY (#5) beat the top pick last out and has to be considered.

    3rd Race: CURLINO (#1) was well backed at the windows for his Churchill debut but didn’t fire and finished third. He has been training well since and should like today's longer distance. SHARM (#5) was a distant third in the Grade 1Hopeful and never in contention last out in the Grade1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity. He will be tough as he faces maidens again today. REVELATION (#4) is a contender.

    4th Race: CHEROKEE BEADS (#8) exits a key race at Kentucky Downs where the winner came back to win the Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View. She has trained forwardly over the Keeneland track and is in much easier today. SCORPION ALY (#7) has been running well on the Arlington grass and looks like the one to beat. SENECA DESTINY (#1) is a contender.

    5th Race: JACK TRIPP (#5) showed big improvement in his second race when moved to the dirt. Trainer Dale Romans figures to have him ready to win this one with Corey Lanerie back aboard. OAK BROOK (#6) is a full brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Giant Oak. He gets blinkers and moves to the dirt today. FAIR ADVANTAGE (#2) could add value to the gimmicks.

    6th Race: ONE GO ALL GO (#5) ran well in both of his races on the Arlington Polytrack moves to the barn of trainer Bill Mott for this one. He posted a solid work on the Keeneland main track on Saturday and should like the move to the dirt. IT’LL BE FINE (#2) just missed in a race here on opening day and a repeat of that one makes him the one to beat. A DAY IN PARADISE (#3) comes off a game maiden score.

    7th Race: FREE WORLD (#8) ran a huge race on the Churchill turf in September and has the speed to be on or near the lead today. Trainer Tom Amoss is having an atypical off meet but figures to have this one ready to roll with Robby Albarado picking up the mount. EDGE OF REALITY (#11) is from the hot barn of trainer Graham Motion. He comes off a game score and has to be considered. HAMMERS TERROR (#4) is training well and fits with these.

    8th Race: KNOW YOU HOW (#9) was claimed last out and rates the slight edge for the husband/wife team of trainer Joe Sharp and jockey Rosie Napravnik. BARLEY TWIST (#7) woke up last out and figures to be the one to beat. OSTENTATIOUS ME (#8) drops in class.

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