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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: INFLICTION (#4) drops in for a tag after an even effort against better and rates the edge for Chuck Peery and Jesus Castanon. DREAM SOFTLY (#2) has been idle since March but is training well for her return. VICE DANCER (#7) fits with these.
2nd Race: BULLY GIRL (#12) is another runner who drops in for a tag and could be two in a row for Chuck Peery and Jesus Casatanon. MINNIE BEAR (#9) just missed last out and figures to be the main competition. IN STEP DANCER (#11) is a contender.
3rd Race: TRULY MARIE (#6) chased Eden Prairie last out and that one came back to run second in the Lexus Raven Run (G2). She has trained well over the Keeneland Polytrack and rates the edge with James Graham picking up the mount. BUSTLE (#3) will be tough to beat if she handles the Polytrack. QUIET SUCCESS (#7) has the speed to be dangerous.
4th Race: SPRING AGAIN (#5) ran well in both of her races and has been training sharply for Wesley Ward. She rates the slight edge over SKIPPING (#1) in a close call. The latter flashed good speed in her only race at Arlington Park and has also posted solid works on this track. MYTHIC (#11) debuts for trainer Wayne Catalano and has to be respected.
5th Race: INDIGO KITTEN (#7) wasn't a factor in a race won by entrymate We Miss Artie, who won the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity and is on his way to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. He can be expected to show big improvement today. FULL METAL (#4) just missed in his last race at Arlington and looks like the one to beat. CAN’THELPBELIEVING (#3) was second in a race at one of the tracks on the smaller circuit in Ireland but moves to the barn of trainer Graham Motion and has to be considered.
6th Race: HUNTING HILL (#3) ran well to finish second in her race over the Keeneland Polytrack and appears to be in a good spot to get her maiden win for Rusty Arnold with Joe Rocco Jr. back aboard. EMMABELLE (#2) was dull in her debut at Kentucky Downs but trainer Wayne Catalano has excellent numbers with his second time runners. ANNOY (#4) is one of many in here who are training sharply and has to be considered.
7th Race: GLEANING (#5) showed nothing last out at Kentucky Downs but may not have cared for that track. She has trained well since that start and gets a slight edge in a well-matched turf race. COUP (#3) hasn't raced in a year and a half but trainer Graham Motion brought one back off a similar layoff to run second here on Friday. BOLD KITTEN (#6) is a solid contender.
8th Race: DEL MAR SUNSET (#12) was an impressive maiden winner at Arlington and has been training extremely well at Keeneland. Look for him to make it two in a row with Shaun Bridgmohan aboard for trainer Wayne Catalano. SIMPLE INTEREST (#7) failed to fire in the slop at Saratoga but that was his only bad race. Look for him to show improvement in this one. BIG LUTE (#8) will be very tough to beat if he handles the Polytrack.
9th Race: SHRINKING VIOLET (#1) and TO MY VALENTINE (#1A) form a very strong entry for trainer Wesley Ward. Dylan Davis is named on both so one will probably scratch. Either half will be tough to beat today. COR COR (#7) has won four of six and is proven over all surfaces. She has been off since May but is definitely the one to catch.
10th Race: EVIL DOER (#12) is an extremely consistent runner from the barn of trainer Lance Stokes. She won when dropped in for a tag here last year and looks capable of taking another one this afternoon. SCHMOOZ TALKER (#8) drops in class after flashing speed against better and is the one to beat. PENDING ASSET (#9) could add value to the gimmicks.