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1st Race: GOLDEN ANNIE (#2) didn't show much in her debut but should be able to handle the move to the Polytrack and the added distance. Trainer Eddie Kenneally has good numbers with his second-time starters and this one rates the slight edge. SUITS MY FANCY (#1) comes off a couple of solid efforts and is the one to beat with trainer Ken McPeek adding Lasix for the first time. SILVER SUNDAY (#8) is a contender.
2nd Race: DREAMING BLUE (#5) was stuck behind a wall of horses last out in the Cliff Guilliams Handicap at Ellis Park and was probably the best horse in that one. A clean trip will make him tough to beat today. KEY TO POWER (#2) has won four of eight since moving to the turf. He can't be left out of the gimmicks. OL ARMY (#6) has the speed to be in front and could be hard to catch in a wide-open race.
3rd Race: SISTER GENEVRA (#3) should be able to make the lead in a race with no real early speed. She could spring the upset with Corey Lanerie picking up the mount. ALLURE (#6) is definitely the one to beat but has never tried the Polytrack and could be a vulnerable favorite. GLORIANA (#5) fits in here.
4th Race: TRULY AMAZING (#9) looked sharp winning here on opening day. The 8-year-old veteran moves up in class off that score but is capable of the repeat for trainer Joe Cheeks and jockey Harry Vega. EDDIE SET GO (#6) didn't show much last out but ran well against starter allowance runners prior to that start. He owns a win over the Keeneland strip and has to be considered. BIKER BOY (#10) is another 8-year-old with 12 career wins. He has never raced on Polytrack but will be tough if he handles the switch.
5th Race: GO KITTEN GO (#2) drops in class for Ramsey/Ward and hooks a fairly weak bunch. Give her the edge with John Velazquez picking up the mount. WEEKEND WISH (#3) looks like the main competition. GINNY'S GREY (#7) rates a chance.
6th Race: RUSLANA (#6) ran well to finish second in her debut but faded after setting a fast pace last out. A return to her best form would make her a winner in this one. ME COMMANCHE (#7) has been idle since a solid debut at Churchill Downs in May. He has been training steadily for his return and has to be considered. VICAR'S IN TROUBLE (#2) is a first-timer from the Mike Maker barn who is a contender.
7th Race: PAVLA (#5) is one of five horses in here who finished four lengths apart in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes. She didn't have the smoothest of trips and looks like a live longshot with Rosie Napravnik aboard. SEA ISLAND (#8) has only had two starts on the grass but ran well here in April and will be tough to beat. LILY THE PINK (#6) is a definite threat.
8th Race: SNEAKY BLOWOUT (#12) appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden win for trainer Mike Maker and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan this afternoon. FIGHT THE TIDE (#11) woke up last out and looks like the main competition. ALSHUJAA (#8) has only had one race and should improve.
9th Race – Buffalo Trace Franklin County -- SILVERETTE (#7) is an ultra-consistent runner from the Dale Romans barn who is undefeated in two starts since moving to the turf. She has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout and looks like a winner with Robby Albarado back aboard. SWEEET CASSIOPEIA (#2) is another one who rarely runs a bad race no matter what the surface. She will be rallying at the end and is always tough to beat. DENE COURT (#10) has only had one race this year and could add value to the gimmicks.
10th Race: TREND SETTER (#9) drops in class for trainer Wayne Catalano and his best would be good enough to win this one. SMILE DADDY (#8) ran well here last year and is the one to beat. WARRIOR’S IMAGE (#10) has only had one start and figures to show early speed.