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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.

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    1st Race: SEA COVE (#2) drops in for a tag and hooks a fairly weak field. Give her the edge in the opener. GIFT OF SENSE (#1) has good speed and the inside post. She is the one to catch. STEPH GOT EVEN (#4) gets blinkers and also takes the class drop.

    2nd Race: OAKS (#3) broke her maiden at Churchill in November and had to need her last race at Oaklawn. She is lightly raced and should move forward off that start. THE CONCEPTION (#1) has just one win in 19 starts but drops in for a tag and could be tough to catch. DELILAHJANE (#2) will be running at the end.

    3rd Race: AGGRANDIZEMENT (#4) didn't like the turf at Gulfstream but ran well over the Keeneland strip in October and can win this one with his best performance. GLOBAL SLOWDOWN (#3) is back in for a tag and is the one to beat. ALL THAT BRASS (#5) ran a decent race in his first start back after a 14-month layoff and is a contender.

    4th Race: TAPKEE (#4) has been a beaten favorite in his last two races but still rates the edge with Javier Castellano back aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher. GRAND SKY (#8) has been idle since November but hooked tougher company in California and is the one to beat. BIG BEN (#2) is a solid contender.

    5th Race: GNARLY HARLY (#4) ran well in his first start after being claimed by trainer Wesley Ward and appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden win today. MALIBU PARK (#7) comes off three runner-up efforts at Fair Grounds and trainer Larry Jones' horses have been running well so far this meet. SYLVAN WALK (#3) debuts for trainer Shug McGaughey and has to be respected.

    6th Race: DANCING HOUSE (#1) has been running well on the turf but shouldn't mind the move back to the dirt today. Anything close to her best would make her a winner for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and jockey Joel Rosario. MILAM (#5) has been away since September but is a graded stakes-placed runner who has been training steadily for Eddie Kenneally. KEEP CROSSING (#3) rates a chance.

    7th Race: PERFECT FLUTE (#4) showed huge improvement winning her turf debut for trainer Bill Mott. She has trained steadily since that race and gets the nod in what looks like a wide-open allowance race. ITSONLYACTINGDAD (#6) also looked sharp in her maiden score and figures to be a solid contender. AYAADY (#13) is a definite win candidate if she draws in.

    8th Race: TO BE DETERMINED (#3) has been off since running fourth in a stakes race at Kentucky Downs in September. She is training well for Wesley Ward and should be ready to win as she drops back into a maiden race. SOCIAL ASSASSIN (#6) posted a bullet work at Churchill on Monday and figures to be tough to beat. GAMBLERS ROSE (#5) has been in the money in 5 of her 6 races and is a definite threat.

    9th Race: Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) -- SUMMER FRONT (#3) exits sharp performances in four straight Grade 1 races and appears to be in a good spot to get his first Grade 1 win today. He has the tactical speed to lay just off the pace and his best would make him a winner with Victory Espinoza in for the mount. LONG ON VALUE (#2) has never been better and comes in off a career-best performance in the Canadian Turf at Gulfstream. He faces tougher this afternoon but is capable of another solid performance. JACK MILTON (#7) and ZA APPROVAL (#6) are both graded stakes winners who have to be respected.

    10th Race: NORTHERN BOREALIS (#9) drops in for a tag for trainer Tom Drury and he looks like a good bet to handle this field. GALLOPING DOMINO (#5) won over this track in October and will be running at the end. MISSING SEFA (#7) is a 13-year-old veteran with 107 career starts,  It's amazing that she is still running well and can't be left out of the gimmicks.




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