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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: A BETTER TOMORROW (#1) drops in class for Ramsey/Maker and figures to be hard to beat at this level. BARRY SHORTPANTS (#3) needed his last two races and should be ready for a better performance today. CONSERVE (#12) fits in here.
2nd Race: QUE POSSE (#5) was checked and shuffled back to last in his previous race at Arlington. Throw that one out and he gets the edge in a well-matched field. CORONET OF A BARON (#6) has been running well and can't be left out of the gimmicks. TAPROOT (#1) is a contender.
3rd Race: BILL OF RIGHTS (#4) didn't take to the slop last out at Saratoga but was claimed by trainer Mike Maker and has trained well since that start. A return to his best would make him tough to handle with Rosie Napravnik picking up the mount. GREEN SECRET (#1) has won 20 career races and should get a good trip from the inside post. CROWN'S PATH (#2) is a definite threat.
4th Race: TOMEI (#10) made a decent middle move last out at Calder but flattened out in the stretch. She figures to rebound today and a clear trip should make her the winner. IN TALL COTTON (#4) comes off a solid maiden score and figures to be dangerous. VALERIE VICTORIA (#2) is a threat.
5th Race: CORONETTE (#2) ran well against a tough field in her debut. She was a beaten favorite at Delaware Park but has posted a recent bullet work over this track and rates the slight edge in a wide-open maiden race. DADDY’S MEMORY (#9) ran well in her debut and is bred to handle the move to the turf. AMELIATHEAVIATOR (#6) fits with these.
6th Race: JUMP FOR KITTEN (#9) pressed a fast pace in a race won by his entrymate on opening day. He figures to be on or near the lead throughout and rates the edge with apprentice Dylan Davis picking up the mount. CONSPIRACY (#2) drops in class and is the one to beat at this level. INDYGO PRINCE (#6) rates a chance.
7th Race: DOC ALMON (#10) has been idle since February but is training sharply for his return. Trainer Bret Calhoun has very good numbers with returning runners and this one could spring the mild upset today. CUMMINGS ROAD (#6) is lightly raced and eligible to improve. He figures to be a solid contender. DYNAMICAL (#5) is a definite threat in another wide-open race.
8th Race: SPUN SILKY (#11) has been running well on the grass and shouldn't mind the move back to the Polytrack. She figures to be rallying from just off the pace and her best makes her a winner in here. ANUSARA (#1) finished right behind the top pick last out and figures to be the main competition again today. MIFFED (#7) is training well over this surface.
9th Race: CANDY CRUSH (#9) ran a game race in her debut and just missed in that one. She should move forward today and appears to be in a good spot to get her maiden win for trainer Vicky Oliver and jockey Jon Court. CLEO'S KREWE (#6) looks like the one to beat. CELLO (#3) is a D. Wayne Lukas runner who has the speed to be dangerous.