Let our experts help you handicap the day's races at Keeneland.
Please note that selections typically are available about 48 hours in advance of the race.
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: KENTUCKY DANCER (#2) stopped badly in both of her races but drops in for a tag today. She should be on or near the lead and rates the slight edge over Brown Eyed Lady in a close call. BROWN EYED LADY (#4) just missed last out and was in front a few strides past the line. A better start will make her hard to beat. EVER ARCH (#6) is a first-timer trained by Mike Tomlinson, who has excellent numbers with his debuting runners.
2nd Race: ARTSY (#2) was overmatched in a tough allowance race at Ellis but drops back in for a tag and won impressively here in April. Anything close to her best would be good enough to win this one. EILEEN EVELYN (#1) comes off back-to-back wins at Indiana Downs and looks like the main competition. LOVE BULLET (#7) is a contender.
3rd Race: ADOPT A KITTEN (#1) drops in for a tag after hooking better at Saratoga and Kentucky Downs. The move to the dirt is a concern but if she handles the footing she should win this one with Julien Leparoux picking up the mount for trainer Wesley Ward. COLD DISH (#5) also takes the class drop and trainer Kenny McPeek adds blinkers. She figures to improve and is a solid threat. NATIVE INDY (#3) rates a chance.
4th Race: THIRTEEN ARROWS (#3) came back-to-win after an 11-month layoff then faded badly when chasing Breeders’ Cup-bound Stonetastic last out. She looks like the controlling speed in here and appears to be capable of the wire-to-wire win. THANK YOU MARYLOU (#4) is the definite class in here. She was third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) last year and had to need her last race at Kentucky Downs after a four-month layoff. She will be running late and will be tough to beat. V C F PROUD MARY (#6) moves to the barn of trainer Eddie Kenneally and is training well for her return.
5th Race: NANCY DOLL (#2) is a lightly raced 3-year-old who ran evenly in a couple of races on the Arlington turf. She posted a recent bullet work on the Hawthorne dirt and drops in for a tag for the first time. Give her the edge in here. MY DUCHESS KATE (#6) is also taking the class drop for Neil Howard and should run well at this level. LA MAJESTIQUE (#1) prefers the turf but definitely fits in here.
6th Race: METAL MAGIC (#9) has been a beaten favorite in all three of her races but appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden score with Corey Lanerie back aboard for trainer Eddie Kenneally. MISSLE BOMB (#7) was overmatched in the Iroquois (G3) but is back in against maidens this afternoon and figures to be the main competition. WAR STROLL (#3) ran well in his only start and is a contender.
7th Race: CATRON (#2) lost all chance last out when he was slammed leaving the gate. He closed very strongly and was beaten just over two lengths in a very good effort. Look for big improvement today and give him the edge in an extremely tough allowance race. NECK ‘N NECK (#5) is a classy veteran who is approaching the $1 million mark in career earnings. He broke a long losing streak last out will be running at the end as he cuts back to the one-mile distance. STREET STRATEGY (#4) looked very sharp winning at Churchill this summer and a repeat of that one makes him a definite threat.
8th Race: MISS COBBLESTONE (#3) was fourth behind a repeat winner at Saratoga and ran looked very sharp in her maiden win back in June at Churchill. She looks like a good bet to pick up her second career victory today. SWEPT UP (#6) has been idle since a dead last finish at Ellis. She moves to the barn of trainer Charlie LoPresti and has been training steadily for her return. ENOREE (#5) will be tough if she handle the move to the dirt.
9th Race – Buffalo Trace Franklin County -- LADY SHIPMAN (#4) is a perfect 7 for 7 in turf sprints of 5½ furlongs or less and she has been winning by daylight margins. She will be on or near the lead throughout and looks like a solid bet to win again with Eduardo Nunez aboard for trainer Kathleen O'Connell. AGELESS (#5) is a veteran runner who has been in the money in 18 of her 21 races. She will be flying late and can't be left out of the gimmicks. SHRINKING VIOLET (#9) is a solid contender with her best performance.
10th Race: MAKE THE SUN SHINE (#9) has been second in four of her five races and should get her maiden win for the red-hot Mark Casse barn. CHARIS (#6) moves back to the dirt for this one and is the one to beat. CLEARTAP (#4) has been idle since March but has to be respected.