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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: STRONG HUMOR (#2) can make the lead from the inside post and is capable of the gate-to-wire score in this one. JUMP FOR KITTEN (#1A) and ALL ALEX (#1) form the Ramsey entry and either one can win in here. GREY OAK (#5) is a solid contender.
2nd Race: STREETHOMEALABAMA (#6) comes off a solid race at Saratoga and trainer Ken McPeek adds Lasix this afternoon. Look for her to break her maiden with jockey Robby Albarado up. PREPARED (#5) has only had one start and figures to improve. CRACK YOUR WHIP (#3) should like the added distance.
3rd Race: GREYFELL (#6) just missed last out and it was over 11 lengths back to the third-place finisher in that one. Give him the slight edge over Coastline in a close call. COASTLINE (#3) was 13 lengths clear of the third-place finisher in his runner-up effort at Churchill Downs and is definitely the one to beat. HARBOR BOUND (#2) is a contender.
4th Race: TABLE THREE TEN (#8) came off an 11-month layoff to win in the mud at Parx. She has been training on the synthetic surface at Fair Hill so she should be able to handle the move to the Polytrack today. IRE (#7) has won 2 of 3 over the Keeneland surface. She hasn’t raced since February but trainer Al Stall Jr. is good with returning runners and Garrett Gomez picks up the mount. QUEEN’S AWARD (#2) will be running at the end.
5th Race – Woodford (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select: ANCIL (#7) isn’t as accomplished as most of his rivals today but he is in good form and seems capable of rating just off the early leaders. He is 1 for 1 on the Keeneland lawn and can win today. GREAT MILLS (#3) is a classy runner from the Steve Asmussen barn. He has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout and will be tough to catch. STORMOFTHECENTURY (#6) has shown amazing improvement in his recent wins but both were on the off turf at Parx. If he takes to the firmer going today, he is definitely capable of the win.
6th Race – Thoroughbred Club of America (G2): JUDY THE BEAUTY (#1) was no match for Groupie Doll last out but gets a seven-pound weight shift today. She could spring the upset with John Velazquez aboard for the first time. GROUPIE DOLL (#6) is a deserving champion and will probably win again, but at short odds and with the high weight she is a bit vulnerable. GYPSY ROBIN (#3) is a contender.
7th Race – First Lady (G1): DAYATTHESPA(#6) has won 8 of her 12 races and is a perfect 2 for 2 on the Keeneland lawn. She has the speed to be in good position throughout and rates the edge in a tough renewal of the First Lady (G1). HUNGRY ISLAND (#2) rarely runs a bad race and trainer Shug McGaughey figures to have her ready for another good effort this afternoon. BETTER LUCKY (#3) was beaten as the odds-on favorite at Belmont last out and fits in here.
8th Race – Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1): ARCTIC SLOPE (#10) broke his maiden last out but is one of the few runners in here with a win around two turns. He can run late in a field loaded with early speed and could spring the upset for trainer Ken McPeek and jockey Joe Rocco Jr. KENDALL’S BOY (#2) looked like a good one winning at Churchill Downs. He is bred to handle the added distance and figures to be tough to catch. GENERAL JACK (#7) won at Canterbury against a weak field but still looks dangerous in here.
9th Race – Shadwell Turf Mile (G1): WISE DAN (#10) is on a nine-race win streak and shows no signs of slowing down. He is the best turf miler in the U.S. since Lure and should win this one en route to his second straight score in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Santa Anita. WILCOX INN (#6) was second behind the champ last year and should get a solid pace in front of him again today. SILVER MAX (#9) has regained his winning form and is dangerous when left alone on the lead.
10th Race: BALLISTIC SUE (#9) looks like another live runner from the Ramsey/Maker barn. BRILLIANT AUTUMN (#5) figures to be the main competition. ON THE SAME PAGE (#4) could add value to the gimmicks.