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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: BELIEF SYSTEM (#5) just missed in a tough race at Churchill last out. He posted a solid work since that start and should win this one if he takes to the Polytrack. EXPLORING (#3) prefers more distance but will be running at the end and is the one to beat. BAFFOONEERY (#2) fits with these.
2nd Race: SPORTING GENT (#1) has shown big improvement since switching to the Polytrack at Arlington. He hasn't raced since August but is training sharply and rates the edge in here. RUNAWAY PEPPER (#2) has never raced on the synthetic but hasn't finished worse than third in his last 12 races and figures to be tough to beat. ELUSIVE VIDAR (#3) could wake up with Robby lbarado picking up the mount.
3rd Race:LOTTA LOVIN (#5) hasn't finished in the money in three starts at Keeneland but has faced graded stakes runners in those races. She has an excellent overall record on the Polytrack and rates the slight edge over Nashindy in a close call. NASHINDY (#6) had her unbeaten streak broken on the Kentucky Downs turf but is back on the Polytrack and is training sharply for this one. CATHY'S CRUTCHES (#7) is a contender.
4th Race: HOLIDAY BROAD (#6) was claimed from Ramseys/Maker here in April but was claimed back from her last start at Kentucky Downs. She owns a win over the Keeneland Polytrack and trainer Maker should have her ready to win again today. SILVER ARCH (#3) looks like a contender at nice odds. RATTLIN GYPSY (#8) is a seasoned runner who is always dangerous.
5th Race: BRANDYS SECRET (#9) has won 13 of her last 20 races and is a perfect 2 for 2 at Keeneland. She looks like a solid bet to add win to the Ramseys/Maker tally. RUSTICANA (#10) comes in off a sharp win and should get a good trip from the outside post. JAMRAA (#8) will be running late.
6th Race: SPRING FORMAL (#4) will be running late in a race loaded with early speed. She has faced mostly claiming company but has won 3 races on the grass and is capable of winning this one with Eddie Castro picking up the mount. GATOR ZONE (#8) should be right behind the early leaders and is the one to beat. TOTO COR (#7) is one of the speed runners but will benefit from her outside draw.
7th Race: LEMON DE ORO (#11) faded badly after pressing the pace last out at Belmont. She may have bled in that one as trainer Graham Motion adds Lasix today. She had a bullet work over the Keeneland surface and rates a slight edge in what looks like a wide-open maiden race. LELANDA (#3) ran evenly in her only start in Delaware and galloped out strongly in that one. Look for her to improve. EASY CHAIR (#12) debuts for trainer Todd Pletcher with Mike Smith named to ride.
8th Race: ONE GOLDEN ROAD (#4) just missed last out despite a rough trip. He is bred to handle the added distance and rates the slight edge. GLOBAL EXPRESS (#8) is proven at the mile and a half and figures to be the one to beat. RELIGIOUS ED (#5) has run mostly in cheap claiming races but is bred to love the turf and distance.
9th Race – Lexus Raven Run (G2): CIAO BELLA LUNA (#9) has been off since June but has been training very well for her return. She won the Beaumont (G2) over this track in April and her best would make her tough to beat. SILSITA (#4) has been running well on the turf at Saratoga and won the Bourbonette (G3) at Turfway in her only start on Polytrack. She figures to be a solid contender. MY OPTION (#10) has been in the money in all 8 of her races and can't be left out of the gimmicks.
10th Race: MARCH REWARD (#14) is on the also-eligible list but would be the top pick if he draws in. MUTASAAWY (#9) ran well to finish third in his first race back after a year layoff. He gets Lasix today and should move forward off that start. COSMIC KARMA (#6) is a contender.