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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.


    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    1st Race: TRAWEE (#12) drops in class and shouldn't mind the move back to the dirt. Her best would make her a winner against this bunch. THREAD BARE (#7) was second at this level at Ellis Park and is the one to beat. GOOD CATHOLIC GIRL (#3) rates a chance.

    2nd Race: COLONEL JANE (#7) comes off a front-running score at Churchill and is capable of making it two in a row for trainer Eddie Kenneally and jockey Julien Leparoux. DASH TO THE FLASH (#1) comes off a last-place finish at Saratoga but was claimed from that one and has been training sharply at Churchill. ELECTRIC TEMPTRESS (#3) has bad gate habits but if she breaks well she can win.

    3rd Race: GETTEM UP GIRL (#9) threw in a clunker in the slop at Indiana Downs last out but has won seven races this year and a return to her best would make her a winner again today. REINVESTED (#7) has been running on the Polytrack at Arlington but won't mind the move back to the dirt where she won two races last year. FRANKS OFFICER GAL (#1) is a solid contender.

    4th Race: COMPASS ROSE (#9) last raced in November when she was fourth behind undefeated two-time stakes winner Onlyforyou. She has trained well since moving to the barn of trainer Brendan Walsh and should be ready for a solid effort. TIKKI'S HUMOR (#5) should like the move to the dirt and can't be left out of the gimmicks. CELEBRATEGOODTIMES (#7) is a definite threat but has been a beaten favorite in all four of her races.

    5th Race: BINGO KITTEN (#3) and CALL ME WEST (#1) finished a neck apart last out at Kentucky Downs. Both should run well again today but give the edge to Bingo Kitten with Julien Leparoux picking up the mount for trainer Mike Maker. DYNAMIC DECISION (#9) looks best of the rest.

    6th Race: OLD MOUNTAIN LANE (#2) was a high-priced purchase at a 2-year-olds in training sale in May. He has trained very well for his debut for the hot Pletcher barn and should be ready to win today. SKY HERO (#7) had a rough trip in his only race at Churchill and has to be respected. WHISKEY BIZ (#8) could add value to the gimmicks.

    7th Race: SCHIVARELLI (#10) has been idle since a fourth-place finish in the Wood Memorial (G1) in April. He has been training very well for his return and trainer Eddie Kenneally figures to have him ready to fire with Corey Lanerie picking up the mount. NICKLAUS WAY (#8) ran gamely to finish second in a tough allowance race at Churchill and is definitely the one to beat. MIO D'ORO (#12) is a contender.

    8th Race: EMOTIONAL KITTEN (#1) is a graded stakes winner from the Ramsey/Maker barn. She is winless this year but drops into allowance company after nine straight starts in graded stakes races and looks like a winner if this one stays on the grass. HONEY HUES (#4) threw in a bad one last out but looks like the one to beat and would be the top pick if this one is moved to the dirt. PAPPASCAT (#5) also has good form on either surface.

    9th Race: MUZU (#5) comes off an even effort at Churchill and gets in light with Juan Saez picking up the mount. He rates the edge in a wide-open claiming test. HANDSOME DENNIS (#1) will be tough if he takes to the dirt. JINX THE CAT (#11) comes off a game maiden win.

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