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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.


    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    1st Race: TRUTH IN THE LIES (#3) is a speedy filly from the barn of Wesley Ward. She takes on the boys today but looks like a good candidate for the wire to wire score. OMARVELOUS (#5) will be running late and figures to be the main competition. MONACLE (#7) could add value to the gimmicks.

    2nd Race: MAJESTIC SHOES (#4) didn't show much last out but that was against a better field. Look for a much better performance today and give her a slight edge over Little Face in a close call. LITTLE FACE (#5) is undefeated in five starts this year. She will be in front and is definitely the one to catch. CHERISHD OBSESSION (#1) rates a chance

    3rd Race MARIANO INTHENINTH (#1A) moves from the Todd Pletcher barn into trainer Joe Sharp's care. Sharp has won with five of his first nine starters and should add another one to that list today. OCEAN ALLEY (#6) drops in for a tag and looks dangerous. POWER NAP (#5) showed nothing in his debut but can be expected to improve today.

    4th Race: FLYING TIPAT (#8) just missed in her debut and was favored in a stakes race last out but finished sixth. She gets the nod as she faces maidens again this afternoon. LA RAMBLA (#1) has finished second in all three of her races and Julien Leparoux is aboard for trainer Mike Maker. SUSIE’S BABY (#7) has only had one race and will improve.

    5th Race: FRUIT LUDT (#9) is a class dropper from the hot Pletcher barn. He comes off a decent effort at Saratoga and a similar performance would be good enough to win this one. PENOBSCOT (#7) is in for a tag for the first time and should be tough at this level. TOOLPUSHER (#8) rates a chance.

    6th Race: RUN HIDE MY GIRL (#7) was third in a starter allowance race last out and drops back in for a tag today. Give her a slight edge in a well-matched field. JUDY JUDY  JUDY (#1) comes off an easy win on a muddy track but also won on a fast surface back in June. She figures to be tough to beat. MRS. ASHER (#2) fits at this level.

    7th Race: COALPORT (#7) was a game winner last out but was disqualified for bearing out in the stretch. He has the speed to be in good position throughout and looks best with Rosie Napravnik back aboard for trainer Mike Maker. SET THE SAIL (#1) has solid form and owns two wins at today's distance of a mile and an eighth. He figures to be the main competition. JOHA (#6) is also trained by Maker and is a contender.

    8th Race: ROCKET TIME (#5) has good speed but should be able to lay just off the pace this afternoon. He has been away since July but is training steadily and trainer Al Stall Jr. figures to have him ready to go today. QUIET RULER (#8) will be running late with Joel Rosario aboard for trainer Nick Zito. DEMANDER (#6) rates a chance.

    9th Race: ESKENFORMONEY (#2) comes off of some even efforts in New York and trainer Todd Pletcher adds blinkers for his Kentucky debut. He appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden score. ZIP RUNNER (#4) looks like the one to beat. SCOTTISH SWEETIE (#4) could improve.

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