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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: SEVENTHFLEETHUMOR (#5) had an eventful trip in his debut back in July and has trained well since that start. Maker figures to have him ready today and he gets the nod in a well matched maiden claimer. UNRIVALED (#6) showed improvement in his second career start. Gorder adds blinkers for this one and he will be tough with Napravnik aboard. ALDEAN (#1) is a definite threat.
2nd Race: VOODOOVILLE (#3) should be running at the end in a race that figures to have a fast pace. He moves up in class for trainer Chris Richard, who has won four of five this meet including a pair of scores last Sunday. Give him the edge. VISIONARY RULER (#4) drops in for a tag after showing speed against better and is the one to catch. GOOD TICKLED (#7) rates a chance.
3rd Race: NORTHERN LUCK (#7) drops out of several starter allowance races and his best would make him a winner at this level. FROM DAY ONE (#6) figures to get the lead and is the one to catch. B L’S TSUMANI (#3) is a veteran runner who rates a chance.
4th Race: SAYLER’S CREEK (#1) has been in the money in 10 of his 11 turf races with five wins this year. He figures to win this one at short odds with Leparoux riding for Mike Maker. TOWN STAR (#8) and BOLD RALLY (#2) are both trained by Chris Block but are uncoupled in the wagering. Both are capable of running well today.
5th Race: TIPPANY (#3) was seventh in her debut at Saratoga but the top two finishers in that one came back to run first and second in the Grade 2 Matron at Belmont. She has trained well here at Keeneland and rates the edge in this one. MAKIN’ SENSE (#9) broke poorly in her debut and was never in contention. She figures to run much better today. ISLAND FEVER (#4) rates a chance.
6th Race: UNBRIDLEDEXPLOSION (#7) has never run a bad race and has the tactical speed to be in contention throughout. Give her the edge with Brian Hernandez back aboard for trainer Ian Wilkes. MIDNIGHT SWEETIE (#11) finished right behind the top pick last out and has trained well over this track. ANOTHER INCIDENT (#2) fits in here.
7th Race: KITTEN’S QUEEN (#9) has been running against solid competition at Saratoga, where in June she was second behind Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) winner Crown Queen. She appears to be in a good spot to pick up the win today. HONEY LAKE (#1) hasn't shown much in recent starts but is capable of waking up and running well in this one. SEANCHI (#5) is a contender.
8th Race: AREED (#7) faded after flashing speed in his debut at Churchill. He has been training well since that start and looks best as he drops in for a tag today. PULPIT’S LEGACY (#9) also has a good work over this track and has to be respected. RAIDER POWER (#8) has been off for over a year but is in the capable hands of trainer Tom Proctor, who is good with returning runners.