Let our experts help you handicap the day's races at Keeneland.
Please note that selections typically are available about 48 hours in advance of the race.
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: BLIND HOPE (#2) moves up in class after being claimed by Ramseys/Maker. He looks like the controlling speed and is capable of the wire-to-wire win in the opener. UPGRADE (#5) is a graded stakes winner and definitely the class of this one. The drop into a claiming race isn't a good sign, but anything close to his best would make him very hard to beat. SAFARI ARTIE (#3) is good right now and has to be considered.
2nd Race: ALL TALK (#3) gets the edge in a fairly weak maiden claimer. SUNANDSEA (#7) has the speed to be on or near the lead and is the one to catch. LEGACY BIRD (#8) has only had one race and could improve.
3rd Race: ISLET (#11) was claimed last out by trainer Chris Richard, who is very good with his first claims. She moves up in class for this one but appears to be in a good spot to get the win with Rosie Napravnik aboard. ABEHLA MAESTRA (#10) is another one who comes in off of the claim. Trainer Bernie Flint is also good with first claims and this one looks dangerous. BOLD TAP (#8) could add value to the gimmicks.
4th Race: MEMA (#7) is a first-timer from the barn of Eddie Kenneally. She has been training well and doesn't appear to have caught an extremely strong field for her debut. SHESAKITTY (#2) hasn't started in over a year but is training well for Mike Bell, who won with a first timer on Friday. SILVER FRAME (#1) needed her last race and should move forward.
5th Race: BELL BY THE RIDGE (#8) drops back in for a tag and owns a win over the Keeneland Polytrack. Give him the slight edge for trainer Mike Maker and jockey Rosie Napravnik, who has several live mounts today. GRIP HANDS (#4) has won two of last three for trainer Graham Motion and figures to be tough to beat. THE BEST GLACIER (#3) is another Maker runner who has to be respected.
6th Race: RUNKLE (#12) was disqualified from a maiden win in June and comes in off a pair of runner-up efforts. He should be in good position from the outside post and rates the edge in here. CATEGORY (#2) showed big improvement in his second career start and is the one to catch. UNSTOPPABLE COLBY (#6) is a D. Wayne Lukas runner who should improve off his debut at Churchill.
7th Race: SHE BE KEENE (#12) comes off a couple of solid efforts at Churchill and has been training well over the Keeneland Polytrack. Her best makes her a winner with Corey Lanerie picking up the mount for trainer Sally Schu. MISS BROWN SUGAR (#6) stumbled leaving the gate last out and the rider lost an iron. Throw that one out and she fits with these. SABEL BROWNE (#7) gets Lasix for the first time and should move forward.
8th Race: PABLO DEL MONTE (#6) was one of the most impressive maiden winners sent out by trainer Wesley Ward here in April. He has been training sharply for his return and rates the slight edge over Cool Cowboy in a close call. COOL COWBOY (#1) comes off a 10-length romp at Arlington and is definitely the main competition. HIGH ROLL (#4) was favored in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) but finished fifth. Trainer Jimmy DiVito adds Llasix and he is capable of better.
9th Race: ARCHETYPE (#10) dropped back to last at Kentucky Downs and was never a factor. She normally has good tactical speed and a return to her best could make her a winner in this one. HONEY LAKE (#1) easily beat the top pick last out and figures to be the one to catch. ALLEGHENY ANGEL (#3) fits in here.