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Friday, October 21, 2016


    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.

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    1st Race: TRACKING THE CAT (#6) just missed last out and looks like a stand out in the opener. MAJESIC HEIR (#1) figures second best. DISCREETLY FIRM (#3) chased the top pick in her last two.


    2nd Race: BIRD SENSE (#1) has just one win in 11 starts but has been in the money in 10 of those races. She had a bullet work here Monday and should be on or near the lead from the inside post. Give her the edge. SHERINI (#6) will like the move back to dirt. She may prefer a bit more distance but will be running late and is the one to beat. SEA VIEW MILLIE (#3) is a solid contender.


    3rd Race: NO FAULT OF MINE (#5) is one of two in here trained by Chris Block. She just missed last out at Kentucky Downs and won over this turf course in April. She looks best with Florent Geroux picking up the mount. PRADO'S SWEET RIDE (#2) is the other Block runner. She worked very well here last week and Julien Leparoux is aboard. ANNULMENT (#7) rates a chance.


    4th Race: ROSSINI SUNRISE (#2) exits a key race at Churchill Downs where the top three all came back to win next out. She ran poorly in that one but gets Lasix for her return and Julien Leparoux picks up the mount. QUE HANSEN (#6) ran a decent race when dropped to this level last out and is the one to beat. TWILIGHT OWL (#9) has only had one race and can improve.


    5th Race: ALL THE WAY (#6) comes off a couple of runner-up efforts behind repeat winners. He figures to get a good trip from just off the pace and rates a slight edge. COMO SE LLAMA (#1) has won 12 of 37 races and comes in off of back-to-back scores. He will be tough to beat. FAVORITE COACH (#3) likes this track.


    6th Race: UNMOORED (#5) had a rough trip in his debut at Kentucky Downs but ran well to finish fourth behind runaway winner Sonic Boom, who finished second in a stakes race at Santa Anita in his next start. Give him the edge in here. SHAREHOLDER VALUE (#3) ran well in his debut despite a troubled start and just missed last out at Kentucky Downs. HOLLY FIELD (#7) has been a beaten favorite in both of his races but did show improvement last out and figures to be a solid contender.


    7th Race: NEWFOUND GOLD (#8) has been off since January and takes a big class drops for Ramseys/Maker. He has been training well for his return and gets in light with apprentice Katie Clawson. FANCY MAN (#1) comes off races on all-weather surfaces and will appreciate the move back to dirt. REVOLVER (#9) is another one who comes off a long layoff but is training well.


    8th Race: NICKEL (#6) has run well in all three of her races and appears to be in a good spot to get her maiden win today. HER LOVE FOR PAPPY (#8) flashed speed in a key race at Keeneland in April. She is training steadily for her return and looks like the one to beat. MISSSEVENTHIRTEEN (#7) has run her best races in the slop and will be tough if it rains.


    9th Race – Pin Oak Valley View (G3): AZAELIA (#11) makes her U.S. debut after a fourth-place finish in a key race in France. The winner of that one, La Cressonnaire, is undefeated in 8 career starts and would have been one of the favorites for the Arc but suffered a mild setback and was forced to pass the race. The runner-up also came back to win a Group 1 but was 12th in the Arc. She shows no published works but she can be expected to run very well today. MY IMPRESSION (#10) has won three of five for trainer Shug McGaughey and looked sharp winning last out. QUIDURA (#9) won her U.S. debut for trainer Graham Motion and figures to be a solid threat.


    10th Race: SENTENCE (#1) broke poorly then stopped after making a nice middle move. A better start might be all she needs to win this one. LITTLE DUME (#3) has good numbers and posted a bullet work here Tuesday. She will be hard to beat. EUPHORICALLY (#5) was dull in her debut in February but is training well for her return. 

Friday, October 21, 2016



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