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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.


    Friday, October 20, 2017

    1st Race: HARBOR LIGHTS (#3) looked good in her maiden win at Ellis Park and had a rough trip in the Pocahontas (G2) after breaking slowly. She rates a slight edge in a tough allowance race. VOLODINA (#2) was very impressive coming from last to win at first asking for trainer Bill Mott. She will be running late and will be tough to beat. STRONGER THAN EVER (#5) also came from last in her debut win and is a solid threat.

    2nd Race: AWESOME GAL (#8) didn't take to the slop in her race here earlier this meet. She drops in class and has the speed to be on or near the lead today. Look for a much better performance from her. BLUE RIDGE GIRL (#5) also takes the class drop and figures to be the one to beat. SPEARETTE (#3) exits the same race as the top pick and is a contender.

    3rd Race: MANHATTAN MISCHIEF (#3) has been in the money in 10 of her 11 races this year. She owns a win over the Keeneland strip and looks best with Ricardo Santana Jr. picking up the mount. SHARP ART (#2) drops back into a claiming race and will be tough at this level. BOURBON COWBOY (#1) will be running at the end.

    4th Race: LA MAJESTIQUE (#7) has done most of her racing on the grass going long but has a solid dirt record and drops to a career-low claiming level. She figures to be running late in a race with plenty of early speed and she could spring the upset. ULTRA ARUMBA (#9) is also capable of running at the end with Corey Lanerie aboard. DIXIE LOVER (#5) may be the best of the early runners.

    5th Race: QUAIL HUNT (#2) ran well to finish third in his debut and the winner of that one came back to win a stakes race in Canada next out. He looks best for trainer Michael Matz with Edwin Gonzales back aboard. VIOLENT STORM (#1) exits a tough race at Kentucky Downs and figures to move forward in his second career start. UP THE ANTE (#10) is a solid threat.

    6th Race: FIREBALL SHOT (#5) is still winless after 11 tries but his last two races have been solid and he is proven at today's distance of a mile and an eighth. Give him the edge. COMMANDEERING (#2) should be in good position throughout and looks dangerous with John Velazquez aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher. TOTAL COOPERATION (#3) figures to make the lead and is bred to love the added distance.

    7th Race: FAIR POINT (#8) had an excellent 4-year-old campaign but is winless in five starts this year. She figures to be rallying from off the pace and is capable of getting back to the winners circle as she drops back in against allowance company. WATCH THIS CAT (#1) is a speedy California invader who moves to the barn of trainer Graham Motion. Her best makes her dangerous. EXAGGERATED (#12) fits with these.

    8th Race: CEDARTOWN (#2) has run well in all four of his races for trainer Michael Stidham. He has the speed to be on or near the lead and appears to be in a good spot to win this one with Jose Ortiz picking up the mount. UNCLE MOJO (#6) was a beaten favorite last out but looks like the main competition. BATTLE COLORS (#3) was a game maiden winner and has to be considered.

    9th Race – Pin Oak Valley View (G3): FAULT (#7) has been extremely consistent finishing in the money in her last six races. She has the tactical speed to be in contention throughout and gets the nod in what looks like a very well-matched renewal of the Pin Oak Valley View. LOVELY BERNADETTE (#1) is a stakes winner on dirt and turf. She looked very sharp winning the on the grass at Indiana Downs last out and should get a good trip from the inside post. She will be tough to beat. SWEEPING PADDY (#11) ran poorly in her last race at Saratoga but is capable of much better.

    10th Race: KAREN'S COVE (#9) was third in her debut at Churchill and should move forward off that start. Trainer Tom Amoss has very good numbers with his second-time starters and this one races the edge with Florent Geroux aboard. SECRET SPEED (#8) is training sharply for Mark Casse and figures to be ready for a good performance. LINBURGH'S KITTEN (#6) is a definite threat. 

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