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    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    1st Race: OPPORTUNITY COST (#6) dropped in for a tag for the first time last out and came away with a win on the grass. He shouldn't mind the move back to dirt and can make it two in a row in the opener. KAHRAMANI (#1) came off a long layoff to win at Belterra Park. This is a tougher field but he figures to show good speed from the inside post and could be tough to catch. KING OF ALL MEDIA (#3) is a contender.

    2nd Race: OSO READY (#7) came off a four-month layoff and ran well last out at Churchill. He figures to move forward off that one and has the speed to lead all the way today. FLATTER THE QUEEN (#7) drops a notch in class after an even effort over the Keeneland strip and is the one to beat. ROCK SHANDY (#5) will be running late.

    3rd Race: ENRAGE (#2) drops in for a tag for the first time and looks best with Brian Hernandez Jr. back aboard for trainer Ben Colebrook. TIZ TOFFEE (#1) debuts for trainer Brendan Walsh off a series of solid works. Corey Lanerie rides and she could run well at first asking. CANDY LOU (#3) has the speed to be dangerous.

    4th Race: SHE’S GOT A SHOT (#8) has been in the money in five of her eight races and gets the nod in a fairly weak maiden claimer. MANY WATERS (#7) drops in for a tag for the first time and will be running at the end. HIDDEN GARDEN (#9) is a contender.

    5th Race: OUR GIRL ABBY (#7) looked sharp in her maiden win here on opening Saturday. She appears to be in a good spot to make it two in a row for trainer Mike Maker and jockey Julien Leparoux. IN THE MOOD (#2) comes off an easy maiden win at Belmont. She figures to be the main competition. REGAL DAME (#12) rates a chance.

    6th Race: VICTORY LANE (#8) was fourth in a tough maiden race here at Keeneland earlier in the meet. He ran well to finish fourth in that one and should move forward in his third career start. He looks best with Jose Lezcano back aboard for trainer Shug McGaughey. HIGH NORTH (#12) has run well in both of his races. He will be the one to beat but has to overcome the outside post. COVE BLUE (#10) was well backed in his debut but failed to fire and is capable of better.

    7th Race: SIR DUDLEY DIGGES (#4) is a bit erratic but he won the prestigious Queen's Plate last year and has won three of six this year. He didn't fire last out at Belmont but a return to his best could make him a winner with Julien Leparoux back aboard for trainer Mike Maker. KASAQUI (#5) is a classy runner from the barn of Ignacio Correas. He figures to be the favorite but he had no excuse in his loss as the odds-on choice last out and may be vulnerable again. DRAGON BAY (#1) rates a chance.

    8th Race: COVENANT (#5) was sharp in her maiden win at Saratoga but came up empty after pressing the pace last out in the Dogwood. A return to her best form would make her a winner with Florent Geroux back aboard for trainer Bill Mott. GOLDEN DOMER (#12) has the speed to be on or near the lead and figures to be the one to beat. ANNATHELA (#1) can run late in a race with an abundance of early speed. 

    9th Race: KALININGRAD (#6) didn't fire in is race at Kentucky Downs but is capable of a better performance today. He rates the slight edge in here. GOSTISBEHERE (#7) has been in the money in five of seven races for Charlie LoPresti and looks like the one to beat. MONEIGH MOPROBLEMS (#2) has been off since February but posted a recent bullet work and should like the move to the turf.




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