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    Tom Leach

    Tom Leach is “the Voice of the Wildcats” for football and men’s basketball and a contributor to Keeneland.com as well. He is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award for radio coverage of thoroughbred racing. During race meets, check out Keeneland’s You Tube channel for his trainer and jockey interviews ahead of major stakes races and listen for the weekly “In The Money” podcast with Tom and Jim Goodman at keenelandselect.com. You can follow Tom’s coverage of the Cats at tomleachky.com.


    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Saturday / October 28

    Race 1

    Charity Stripe (4) ran her best race at Keeneland and she's back with a class drop that could propel her to victory. Key her in exactas with Chasing the Buck and Avisionofchocolate.  Exacta boxes 4-3, 4-5

    Race 2

    Strong Response (7) has run well here and makes his second start off the layoff.  I think he can outrun his odds in this spot so key him in exactas with More Than Shirl, Googleado and Dingdingdingding.  Exacta boxes 7-6, 7-5, 7-8

    Race 3

    Pray for Kitten (3) gets the call here for a trainer who hits at 27 percent on the drop to the maiden claiming level.  This one' s early speed is also a selling point here.  Key him with Par Play, Surprise Prize and Comedy Zone.  Exacta boxes 3-10, 3-9, 3-6

    Race 4

    If On the Clock (1A) stays in this race, she's the pick off the class drop for the Ramsey/Maker team.  If she scratches, lean to another dropper from straight maiden company--Merri Mesa (7).  And I'll play both of those in an exacta box with Gretouki and Mushaboom.  Exacta box 1-7-2-8

    Race 5

    The best options here are on the also-eligible list--go with Heza Kitten (15) if he runs.  He comes off a good effort around two turns and he's bred to run longer.  My next choice would be True Royalty (14) off the tough competition he's faced.  If neither runs, go with Blue Lute (2) ran had a solid effort in his debut agianst a future stakes winner.  Hurry Up Harry, Novus and Bandito are the others I like, in that order.  Exacta box 15-14-2-11-12-9

    Race 6

    Miss Gracer (9) comes off two strong efforts at Delaware and with Lanerie riding, the ground loss should be minimized.  Key her with Dance Proposal, Awesome Boss, Whoehearted and Bourgeois.  Exacta boxes 9-3, 9-4, 9-5, 9-8

    Race 7

    Mr Cub (3) posted a 91 Beyer last month at Kentucky Downs and then held his own in a stake.  A win in his only try at Keeneland is also a plus.  Key him with Nileator, the Ramsey entry and Belomor.  Exacta boxes 3-9, 3-1/1A, 3-2

    Race 8

    Going with Tarquinia (1) here.  Draw a line through the last race and the previous two were strong and the first-time blinkers is a 22 percent rate for Maker.  Key this one with Nequa, Shar Run, Bella Belle and Star Quest.  Exacta boxes 1-9, 1-2, 1-7, 1-8

    Race 9

    Honorable Duty is the one to beat in the grade 2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes but his numbers don't tower over these so I'm shopping for a price.  I'll go with Guiseppe the Great (1), who ran well in his only start here.  He's worked well since returning and an improving three-year old can be dangerous in spots like this, plus he's been faced much better.  Key him in exactas with the favorite plus The Player and Malibu Pro.  Exacta boxes 1-5, 1-4, 1-7

    Race 10

    Into Summer (5) lost to a good one in her last race and she shows good works off a new Beyer best.  Defrock is the next choice, followed by Well Humored, Awesome Song and Tamit.  Exacta boxes 5-9, 5-2, 5-7, 5-13

    Late Pick 4 (starts in race 6):  3,9, 1/1A,2 with 1,9,2 with 1,5,4,7,6 with 5,9 (and add 2 if your budget allows or one of the other scratches)

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