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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 27, 2017

    1st Race: ROYAL HOLIDAY (#1) moves to the dirt after flashing speed in two tough turf races. Trainer Wesley Ward drops him in class for the Ramseys, who are looking for another leading owner title, and if he takes to the dirt he should win this one. PUERTORICAN STYLE (#7) also takes the class drops and figures to be the main competition. OUT OF HYDEING (#5) has only had one race and should improve.

    2nd Race: LIL MISS BLUE EYES (#2) has been in the money in five of her six races. She came up a bit short when dropped in for a tag last out but may have needed that one after a four-month layoff. Give her the edge with Robby Albarado back aboard for trainer Kenny McPeek. BUTTER UP KATIE (#4) just missed last out at Presque Isle Downs and figures to be the one to beat. ETTALUSIVE (#6) is a contender.

    3rd Race: LUCKY LOTTO (#4) is a 9-year-old veteran who is still in fairly good form. He has run well at today's distance of 7 furlongs and can win with his best effort. SPIRIT GRABBER (#7) drops in class and figures to be the one to catch. COURT’S RULING (#1) exits the same race as the top pick and is a contender.

    4th Race: WHOLE LOTTA LUCK (#2) drops back in for a tag and should be running late in a race that figures to have a fast pace. He is capable of winning with his best performance. THIRSTFORLIFE (#1) just missed when dropped in for a claiming price at Churchill and owns a win over the Keeneland strip. STAPLETON (#6) has the speed to be on or near the lead and trainer Wayne Mogge won a race here on Wednesday.

    5th Race: DADDY IS A LEGEND (#9) was second behind Rushing Fall, who came back to win the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) here last week and is headed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). She appears to be in a good spot to pick up her maiden win for trainer George Weaver with Joe Bravo back aboard. VEVINA (#7) is a first timer in the capable hands of Christophe Clement, who has had good success with a limited number of runners this meet. Watch the board for clues on this one. GENTLE RULER (#10) has shown improvement with every start for trainer Ian Wilkes and is a solid threat.

    6th Race: HUNKA BURNING LOVE (#2) drops to a career-low claiming level for Ramseys/Maker. He looks best with Julien Leparoux riding. WHATEVERYBODYWANTS (#8) prefers more distance but had a rough trip last out and will be running at the end. ENDER (#5) fits in here.

    7th Race: DOUGLAS ROAD (#6) has never run a bad race for trainer Arnaud Delacour. He comes off a solid runner up finish at Kentucky Downs and gets blinkers for the first time today. He looks best with James Graham picking up the mount. ONE LAST STRIKE (#9) looked good in his maiden win at Churchill and looks dangerous in this spot. SIX SCHILLINGS (#2) fits with these.

    8th Race: EMMA KATE (#7) debuts for trainer Steve Asmussen, who is having a very good meet. This one posted a bullet work here Oct. 14 and should be ready to go at first asking. CLEARWATER (#9) has finished second in both of her races but was beaten as the odds-on favorite last out. PROMISSORY NOTE (#4) is another first timer who is training sharply for Ingrid Mason.

    9th Race: PROUD REUNION (#3) is an improving 3-year-old who comes off a solid effort against better in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks. She will be rallying from off what figures to be a legitimate pace and looks best with Corey Lanerie picking up the mount for trainer Tom Proctor. BURMA ROAD (#9) has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout and will be tough to catch. BROOKS HOUSE (#6) is a definite threat.

    10th Race: CHASING CARS (#3) drops in for a tag for the first time and gets the nod in the finale. LADY CLEOPATRA (#5) ran evenly in her race over this track and looks like the one to beat. SALES CALL (#4) is a contender.

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