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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 14, 2017

    Saturday / October 14

    Race 1

    Perplexed (5) showed big improvement in the last two and this one is also working well heading into this start.  Key in exacta boxes with Noshackleshere, DosCuernos, Hurricane Force, Small Town Hero.  5-6, 5-4, 5-1, 5-8

    Race 2

    Jokasa (3) has won on this track before and the Leparoux-Foley team knows its way to the winner's circle.  Key this one in exacta boxes with Already Packer, Lightning Dove and Play the Book.  3-4, 3-9, 3-8

    Race 3

    Binary Bourbon (9) dropped in class time but didn't get to fully take advantage of that situation because of  a troubled trip.  Give this one another try and put her in an exacta box along with Bunny Boss, Radar Vision and Lonely Petunia.  Exacta box 9-12-10-4

    Race 4

    Musical America (4) makes the second start for a new barn and there are some positive angles for this trainer--40 percent with blinkers off plus good numbers on turf-to-dirt and route-to-sprint.  Key him in exacta boxes with Johnny Obvious, Cracklin Jon, Crawford and Outrun the Posse.  Exacta boxes 4-6, 4-1, 4-3, 4-5

    Race 5

    Hollow Point (9) finds a softer spot here and that class drop could do the trick for this one from the red-hot Casse barn.  That 89 Beyer on August 20 also would be formidable here.  Key this one with Belgian, Mambo at the Gym, Takeoff and Space Mountain.  Exacta boxes 9-8, 9-3, 9-7, 9-2

    Race 6

    Sergeant Drive (10) intrigues me as a dangerous longshot here.  Shug McGaughey debuts this one here rather than New York for his primary client and there's a sharp local work, too.  Key this one with Royal Creed, Maximize and Kilroy Was Here.  Exacta boxes 10-8, 10-5, 10-7

    Race 7

    Revved Up (7) could give McGaughey two in a row, as that 97 Beyer two starts back would make him a strong contender here.  Also, this one has shown he can handle this turf course.  The Bull (11) is a mystery but Leparoux in the saddle catches the eye.  Parlor and Airoforce also merit consideration.  Four-horse exacta box here with 7-11-9-2

    Race 8

    Too Much Tip (9) takes a major class plunge in this spot but that strong local work eases any concern about running for a tag, albeit a pricey one.  I'll key this on top along with Minnie Blip (14) who may scratch for a stake next week.  Add China Grove, Perfect Wife, Mythical Tale and Laura B underneath.  Exacta part-wheel 9,14 with 9,14,8,5,3,6

    Race 9

    In the grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, presented by Lane's End, the scratch of Wuheida took out a strong contender and only made the race more wide open.  I'll go with La Coronel (6) to bounce back on the course she likes best.  Stablemate Dream Dancing (4) and grade 1 winner New Money Honey (11) are almost must-use horses for me and I'll include Euro shipper Forgettable Filly (5) in my exacta box.  If your budget allows in multi-race wagers, consider adding (in this order):  Proctor's Ledge, Daddy's Little Darling and Uni.  Exacta box 6-4-11-5

    Race 10

    C Dub (6) was well-bet in the debut and is working lights out off the layoff.  Give him the edge over Powerful Alley (8).  Bee Jersey, Such a Tease and Ukura are also worth consideration.  Exacta box 6-8-5-1-9

    Late Pick 4 (starts in race 7):  7,2,11,9 with 9,14 with 6,4,11,5,2,3 with 6,8,5

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