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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.


    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    1st Race: ETERNAL FORCE (#2) ran well in his debut at Ellis Park and hooked an impressive next-out winner in Quip in his last race at Churchill. Trainer Steve Asmussen drops him in for a tag and he looks best in a fairly weak field. ELKHORN POET (#6) also takes the class drop and has the speed to be dangerous. TEQUILAS RANGER (#4) is training well for his debut.

    2nd Race: ABSOLUTE LOVE (#7) showed big improvement in her second career start her on opening day. She was no match for a runaway winner in that one but ran well to finish second and appears to be in a good spot to get her maiden win for McPeek and Santana. QUEENARDINI (#6) faded after pressing the pace in a turf race at Churchill and ran well in the dirt at Elllis. She figures to be the one to beat. COSMIC BURST (#2) has the speed to be on or near the lead and could be tough if left alone on the front end.

    3rd Race: BIG RED SEVEN (#1) had a bit of a rough trip last out when stuck down on the inside. She posted a recent bullet work and a return to her best would make her a winner against this field. ROSE TO GLORY (#5) cuts back to a sprint race and figures to be running late with Corey Lanerie aboard. CRACK YOUR WHIP (#7) is a definite contender in a tough race.

    4th Race: AKTABANTAY (#4) was a stakes winner in Great Britain as a 2-year-old. He seems to have regained his best form recently and comes off a game win at Kentucky Downs. He is capable of the repeat score for trainer Joe Sharp with Robby Albarado back aboard. KID PERFECT(#6) comes off two front-running wins in Indiana and has the speed to make the lead again today. He could be tough to catch. CHILTERN STREET (#1) is a solid threat but needs a good trip from his inside post.

    5th Race: ROCKINGHAM MEL (#1A) closed well to finish second in a race here earlier in the meet. He should like today's added distance and looks best for trainer Kenny McPeek and Robby Albarado. B DUBYA (#2) lost all chance in his debut when he broke slowly but made a big middle move in that one and finished up evenly. He will improve. CAN GO (#7) woke up a bit last out for trainer Nick Zito and is a contender.

    6th Race: DONWELL (#6) prefers more distance but figures to be running late in a race loaded with early speed. He has been off since July but is training sharply for Tom Amoss and is capable of winning with Florent Geroux picking up the mount. ATTRIBUTE (#1) exits a tough race at Churchill. He will like the cut back to 6 furlongs and looks dangerous from the inside post. EIGHT TOWN (#4) comes off a sharp maiden win at Belmont and is a solid threat.

    7th Race: BANTU (#6) broke well in his last race but dropped way back before making a solid late move. He should get a good trip from just off the pace today and gets the nod with Julien Leparoux picking up the mount in a very well-matched turf race. MR. RECIO (#12) closed strongly to break his maiden in his debut at Churchill. He has the outside post but there is plenty of early speed in here and he is capable of another strong race. ARAWAK (#1) beat the top pick at Kentucky Downs and has to be considered.

    8th Race: ARCH MADNESS (#10) ran second in his first race back after a long layoff. He figures to move forward off that start and looks best for trainer Ian Wilkes with Chris Landeros back aboard. ENCRYPT (#7) is winless in 15 starts but has been in the money nine times and has to be respected. MISSLE BOMB (#6) has been idle for a year but trainer Darrin Miller is good with runners coming off long layoffs and this one drops in for a tag for the first time.

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