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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.


    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    1st Race: PERPLEXED (#5) broke his maiden at Saratoga at odds of 115-1 for Wayne Lukas. He has been training well since returning to Kentucky and will be running late in a race loaded with early speed. SMALL TOWN HERO (#8) is the one to beat but he is a frontrunner who figures to have plenty of company in the early going. CAIRN (#2) can also come from off the pace and is a contender.

    2nd Race: LIGHTNING DOVE (#9) has raced mainly on the grass but is capable of running well on the main track. She has the speed to be on or near the lead and gets the nod for trainer Wesley Ward with Mike Smith named to ride. CAUSE YOU CAN (#5) looked good winning last out at Churchill and fits with these. PLAY THE BREAK (#8) will be running at the end.

    3rd Race: LONELY PETUNIA (#4) moves up a notch in class after being claimed by trainer Tom Amoss. Give her the edge. BINARY BOURBON (#9) figures to be the one to beat. MISS BLUE DOT (#5) is a contender in a fairly weak maiden claimer.

    4th Race: OUTRUN THE POSSE (#5) looked good winning last out and can rate just off what figures to be a fast pace. He looks best with Corey Lanerie back aboard. CRAWFORD (#3) has only won one race but can run late and has to be considered. MUSICAL AMERICA (#4) cuts back to 6 furlongs and can figure in the gimmicks.

    5th Race: HOLLOW POINT (#9) ran well to finish third in his turf debut at Saratoga and hooked a tough field last out at Kentucky Downs. He faces easier company this afternoon and looks best for trainer Mark Casse and jockey Corey Lanerie. MOROCCO (#1) has shown big improvement in his last two races and figures to be tough to catch. SPACE MOUNTAIN (#2) will be rallying from off the pace and is a solid threat.

    6th Race: ROYAL CREED (#2) didn't fire in his debut on the yielding turf at Kentucky Downs. He is bred to like the move to the dirt and has been training sharply at Churchill. Look for a much better performance in this one. KILROY WAS HERE (#7) ran well to finish third at Saratoga and is another one who should move forward off that effort. IONA MOBE (#4) is a contender.

    7th Race: BONDURANT (#4) is winless in his last eight races but has been running in mostly graded stakes races. Trainer Ian Wilkes drops him into an allowance race and he looks like a good bet to regain his winning ways with Brian Hernandez aboard. PARLOR (#9) has also been competing against better company. He just missed last out in the Dueling Grounds Derby and he is the one to beat. HIGH NOON RIDER (#6) could run well at decent odds.

    8th Race: DELPHINIA (#11) ran poorly in her last race but probably needed that one after a five-month layoff. She could spring the upset for trainer Wesley Ward with Mike Smith aboard. AUNTJENN (#4) moves to the barn of Brad Cox for her Kentucky debut and figures to be a solid contender. TOO MUCH TIP (#9) is also trained by Ward and can't be dismissed.

    9th Race – Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1): PROCTOR'S LEDGE (#2) has won four of her eight races for trainer Brendan Walsh and comes off a career-best performance last out. She has the tactical speed to be in contention throughout and rates the slight edge in an extremely well-matched renewal of the QE II. LA CORONEL (#6) makes her third start back after a trip to Royal Ascot in June. She loves the Keeneland lawn and should be ready for her best performance today. DADDYS LIL DARLING (#3) is capable of another good effort at nice odds.

    10th Race: BEE JERSEY (#5) ran poorly in the UAE Derby (G2) but that was on a muddy track. He was second to Thunder Snow in his prior race and figures to be tough going back against maidens today. SUCH A TEASE (#1) ran well to finish second last out at Churchill and posted a solid recent work for trainer Paul McGee. He is the one to beat. POWERFUL ALLY (#8) cuts back to 7 furlongs and fits with these.

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