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1st Race:MILADY ROCKS (#5) has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout and gets the nod for trainer D. Wayne Lukas with Luis Saez picking up the mount. STAY SPICY (#6) finished right behind the top pick last out and will like the added distance. AWESOMETASTIC (#3) drops in for a tag and is a contender.
2nd Race: FORTY ACRES (#3) is a perfect 2 for 2 at Keeneland and moves up in class after come from behind win last out. He is a 3-year-old taking on the older runners but he is capable of winning this one despite the class hike. MALIBU SUNSET (#7) will win with anything close to his best effort but the big class drop after a year layoff is reason for concern. MESOMA (#2) is a definite contender.
3rd Race:LIMOUSINE LIBERAL (#4) has been facing the toughest sprinters in the country in graded stakes races and running well. Trainer Ben Colebrook drops him into an allowance race today and looks like a solid bet to win at short odds. NO HIDING PLACE (#1) has been off since August but is training well for Wesley Ward and owns a win over a sloppy Keeneland track. Could be tough with rain in the forecast. SILVER RIDE (#6) rates a chance.
4th Race:BLONDE IN THE CITY (#3) was third in a much tougher race here on opening day and looks best on the drop back in for a tag. PRINCESS DINAH (#5) just missed last out at this level and is the one to beat. RANGERS FUNNY GIRL (#2) has good speed and will be a contender if she takes to the dirt.
5th Race:SHELBYSMILE (#6) makes her 4-year-old debut for trainer Brendan Walsh, who has good numbers with his returning runners. She ran an even fifth in the Mrs. Revere (G2) in her last start and rates the edge in a well-matched turf race. KYLLACHY QUEEN (#2) has been off since a dull effort in a Group 2 race in Ireland in July. She ran well in her only U.S. start for trainer Christophe Clement and is the one to beat. SUSIE BEE (#7) is a solid contender for trainer Mike Maker and jockey Paco Lopez.
6th Race:TAPSOLUTE (#4) had a terrible trip two starts back and closed well to finish fifth after stumbling leaving the gate last out. He figures to like the added distance and gets the nod with Jose Ortiz picking up the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen. MEANTIME (#7) was beaten as the odds-on favorite last out after finished second to eventual Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Patch in his debut. He posted a bullet work here on Thursday and will be tough to catch. PROFESSOR SNAPE (#6) has only had one race and will improve.
7th Race:ENTERTAINER (#1) figures to get a good trip with from the inside post with Julien Leparoux picking up the mount. He runs well on the off track and could be tough to beat if we get the expected rain. WESTFEST (#6) finished behind the top pick last out but it was his first race since July and he figures to improve. TOWN CLASSIC (#7) didn't show much in his race over this track but was also coming off a layoff and can move forward.
8th Race:AQUAMARINE (#6) moves to the barn of trainer D. Wayne Lukas for his Kentucky debut and his best would be good enough to win this one with Joel Rosario aboard. JERSEY STREET (#7) will like the move back to dirt and will be tough with Corey Lanerie picking up the mount. LENSTAR (#3) comes off a sharp maiden win and is a solid threat.
9th Race – Dixiana Elkhorn (G2): BIGGER PICTURE (#5) was beaten just a half-length last out despite the rider losing his whip turning for home. He is a proven winner at a mile and a half and he had a strong work last week. Give him the edge in a tough renewal of the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2). RED RIFLE (#3) hasn't won a race since 2015 but woke up last out in his first race back after an eight-month layoff. He looks dangerous with Corey Lanerie picking up the mount for trainer Todd Pletcher. DANISH DYNAFORMER (#2) will be running at the end and is a contender.
10th Race: AWESTRUCK (#2) was beaten as the odds-on favorite last out but posted a recent bullet work here at Keeneland and should make amends with a win for trainer Rusty Arnold with Joe Bravo back aboard. CONQUEST CLASSIC (#6) ran a huge race here on opening day coming from last to finish second. She is the one to beat. GOLDEN DOMER (#7) ran evenly in her debut and gets Lasix today.