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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.


    Sunday, October 22, 2017

    Sunday / October 22

    Race 1

    Wilbo (3) makes the second start off a layoff and he caught a good field last time.  The win at Keeneland is also a plus.  Key this one with Yockey's Warrior, Far Right, and Wings Locked Up.  Exacta boxes 3-5-, 3-1, 3-4

    Race 2

    Sneaky Betty has been much-improved in two starts for Cox and this is probably not that big of a class jump here for this one.  Key her with Nancy Doll, Clever Serve and Jamrose.  Exacta boxes 5-1, 5-4, 5-6

    Race 3

    Limerick Lady (7) comes from the Maker barn, which is having a strong fall meet, and this one has 11 lifetime wins, too.  She looks salty here so key her with Red Hot Cherry, Seattle Firm and Spanish Arch.  Exacta boxes 7-4, 7-6, 7-1

    Race 4

    Markitoff (6) shows two races at Saratoga that would seem to represent a class drop in this spot and this is another one from the Maker barn.  Key this one with High Promise, Dreamology, Dreamrider and Elsie Time.  Exacta boxes 6-3, 6-5, 6-11, 6-8

    Race 5

    Princess Dinah (6) loves the course at Keeneland and drops in class to find a softer level here, plus she encountered some trouble last time.  Key her with Rise Above It, Dustem Carolina, Case Cracker and Hot Yankee.  Exacta boxes 6-7, 6-5, 6-2, 6-1

    Race 6

    Kitty Kat Kate (1) has kept tougher company and her speed might make her a tough customer here, in the second start off a layoff.  Moonlight Rain (9) is the one to beat and I'll play those in an exacta box with Cubs Win, High Tech and Oh Zap.  Exacta box 1-9-2-3-15

    Race 7

    Title Ready (4) caught a tough field last time, as did Sourdough (3) but I'll lean to the former off two sharp local workouts.  Seauxtale will be added to a three-horse exacta box off his race here.  Exacta box 4-3-5

    Race 8

    in the grade 3 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes, Grateful (10) gets my nod.  She looked like a sure winner in deep stretch last time only to get caught on the wire but it was still her best race, so this one is improving and an improving three-year old this time of year Is a dangerous commodity.  Key her with Apple Betty, Lottie and Promotional.  Exacta boxes 10-7, 10-2, 10-6

    Race 9

    Grand Candy (2) ran well on this track on opeing weekend and that was his first start for new trainer Mike Maker.  Leparoux keeping the mount is another plus.  Icatiro (3) is a strong contender, too, in the second start for the Cox barn.   I think one of those wins this so key them on top in exactas and add Wyeth and Rocket Time underneath.  Exacta part-wheel 2,3 with 2,3,6,8

    Late Pick 4 (starts in race 6):  1,9,2,3,15 with 4,3,5 with 10,7,2,6 with 2,3

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