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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.


    Friday, April 28, 2017

    FRIDAY, April 28

    Race 1:   Top Gato (4) has a good race over this track and I'll use that angle to try and upset the likely favorite, Internet Success.  Spanish Treasure is another to use.  Exacta boxes 4-1, 4-5

    Race 2:  Heir Apparent (2) drops in class off the Fairgrounds circuit, gets Lanerie in the saddle and has good speed from the inside--a potent trifecta of plus factors.  Key that one with Hippolyte, Candrasa and Buy Low Sell High.  Exacta boxes 2-1, 2-3, 2-6

    Race 3:   Ice Cream Truck (6) had a good-looking win here with a less-than-ideal trip and I'll bet he can win right back.  Special Jo and Green Gold are the ones to use with the top pick.  Exacta boxes 6-5, 6-1

    Race 4:   Ice Freeze (3) has speed and a pedigree to prefer dirt over the polytrack surface she's been on for her first three starts.  The two outside horses--Soaring Now and Reward's Girl--have connections that will draw a lot of $$$ so our top pick could be a nice price.  Heavenly Lucky is another to include in a four-horse exacta box.  Exacta box 3-9-8-1

    Race 5:  Mercy Ann (5) caught a tough field in the debut and also broke slowly.  She can show improve on a shorter trip here.  Key her in exacta boxes with Soliloquy, Cat Walk, Auntie's the One, Jaunt and Game Factor.  Exacta boxes 5-4, 5-3, 5-1, 5-6, 5-7

    Race 6:   Lifelong Dreamer (3) gets the nod on a hunch.  This has the look of a horse carefully placed on the final day, by a trainer looking to win the title.  But in case that angle is faulty, make it a four-horse exacta box that also includes Private Time, Bajan Cash and Got It.  Exacta box 3-6-1-5

    Race 7:  Tisbury (3) showed big improvement in the second start for the Mott barn and the fact that she comes off a nine-furlong race may give her an edge over the ones coming off layoffs.  Key Tisbury with Private Client, Corby, Flower Valley and Church Social.   Exacta boxes 3-7, 3-4, 3-6, 3-10

    Race 8:   Fleetway (2) takes a class drop and makes the second start of the meet and gets Leparoux in the saddle.  But don't overlook Silverdollardreams (4)--claimed for 20k and now runs back for 30,000 off a layoff.  Use those two in an exacta box with  Enduring Honor and Heliodoro.  Exacta box 2-4-7-1

    Race 9:   Arles (6) caught some tough fields in her first three US starts and she could find this bunch softer.  Also, trainer Graham Motion excels in these turf marathons.  Inchargeofme, Earring and Daring Duchess are the ones I'll use with her in the grade 3 Bewitch Stakes.   Exacta boxes 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

    Race 10:  My Man Jax (6) gets the nod for the Cox barn, which excels with second-time starters and was heavily bet in his debut.  Silver Defense (1) is the one to beat so I'll key those two in exactas over Van Horn, Big Bad Zin and Master Merion.  Exacta part-wheel 6,1 with 6,1,3,14,13

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

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