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E.g., 2014-07-31

    Kim Nelson

    Kim Nelson has grown up with horses in Kentucky. She began her career with Thoroughbreds at North Ridge Farm in Lexington, KY where she worked with foaling mares and yearlings. She moved on from there to work for Carl Nafzger as an assistant trainer and exercise rider. After the birth of her daughter she changed careers to handicapping for the Daily Racing Form. Once the Daily Racing Form closed its handicapping department in Lexington, Kim was very fortunate to land a position with Marylou Whitney Stables. She is now the assistant racing and breeding manager for Mrs. Whitney.


    Friday, April 25, 2014

    ~~Friday, April 25, 2014
    Race 1
    #4 Conquest Tsunami was an expensive yearling purchase. The colt has a couple of sharp works over the course. #6 Banksy is a filly taking on the boys for the Wesley Ward barn. The barn is winning at 28% with 2 year olds. #3 It’ll Be Fine has a race over the course.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #3 It’ll Be Fine, #4 Conquest Tsunami, #6 Banksy, #1A Storm Off
    Cost $12
    Race 2
    #5 Winter’s Gift was the beaten favorite in his last. He has turned in a few nice works since that one and expect him to improve here. #1 Squidalem finished 3rd last out just beaten a length. Shortens up and drops this time, should be competitive again. 1A Nap Valley has a race over the course and adds blinkers this time.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #1 Squidalem, #5 Winter’s Gift, #1A Napa Valley, #2 Kiwi Notion
    Cost $12
    Race 3
    #7 Dissension is fresh off the claim. The filly has been quite popular at the claim box. She is a consistent performer and looks strong in this spot. #4Corporate Culture has been off awhile but barn is very good with first off the layoff. She has been competitive with good company throughout her form. #1 Wholelotofroyalty won her last in gate to wire fashion and makes her first start here for the Maker barn.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #1 Wholelotaroyalty, #4 Corporate Culture, #7 Dissension, #8 Chelsea Road
    Cost $12
    Race 4
    #6 Exploring is taking a significant drop in class and shortens up to 6 furlongs. Barn is having a really good meet. #3 Tiree is also dropping in class and is making his 3rd start of this cycle. #8 Gentlemens Code can boast the best last Beyer speed figure and has been working well over the track.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #6 Exploring, #3 Tiree, #8 Gentelmens Code, #11 Vita Desiderata
    Cost $12
    Race 5
    #3 Mister Lucky Cat had a good campaign at Monmouth last fall sprinting. He has a race since the layoff and should be sharp here. #4 Countercyclical has very impressive Beyer Speed figures but do question if he can bring it on the grass. Still not leaving him out of exotics. #6 Tell All You Know finished 3rd in the Turf Dash $100K last out and is a contender.
    .10 Superfecta Box
    #1 Mister Lucky Cat, #1 Stormy Rocit, #4 Countercyclical, #6 Tell All You Know, #8 Helm
    Cost $12
    Race 6
    #7 Tis Duet is making her 2nd start of her career. She should improve off that one and will use her to try to beat the 9-5 morning line favorite #2 Elysian. That filly has a race over the course finishing 2nd for the Motion barn. #10 Boom Boom Vroom also has a start over the Keeneland course and should return sharp.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #2 Elysian, #7 Tis Duet, #9 Slews Golden Rule, #10 Boom Boom Vroom
    Cost $12
    .50 Late Pick 4
    Race 7
    #1 Miz Lee, #5 Borbaala, #8 Fashion Fund, #12 Taylor Lane
    Race 8
    #4 Similu, #7 Keening, #9 Kitty Wine, #10 Tap Twenty One
    Race 9
    #2 Optimizer, #5 Temeraine, #10 Tricky Hat, #13 Forte Dei Marmi
    Race 10
    #2 Dreaming of Kitten, #6 Shakesperian Dream
    Cost $64

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