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Please note that selections typically are available about 48 hours in advance of the race.

E.g., June 4

    Kim Nelson

    Kim has been involved with horses all her life. She has worked with pregnant mares, prepping yearlings, managed lay-up barns, exercise rider, assistant trainer and has trained a few of her own horses. She is also very involved in the placement of retired thoroughbreds once their racing careers are over. Kim worked as a handicapper for the Daily Racing form for 5 years before starting her work with Keeneland.


    Friday, April 29, 2016

    Race 1

    #1 Little Cherie is making a significant drop in class and brings a bullet work. #3 Spontaneity comes off a nice maiden win in the slop for $40K. #2 Swimming Pretty has the early speed to show the way.

    Selections

    #1, #3 and #2

    Race 2

    #3 Ginger Stone has a race over the track finishing 2nd at this level. She could find the winners circle here. #1 Lady Ann was caught at the wire in her last race over the Keeneland course for this price. She shortens up here and is a threat. #6 Burstall finished a nice 3rd in her recent start here and drops for half off that one.

    Selections

    #3, #1 and #6

    Race 3

    #4 First Thought looks like Graham may be able to jump out on the lead and never look back. #6 A Band Apart finished a very close 3rd in his last and has a shot in this one. #2 Meeteetse Fly well beaten before the winter break but returns in a much softer spot and has been working well.

    Selections

    #4, #6 and #2

    Race 4

    #7 Derby Champagne got a little anxious in his last start and ended up spitting the bit. Still love a Pulpit on the grass here and love George Arnold to pull an upset. #1A Billy’s Kitten is the early favorite bringing an 82 Beyer speed figure from his 2nd career start and just missing by a nose. #4 Town Classic may take the lead here but expect him to rate and have something left in the tank to finish up strong.

    Selections

    #7, #1a and #4

    Race 5

    #4 Maniacal is a first time Gelding and brings a bullet work. #6 Zanotti is making his 2nd career start and adds Lasix. #3 Bird Song is a well-bred firster for the Zito barn.

    Selections

    #4, #6 and #3

    $.50 Early Pick 4

    Race 2

    #1, #3

    Race 3

    #3, #1, #4, #6

    Race 4

    #1, #4, #7

    Race 5

    #3, #4, #6

    Cost $36

    Race 6

    #7 Stina appreciated the stretch out in distance last out and could repeat a win here. #4 She’s Messi is making her 3rd start of this form cycle. She just ran 8 days ago to no avail but she moves to 2 turns this time. #1 Flatter Me Zanja is a consistent performer and fits well here.

    Selections

    #7, #4 and #1

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1, #3, #4, #7

    Cost $12

    Race 7

    #6 Honovi gets first time Lasix and Paco Lopez. Love the pedigree for this distance on the grass. #7 Gimlet exits stakes company and he too has the pedigree to love this distance. #3 Tequila Joe is coming off a winter layoff and barn is very strong with this sort.

    Selections

    #6, #7 and #3

    Race 8

    #6 Twilight Appeal may be the one to pick up the pieces if the 2 favorites go at it early. #2 Spank easy winner last time out. #3 Classy Grey Lassy drew away by 10 in her first start.

    Selections

    #6, #2 and #3

    Race 9

    #8 Olorda a multiple Graded Stakes winner looks to be the one to beat. Leparoux stays in the saddle and he is very good on this turf course. #11 Generosidade is a Graded Stakes winner at this distance. #6 Button Down has 3 seconds in 3 tries at this distance and she too is a Graded Stakes winner on the grass.

    Selections

    #8, #11 and #6

    Race 10

    #7 Boogiewoogiedancin can be a bit of a handful but if she keeps her cool could take this field gate to wire. #5 Shoppingwithbill is 2nd time Lasix and looks to improve this start. #4 Sault Starr deserves a look.

    Selections

    #7, #5 and #4

    $.50 Late Pick 4

    Race 7

    #3, #6, #7, #12

    Race 8

    #2, #3, #6

    Race 9

    #8

    Race 10

    #5, #7

    Cost $12

     

     

     

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