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    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.

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    ~~Thursday, April 23, 2014
    Race 1
    #6 Anniebear comes over with the Motion barn. That barn is having a good meet. She has solid works and she is by Tale of the Cat which is a plus on the poly going short. #3 Beauty Sisters hails from the Wesley Ward barn. Barn is always dangerous with 2 year olds in the spring at Keeneland. #2 Kalamity Jane draws Rosie to the saddle.
    .10 Superfecta Box
    #2 Kalamity Jane, #3 Beauty Sisters, #5 Haveyouseenmypappy, #5 Annniebear, #8 Spanish Pipedream
    Cost $12
    Race 2
    #7 Regulus has the poly track form to suggest he could show up here. He tired in his last, first off the layoff, and should have gained some needed fitness from that one. He should bring some value at the windows. 1 and 1A are the 8-5 morning line favorite. 1A Lay It Down turned in a solid effort here the first week of the meet and takes a drop in class here. #3 Bowmans’ Causeway was gaining ground in his last start over the poly and should be able to round out the exotics again with these.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #1A Lay It Down, #3 Bowman’s Causeway, #7 Regulus, #8 North of Never
    Cost $12
    Race 3
    #2 Olympic Avenue was well beaten in her last start but she drops in class and has proven capable of better efforts. She broke her maiden here at Keeneland by almost 5 lengths posting an 82 Beyer speed figure. If she can come close to that performance she gets her picture taken. #8 Dream Softly has strong form for 3 starts but hasn’t run since November. She’s good enough to be dangerous with these but may need a race before finding the winners circle. Still can’t leave out of exotics. #6 Indygo F M A is making her first start off the claim for the Wesley Ward barn. Barn is at 50% winners first off the claim as of this writing.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #1 Book Club, #2 Olympic Avenue, #6 Indygo F M A, #8 Dream Softly
    Cost $12
    Race 4
    #8 Malibu Springs is making his 4th start of this cycle and liked his effort last out. Barn likes to develop horses by racing and this colt looks like he is ready to turn in a winning performance. #9 Hines, from the Pletcher barn, has 2 starts under his belt and so far hasn’t broke all that well but comes running. He has had a bit of break since his last and expect him to have overcome his gate troubles and be a player in this one. #14 Majestic Sunset, if he draws in, has a 2nd place finish over the course and likely gets on the board again.
    $10 to win and place
    #8 Malibu Springs
    Cost $20
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #8 Malibu Springs, #9 Hines, #11 Stroll to Victory
    Cost $6
    Add in #13 Majestic Sunset if he draws in.
    Cost $12
    Race 5
    #3 Dillinger broke his maiden in gate to wire fashion and could see him pulling off a repeat of that performance here. #1 Holy Whirl Wind can boast some pretty strong Beyer numbers and comes over fresh. #2 Treasury Bill finished 4th in the Super Derby last out. He has had plenty of time to recover from that effort. He probably needs more ground but looks good enough to finish strong with these.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #1 Holy Whirl Wind, #2 Treasury Bill, #3 Dillinger, #9 Command Force
    Cost $12
    .50 Late Pick 4
    Race 6
    #1 Can’thelpbelieving, #3 Scoria, #6 Sly Tom
    Race 7
    #1 Morpheus, #2 Whatthecatdrugin, #8 Charming Kitten
    Race 8
    #9 Romantica, #10 Caroline Thomas, #11 Aigue Marine, #12 Inimitable Romanee
    Race 9
    #12 Bergman, #8 Exultant, #9 Format V.
    Cost $54





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