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

E.g., 2014-04-17

    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.


    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    ~~Sunday, April 13, 2014
    Race 1
    #4 Savvy N Speightful has the synthetic experience and like her big Tomlinson number for the distance. #5 In Tall Cotton is another with synthetic experience and she is making her 2nd start off the layoff. #7 Clear the Clover has been off a long time but her previous form suggests she can be competitive with these and her work tab is solid.
    $2 Exacta Box
    #4 Savvy N Speightful, #5 In Tall Cotton, #7 Clear the Clover
    Cost $12
    Race 2
    #2 Billy Two Hats just missed last out in his first try with blinkers on. Looks solid with this bunch. #5 Tarpy’s Goal has been on the board his last 3 starts and fits with these. #6 Visionary Ruler looks like he needs the lead and can probably hang around for part.
    $10 to win and place
    #2 Billy Two Hats
    Cost $20
    Race 3
    #8 Moon Back More broke his maiden last out and took the winter off. Looking for a soft spot for his return and he found it. #1A Rumblefortheroses drops in class for the Pletcher barn. #4 Victory Courts just missed in first try on the turf and could be a player here.
    $1 Trifecta Box
    #1A Rumblefortheroses, #4 Victory Courts, #8 Moon Back More
    Cost $6
    Race 4
    #4 Demander looks much the best in here off his last race.  He closed fast in that one and expect him to be just as sharp here. #5 Signature Seven is looking for the hat trick. He should have plenty of confidence coming in to this one. 1A Niigon Express hasn’t missed a check in 3 starts.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #4 Demander, #5 Signature Seven, #6 Rhythm Blues, 1A Niigon Express
    Cost $12
    Race 5
    #4 Poppy’s Dream is coming off a long layoff but expect McPeek to have him ready to go. #5 Jannes Paul dropping a bit in class and looks strong with these. #6 Justanewkidintown didn’t run much in his first start but has been working well and should improve.
    .50 Trifecta Bet
    #3 Shy Society, #4 Poppy’s Dream, #5 Jannes Paul, #6 Justanewkidintown
    Cost $12
    .50 Late Pick 4
    Race 6
    #3 Golden Joop, #5 Assured, #6 Frivolous, #8 Naples Gold
    Race 7
    #1 Winning Cause, #7 Utley, #8 Mister Marti Gras
    Race 8
    #3 Ready to Act, #4 Sweet Whiskey, #6 Richies Party Girl
    Race 9
    #2 Somali Lemonade, #3 Filimbi, #12 Northern Passion
    Cost $54
     

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