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    Mike Battaglia

    Mike is Keeneland’s longtime odds maker and is recognized as being one of the best handicappers in America. In addition to his duties at Keeneland, he is a racing analyst for NBC’s Thoroughbred racing coverage.


    Sunday, April 24, 2016

    1st Race: BELIEF (#2) was third when dropped to this level last out. Give her the edge in a fairly weak claiming race. PAIGE GOT EVEN (#5) drew off to win easily against a weaker field at Mahoning but does seem to be improving and is the one to beat. SMILINGSUNDAE (#3) is a definite threat.

     

    2nd Race: BRACIGLIANO (#5) lost all chance when he hopped at the start in a race here on opening day. Maker moves him up in class for this one but he is capable of winning with Javier Castellano picking up the mount. DEL MAR SUNSET (#1) drops in class after a solid effort at Oaklawn and anything close to his best would make him tough to beat. PROFLUENT (#2) is a contender in a tough race.

     

    3rd Race: FLATTER ME BIG (#5) was an impressive winner here on opening day. He was claimed from that one by trainer Tom Amoss and looks like a good bet to make it two in a row despite the class hike. STREET MOXIE (#2) is one of two in here trained by Joe Sharp. He drops in class and ran well over this track in October. RARE ART (#3) is the other Sharp trainee. He posted a near bullet work on Sunday and has to be respected.

     

    4th Race: LT'S BEST TALE (#6) has been idle since October but drops in for a tag for his return. He has been training steadily and Corey Lanerie is named to ride. HARD LABOR (#3) is a 3-year-old taking on older runners but he is lightly raced and eligible to improve. BANKERS HOLIDAY (#7) also takes the class drop.

     

    5th Race: SISTER BLUES (#6) had to drop in for a tag to win last out but that was an impressive score in her first try on the grass. She is facing much better today but is training well and could make it two in a row. WALKING THE KITTEN (#2) comes off two solid efforts at Fair Grounds. She figures to be tough but hasn't won a race since 2014. DYNA'S RECOLETA (#8) has been off since October but hooked stakes runners in Canada and has to be respected.

     

    6th Race: CONQUEST STREETWAR (#3) exits a couple of decent races at Oaklawn and appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden win for trainer Mark Casse and jockey Jose Lezcano. POWER DRIVEN (#7) closed strongly to finish second last out is a $50,000 maiden claimer. This is a tougher spot but he looks dangerous. VILMA (#5) has a race over the track and is a contender.

     

    7th Race: CIRCUS PERFORMER (#4) is a lightly raced 4-year-old from the Todd Pletcher barn. He was seventh in a tough allowance race over this turf course and is bred to love the added distance. Give him the slight edge in here. BOKEELIA ISLAND (#3) beat the top pick last out. He has never run a bad race on the grass and is the main competition. TOBIAS (#9) is proven at the mile and a half and could add value to the gimmicks.

     

    8th Race: STYLISH QUALITY (#3) and DELAY OF GAME (#7) finished a half-length apart behind a runaway winner at Gulfstream. It's tough to separate the two but give a slight edge to the former off her race last year at Belmont. ETIQUETTE (#5) is training well for her 4-year-old debut.

     

    9th Race: KISMET'S HEELS (#6) is back in against maidens after being beaten just 2½ lengths in the Palm Beach (G3). She looks like a solid bet to win at short odds. BAIRES BOY (#5) ran well in his turf debut and figures second best. CONQUEST SABRE CAT (#4) is a contender. 

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