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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 19, 2015

    1st Race: EUFAULA (#2) drops back in for a tag after hooking better in her last two. She should handle the move back to the dirt and rates the edge in the opener. KITTEN’S JOURNEY (#3) is dropped in for a tag for the first time after an easy maiden win at Turfway. She will be tough at this level. MAGGIE SUE (#1) fits with these.

    2nd Race: HARD GRACE (#7) drops in class for and seems to have found a soft spot. LINDA’S KITTEN (#5) was claimed by Joe Sharp and ran well in the slop last out. A wet track makes her dangerous today. PUNKIN’S PRIDE (#8) is lightly raced and eligible to improve.

    3rd Race: POLITICAL JUSTICE (#4) won his first race back after being claimed by Ramseys/Maker. He has trained sharply since that score and looks like a solid bet to make it two in a row with Javier Castellano picking up the mount. HOW BOUT THAT (#7) looked god winning his 4-year-old debut at Gulfstream. He moves up in class for this one but is the one to beat. PADEN (#3) ran poorly here on opening day but is capable of better.

    4th Race: BRINK OF WAR (#3) faded in the stretch after chasing Magical Moment in a quick race at Fair Grounds. That one came back to win impressively over this track and the runner-up won next out at Hawthorne. This is an easier spot and a return to his best form would make him hard to beat today. A. P. CORSAIR (#7) comes off two dull efforts but has won nine races and has to be respected. SHUT UP CHRIS (#2) will like the move back to dirt and can add value to the gimmicks.

    5th Race: STRICT COMPLIANCE (#11) comes off an impressive maiden win at Gulfstream and trainer Chad Brown has won with five of his nine turf starters this meet. Give her the edge if this one stays on the grass. MY SWEET GIRL (#6) posted a recent bullet work and broke her maiden on the Gulfsstream dirt. She rates the edge if the rain forces this one to the main track. CARA MARIE (#10) looked like a filly with potential with a blowout win at Turfway.

    6th Race: SPINNER (#1) hooked good fields in both of his races in Florida. Trainer Nick Zito's horses usually improve with racing and this one could spring the mild upset in a well-matched maiden test. REVEREND GREEN (#7) is training very well for his debut and looks like a solid threat. SYLVEN PARK (#8) ran well on the grass in his only start and shouldn't mind the move to dirt.

    7th Race: SPYIN FEELIN (#1) was an impressive debut winner but came back to finish dead last as the favorite in her next start. She as trained well since coming to Kentucky and if she runs back to her best she should win here. CORA MESA (#3) has just one win in 27 starts but she will be running at the end and should figure in the gimmicks. DELILAHJANE (#7) rates a chance.

    8th Race: ONE KING’S MAN (#13) is entered for the main track only by trainer Joe Sharp and he would be the solid pick if this one is rained off of the turf. KHARAFA (#9) has been off since October but has been training sharply for his return and looks like a winner if it goes on the grass. IRON POWER (#4) is a contender on either surface.

    9th Race: C'MON CAT (#1) ran a decent race last out and broke his maiden at Churchill in November. He hooks a fairly weak bunch and his best would be good enough to win this one. RELENTLESS SPIRIT (#3) is the one to beat. THE SCHWAM (#5) posted a good local work and is a contender.




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