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    Jeremy Plonk

    Jeremy Plonk has worked in the racing industry professionally for 20 years and has been a statistical consultant to Keeneland, Del Mar and Oaklawn Park, as well as NBC Sports and ESPN. He has been a national racing columnist for ESPN.com and Daily Racing Form and is the owner of Horse Player NOW, creators of the Night School national fan education program. A former chart caller for Equibase, he continues to be a public handicapper in the Horse Player NOW BUZZ report.


    Sunday, October 19, 2014

    Jeremy Plonk’s Keeneland Keys for Sunday, October 19, 2014

     

    What to Watch for Today: The turf marathoners take center stage among the older fillies and mares in the $125,000 Dowager Stakes, headlining a 9-race card on the final Sunday of the Fall Meet. The closing week Wednesday-through-Saturday menu still awaits a spectacular meeting. After Saturday's toteboard fireworks with 18/1, 32/1 and 37/1 winners - and an early 50-cent pick four that paid more than $24,000, it's anything goes to wrap up the week!

     

    Follow me on raceday two ways, either in the live blog/chat at the Keeneland website (http://www.keeneland.com/racing/racing-live-coverage) – also available on your mobile devices – or on Twitter @Keeenelandracing, where I provide up-to-the-minute picks and analysis.

     

    Weather: Mostly sunny skies with temps reaching the high 50s are forecasted with very little wind. It should be a great day for racing and race-watching.

     

    Keeneland Handicapping 101: Today we're going to break format and give you a sneak peek inside my daily key plays in the Horse Player NOW BUZZ report. It's a free preview of sorts, and my best attacks of the Sunday card at Keeneland as offered each day.

     

    RACE 3

    Win Bet, Top Slot Trifecta Key

    #3 Lonelily: Exits a strong race at Kentucky Downs and will be super-fit shortening the trip; bred to like course.

     

    Underneath Trifecta Additions

    #8 Empiress Maker: Motion’s runners are on point right now and this one has pedigree for the surface.

    #2 Candy Crush: Nibbler for good connections draws well and should be in the top 4 mix with late move.

    #9 Etna’s Anger: Love the way Lopez riding putting horses right into the race; should press/stalk at a price.

    WIN TICKET: 3 = spend to your budget

    TRIFECTA TICKET: 3 with 8,2,9 with ALL = $15 for each $.50 play

     

    RACE 6

    Win Bet, Daily Double Key, Pick Three Key, Top Slot Trifecta Key

    #2 Galileo’s Moon: Bred to want more distance than debut mile and moved swiftly into slow fractions.

     

    Underneath Exacta Additions

    #1 La Majestique: Comes out of same potential key race as Race 3 top pick Lonelily.  

    #3 Smart Ashley: 10-for-12 in the trifecta without a win, a natural for this kind of ticket placement.

    #6 Freethinker: Oliver barn capable of popping on the turf at a price at Kee and exits same key race as #1.

    WIN TICKET: 2 = spend to your budget

    DAILY DOUBLE TICKET: 2-6 = spend to your budget

    PICK THREE TICKET: 2 with 6 with 2,3 = $2 for each $1 play

    TRIFECTA TICKET: 2 with 1,3,6 with ALL = $15 for each $.50 play

     

    RACE 7

    Win Bet, Daily Double Key

    #6 Riyadh: Overcame trouble to be a highly promising group of well-bred older MSWs. Wins right back.

    WIN TICKET: 6 = spend to your budget

    DAILY DOUBLE TICKET: 6 with 2,3 = $2 for each $1 play

     

    RACE 8

    Top Slot Trifecta Keys

    #2 Cat’s Claw: Love sons of Dynaformer at Kee marathon trips; adds Lasix for master horseman Sheppard.

    #3 Appealing Cat: More Dynaformer blood on the damside and Motion-Napravnik won colts’ version Thurs.

     

    Underneath Trifecta Additions

    #10 I O Ireland: Run all day type is pace versatile and that plays out well over a turf marathon.

    #13 Caroline Thomas: Very talented filly when she puts it together but doesn’t always bring her A game.

    #9 First Romance: You can never have too many Dynaformers on your ticket over this turf trip at Kee.

    #14 White Rose: Tapits run well over this turf and Mott’s going well at the meet; inconsistent but capable.

    TRIFECTA TICKET: 2,3 keyed over 2,3,10,13,9,14

    = $20 for each $.50 play

     

    Feel free to drop me an E-mail anytime at Jeremy@Horseplayernow.com.

     

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