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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.


    Friday, April 11, 2014

    ~~Friday, April 11, 2014
    Race 1
    #2 Jomelo is making his 2nd start off the layoff and his last was respectable. He should be sharp in this one. #4 Tiz Sardonic Joe has been lightly raced in recent form but he has kept very tough company in those races. He should like this spot. #5 Whatthecatdrugin has the early foot and the numbers to suggest he will be dangerous.
    $2 Exacta Box
    #2 Jomelo, #4 Tiz Sardonic, #5 Whatthecatdrugin
    Cost $12
    Race 2
    #9 Bustle is the morning line favorite and deservingly so. She is making her 3rd start of the year and has landed in with a tad softer company than she has been facing. #2 Jane’s Heir is a consistent sort that looks good enough to land a share here. #1 Chincero has the early speed and the rail.
    .10 Superfecta Box
    #1 Chinchero, #2 Jane’s Heir, #6 Sapphire Breeze, #7 Tellalittlesecret, #9 Bustle
    Cost $12
    Race 3
    #8 Dynamical is turning back in distance and looks like he could fit with these. He has synthetic experience including a win over the Keeneland course. #6 Chalice draws Leparoux to the irons and is making his 2nd off the layoff. #9 Tiree is also making his 2nd off the layoff and comes out of a tough race at Gulfstream.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #3 Barzini, #6 Chalice, #1 Dynamical, #9 Tiree
    Cost $12
    Race 4
    #10 Sabbatical is first off the layoff but this well-bred filly’s barn hits at 22% off the layoff. She gets Lasix for the first time too. #11 Kathreenas Moon turned in a strong debut effort and has been working really well for this one. #9 Deep Thought is debuting for the Lopresti barn.
    .10 Superfecta Box
    #2 Lipstick Junky, #5 My Fashion, #9 Deep Thought, #1 Sabbatical, #11 Kathreenas Moon
    Cost $12
    Race 5
    #10 Praia is coming off the winter break but this good filly is 2 for 2 at Keeneland and McPeek should have her ready to fire. #11 Riposte has ran well with tough company and she gets Lasix for the first time here. #3 Bold Kitten turned in a good effort at this distance on the turf in her last. Top connections bring her over and expect her to be a player.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #2 Malibu Yankee, #3 Bold Kitten, #10 Praia, #11 Riposte
    Cost $12
    Race 6
    #6 Spring Blosson is a very well-bred filly from the Pletcher barn. She hasn’t run since January but she has been turning in solid works. #2 Colonel Joan finished 3rd in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Filly turf after a tough start. She gets Lasix for the first time here and looks tough. #2 Ma Billet Doux is another getting Lasix for the first time and has turned in a couple of good works over the Keeneland course.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #2 Ma Billet Doux, #6 Spring Blossom, #8 Contestant, #11 Colonel Joan
    Cost $12
    .50 Late Pick 4
    Race 7
    #5 Greengrassofyoming, #2 Maserati, #4 Empire Knight, #8 Sayler’s Creek
    Race 8
    #6 Granny Mc’s Kitten, #4 Streethomealabama, #1 Playful Love, #9 Handmade
    Race 9
    #3 Wise Dan, #1 Za Approval
    Race 10
    #7 Well Versed, #2 Tiz Tebow Time, #3 Skestos, #9 Offlee Sinister, #8 Bold Visionary
    Cost $80
     

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