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THURSDAY / April 17
Race 1: (2) With Diamonds is on the upswing and has shown an affinity for synthetic surfaces. Rosie Napravnik takes the mount and that seals the deal here. (6) Forget this Gal is the one to beat. Exacta boxes 2-6, 2-3, 2-5
Race 2: (4) Sky Racer is the best guess here, when you're talking 2-year olds with no form. The 47-flat workout on April 12 suggests this one is ready to fire first time out. Exacta boxes: 4-3, 4-2
Race 3: (8) Secret Someone is the only horse coming off the Gulfstream circuit and that form usually tranfers well in spots like this. Also, her only turf race was her best figure. (7) Code Name Ava is the one to beat, with Leparoux taking that mount over our pick. Exacta box of 8-7-5-4
Race 4: (12) Friend's Mistress has the speed to steal this one and speed seemed to be doing better yesterday as the day wore on. Stewart Elliott in the saddle adds to the appeal with the way he's been riding lately and the big class drop for the morning-line favorite in here makes me think that one may not be at its best. Exacta boxes: 12-11, 12-9, 12-6
Race 5: (8) Otokogoi had trouble in its debut and trainer Graham Motion is good with maidens making their second start. The other Motion trainee, (4) Uncle Muggs, is worth a long look, too, as you figure to get a good price on either one. Exacta keying 8 & 4 over 8,4,9, 1/1A
Race 6: (8) Bellarmine goes third off a layoff for McPeek, whose horses are running well this spring. He's good on the dirt-to-turf move and as an offspring of an Alydar mare, this one should welcome the marathon distance. Exacta boxes: 8-4, 8-1, 8-2, 8-6
Race 7: (5) E Built This City posted his best figure in his 3-year old debut and could improve off that. Also, this one ran well here and shows a good workout here at Keeneland. Exacta boxes: 5-4, 5-2, 5-1
Race 8: (1) Recepta showed great promise last summer and fall and this one is training well for the 3-year old debut. I talked with trainer Jimmy Toner (see Keeneland's YouTube channel) yesterday and he says they were pointing for this race since that turf debut win last fall. Exacta boxes: 1-4, 1-3, 1-5, 1-9
Race 9: (10) Shy Rosa caught a good one in the last and may find this spot much easier. Exacta boxes: 10-11, 10-9, 10-6
Late Pick 4 part-wheel (starts in race 6): 1,2,4,5,6,8 with 1,4,5 with 1,3,4,9 with 10