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    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.


    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    ~~Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Race 1
    #6 Forget That Gal looks like the one to beat here. She is coming off a 2nd place finish earlier in the meet and drops for half of her last. #2 With Diamonds has had a 1st and 2nd in 2 starts this year and looks strong enough to land a share here. #5 Iron Ginny smoked her competition in her last out and has a solid work over the course.
    $2 Daily Double
    #6 Forget That Gal w/
    #3 Circle the World, #4 Sky Racer, #3 Zip It Kim
    Cost $6
    Race 2
    #3 Circle the World has a good work and gets the bug rider for the Wesley barn. #2 Sky Racer has top connections and a solid work tab. 1A Zip it Kim also has a sharp work over the course.
    .10 Superfecta Box
    #2 Hootenanny, #1A Zip It Kim, #3 Circle The World, #4 Sky Racer
    Cost $2.40
    Race 3
    #8 Secret Someone improved her game significantly over the turf last out. She has plenty of pedigree and all the right connections to win here. #7 Code Name Ava has been away awhile but looks to be training well and draws Leparoux to the irons. #5 Treaty Oak may need to lay a little closer up than in her last, but she is coming in fresh and Rosie gets back in the saddle.
    $5 to win and place
    #8 Secret Someone
    Cost $10
    .10 Superfecta Box
    #3 Attainment, #4 La Bruna Forte, #5 Treaty Oak, #7 Code Name Ava, #8 Secret Someone
    Cost $12
    Race 4
    #11 Wild Swava is even money on the morning line. She is looking for a hat trick coming out of Gulfstream. She is a solid performer. #2 War of Ages is also looking for a hat trick with 2 wins in 2 starts this year. Her form suggests she will be a game competitor. #7 Cherishd Obsession also looking for hat trick, won in gate to wire fashion last time. First off the claim for her and she could hold on for part.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #6 War of Ages, #7 Cherishd Obsession, #9 Rob and Jon’s Girl, #11 Wild Swava
    Cost $12
    Race 5
    #1 Breaking Doors has been away since November but work tab is good over the Keeneland course. Leparoux signs up for the ride and like him for the win. #11 Irish Ninja is making his 2nd start, first for the Asmussen barn. Barn is very good with young horses and expect to see this one land a share. #3 Dr. Abramson is first time starter for the McPeek barn and like his solid work tab.
    .10 Superfecta Box
    #1 Breaking Doors, #3 Dr. Abramson, #4 Uncle Muggs, #5 Kite, #11 Irish Ninja
    Cost $12
    .50 Late Pick 4
    Race 6
    #1 Dream Man, #4 Draw Two, #7 Formidable Heart, #3 Lengendary
    Race 7
    #5 E Built This City, #1 Maco Light, #3 Annoy, #2 Henny Jenney
    Race 8
    #3 Lacarolina
    Race 9
    #2 Alaskan Bird, #6 Aunty Pearl, #9 Jock’s Girl
    Cost $24

     

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