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E.g., 2014-04-24

    Tom Leach

    Tom Leach is “the Voice of the Wildcats” for football and men’s basketball and a contributor to Keeneland.com as well. He is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award for radio coverage of thoroughbred racing. During race meets, check out Keeneland’s You Tube channel for his trainer and jockey interviews ahead of major stakes races and listen for the weekly “In The Money” podcast with Tom and Jim Goodman at keenelandselect.com. You can follow Tom’s coverage of the Cats at tomleachky.com.


    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

     

    WEDNESDAY / April 23

    Race 1:  (2) Spartan King has won here already, gets a jockey switch to Stewart Elliott and has six wins from nine starts on synthetic tracks.  (3) Shoot the Loop is the one to beat, as his latest workout was written up by the clockers for how sharp it was.  Exactas keying 2 & 3 over 2,3,1,9  (note:  speed was hard to beat on Saturday so pay attention to how the track is playing early)

    Race 2:  (9) Risk and Return goes for the Amoss barn, which is having a good meet with limited starters.  Amoss is 40 percent with maidens making their second start and may show some needed speed in this spot.  Exacta boxes:  9-11, 9-6, 9-5

    Race 3:  (8) Solid South picks up Leparoux, who is not a regular pilot for this barn, suggesting the rider may have some added confidence to take this call.  Also, this one has handled synthetics before.  I liked the effort by (4) Purely Boy last time and (7) I Am the King has demonstrated an affinity for this surface, so look for value in this race.  Exacta box of 8-7-4-11

    Race 4:  (9) Misszippitylewda is bred to love turf sprints, being by City Zip, and this is horse is on the improve.  (6) Ms Hoochie Coochie has experience in the turf sprint division and the trainer does well with this type, yet might provide good value.  Exacta box of 9-6-10-11

    Race 5:  (5) Charismatic Pulpit ran his best race here and goes second-off-a-layoff, which is a 21 percent angle for this trainer, as are his starters running on synthetic.  Exacta boxes:  5-4, 5-1, 5-7

    Race 6:  (5) Passing Pfast was apparently a private purchase after the debut win and now shows up here in the Motion barn.  Looks live to me but either of the Clement trainees, (11) Valseuse or (2) Sea Queen must be strongly considered.  Exacta box of  5-11-2

    Race 7:  (4) Lady Marian had trouble last time out and gets Leparoux in the saddle today.  Also, I like that this one showed a touch of speed last fall and that tractibility could prove valuable in this spot.  Exacta boxes:  4-3, 4-5, 4-7

    Race 8:  (7) Chat was well-bet in a debut win in Europe last fall, plus has strong connections and a pedigree to run well in this venue.  Exacta boxes:  7-8, 7-2, 7-1

    Late Pick 4 part-wheel:  5,4,1,7 with 5,11,2 with 4,3,5,8 with 7

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