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SATURDAY, April 22
Race 1: Awesometastic (3) drops from straight maiden company for the Walsh barn, which has sent out several good runners this spring. Use this one in an exacta box with Giovanna Ponti, Milady Rocks and Stay Spicy. Exacta box of 3-1-5-6
Race 2: Forty Acres (3) showed big improvement in the first start over this track and the horse he beat came back to win, so this one should be tough to handle here. Key him in exactas with Kapellmeister, Smarty Kitten and Mesoma. Exacta boxes 3-4, 3-1, 3-2
Race 3: Limousine Liberal (4) makes a major class drop and this looks like a case of a trainer looking to get a confidence-builder for his horse before sending him back into stakes company. Key this one on top in exactas with Tizmatized and No Hiding Place. Exacta part-wheel 4 with 2,1
Race 4: Princess Dinah (5) ran big in his first start here and the first start for a new trainer. Key that one in exactas with Ginger Stone, Blonde in the City, Color Me Blush and Venetian. Exacta boxes 5-1, 5-3, 5-8, 5-6
Race 5: Bitty Kitty (5) likes the Keeneland turf course and the Gulfstream shippers always do well in the spring meet here. Key her in exactas with Flipcup, Kyllachy Queen and Susie Bee. Exacta boxes 5-1, 5-2, 5-7
Race 6: Meantime (7) caught two stellar groups in his Gulfstream races and he should appreciate what looks to be a softer bunch here. Key him in exactas with Tapsolute, Vandelay and Encrypt. Exacta boxes 7-4, 7-5, 7-3
Race 7: Enchantera (5) takes a class drop from a tough field last time and this one has also won here in the past. Westfest, Stone, Entertainer and Masterofthehouse are the ones Ill use with him. Exacta boxes 5-6, 5-3, 5-1, 5-2
Race 8: Jersey Street (7) shows dirt races that are quite good and he also ran well here last year. Key that one in exactas with Aquamarine, Bam Bam Bryan and Lenstar. Exacta boxes 7-6, 7-5, 7-3
Race 9: in the grade 2 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes, there is no standout so I'm looking for a good price and I settled on Charming Kitten (9). He comes out of a tough races and after a series of five works, this one could move forward enough to turn the tables on horses that beat him in the last two. He also has good form on a less-than-firm turf course. Use him in an exacta box with Taghleeb, Bigger Picture, Danish Dynaformer and Red Rifle. Exacta box of 9-8-5-2-3
Race 10: Golden Domer (7) ran well versus a good bunch at Gulfstream and this is another one from the Walsh barn that was referenced earlier. Clever Serve and Awestruck will also be in a three-horse exacta box for me. Exacta box of 7-9-2
Pick 4 (starts in race 7): 5,3 with 7,6,5,3 with 9,8,2,5,3 with 7,2,9