Let our experts help you handicap the day's races at Keeneland. To see the analysis provided by each handicapper, choose a handicapper name on the left, then choose a date.
Please note that selections typically are available about 48 hours in advance of the race.
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.
THURSDAY, April 20
Race 1: Jemrose (3) might be catching a softer group than what he faced last time at the Fairgrounds and from post three, this one might make the lead in a paceless race. Key Jemrose in exactas with Tiz Gig Gee and Stormfield. Exacta boxes 3-1, 3-6
Race 2: Ultima D (8) is a first-timer from the Ward barn and she gets the nod on that angle. Use her in an exacta box with Asmussen firster Buy Sell Hold and Boom Pow Pow, who might improve in the second try over this surface. Exacta box of 8-1-2
Race 3: Puca (2) only lost by two lengths to Dickinson last time and that one came back to win the grade 1 Coolmoore Jenny Wiley last Saturday. A good local work adds to the appeal. Key her in exactas with Shaan, Princess Princess and Havana Dream. Exacta boxes 2-3, 2-8, 2-4
Race 4: She Stays Rollin (5) is a Ward first-time starter so you have to start there but since these are two-year olds, considering adding Waki Patriot (second start of the meet) and apid At Ann. Both are form the Hancock barn, which does well with two-year olds. Exacta boxes 5-3, 5-10
Race 5: I like both Proctor trainees here--Keep Talking (5) and Caribou Club (3). Give a slight edge to the former because of starts this year while the other is coming off a layoff. I'll put those two in a four-horse exacta box with Transatlantic Kiss and Ancient Warfare. Exacta box of 5-3-10-8
Race 6: Coal Front (9) is a first-timer from Pletcher with Castellano in the saddle and in a race with no standout, I'll take that one. Use him in exactas with Faction Cat, Fifth Title and Northern. Exacta boxes 9-3, 9-2, 9-5
Race 7: Conquest Babayaga (2) ran his best race in the first start for a new trainer and shows good local works. Give me that one as the key horse in exactas with Lira, Crooked Stick, Fleet Bertie, Theophilia, Insta Erma and Queen Caroline. Exacta boxes 2-8, 2-5, 2-10, 2-3, 2-7, 2-11
Race 8: Pablo Del Monte (2) has three wins on this track and Ward claimed this one back into his barn, so that adds to the appeal, as does the workout pattern. Circle Unbroken, Roy's Warrior and Go Vo are the ones I'll use with him. Exacta boxes 2-4, 2-5, 2-6
Race 9: Pounds to Pennies (7) comes out of that tough Gulfstream turf circuit for Mott and those Florida shippers always fare well here in the spring. This one also ran well very well from a bad post last time. Use in an exacta box with as many of these as you can afford (in this order)--Kahrumana, Suburb, Youngest Daughter, Ladies Privilege and Cha Cha Magic. Exacta boxes 7-9-11-(?and 3-1-2)
Pick 4 (starts in race 7): 9 with 2,8,5,10,3,7 with 2 with ALL