Expert Picks

You are here

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.

E.g., January 17


    Mike is Keeneland’s longtime odds maker and is recognized as being one of the best handicappers in America. In addition to his duties at Keeneland, he is a racing analyst for NBC’s Thoroughbred racing coverage.

    Sunday, October 22, 2017

    1st Race: WILBO (#3) is a consistent runner from the barn of Chris Hartman. He figures to get a good trip from just off the pace and rates the edge with Corey Lanerie aboard. WINGS LOCKED UP (#4) beat the top pick last out at Remington Park and is the one to catch. FAR RIGHT (#1) needed his last two and is a threat.

    2nd Race: SNEAKY BETTY (#5) is a lightly raced 3-year-old who has shown marked improvement in her last two races. She looked good in her maiden win and has had a couple of decent works over the Keeneland strip. CLEVER SERVE (#4) has just one win in 16 starts but was claimed last out by trainer Steve Asmussen and looks like the one to beat. JEMROSE (#6) takes the class drop and fits at this level.

    3rd Race: LIMERICK LADY (#7) rates the edge in a weak claiming race. YOOOU DEN (#11) comes off two dull efforts but anything close to her best would make her tough to beat. JASMENE (#2) is a contender.

    4th Race: MARKITOFF (#2) didn't take to the slop in his last race but is back on the grass today. He gets the nod in what looks like a well-matched maiden race. HIGH PROMISE (#3) has solid turf form and figures to be the one to beat. DREAMOLOGY (#5) has only had one race and is bred to like the move to the turf course.

    5th Race: DUSTEM CAROLINA (#5) dropped back to last after breaking sharply in her race here on opening day. She closed well to finish third in that one and she likes the 6½-furlong distance. She is capable of springing the mild upset in here. CASE CRACKER (#2) is a synthetic track specialist but who does own a win on the dirt. If she takes the Keeneland surface she will be tough to catch. RISE ABOVE IT (#7) also has speed and has to be considered.

    6th Race: CAROLINE THE GREAT (#5) was overmatched in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) but ran well in her only start on the grass at Louisiana Downs. She moves back to the turf today and is capable of winning this one with Robby Albarado back aboard. VANILLA CAT (#8) comes off of a nice maiden win at Kentucky Downs and the runner-up in that one came back to win here in her next start. She will be running at the end. MOONLIGHT RAIN (#9) is a definite threat.

    7th Race: TITLE READY (#4) exits a key maiden race at Churchill where four of the runners came back to win next out. He posted a recent bullet work here at Keeneland for trainer Steve Asmussen and he looks best with Ricardo Santana Jr. aboard. ONE THIRTY NINE (#6) showed improvement when moved to the dirt last out and figures to run well again today. ANTARCTIC (#7) is a well-bred first-timer who has been firing bullets in the morning.

    8th Race – Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3): GRATEFUL (#10) is a 3-year-old filly who has shown improvement with every start for trainer Todd Pletcher. She has the tactical speed to be well placed throughout and she rates the edge in a very well-matched renewal of the Rood & Riddle Dowager. LOTTIE (#2) is a late runner who will benefit from what should be a legitimate pace. Her best makes her dangerous. APPLE BETTY (#7) just missed in this race last year and has to be respected.

    9th Race: GRAND CANDY (#2) was a game winner over this track last out for trainer Mike Maker. He appears to be in a good spot to make it two in a row with Julien Leparoux back aboard. ROCKET TIME (#8) was beaten by the top pick last out but may have needed that race and can run better in here. BIG SQUEEZE (#5) has good early speed and can run well in this one.




Keeneland Association, Inc. 4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40510
Telephone: (859) 254-3412 Toll Free: (800) 456-3412 Fax: (859) 255-2484

©1999-2015 Keeneland Association, Inc. All Rights Reserved