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    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.


    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    Thursday / October 12

    Race 1

    Wolverine (3) drops in class and the winner of his last race was the runnerup in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity here.  Leparoux in the saddle adds to the appeal.  Exacta boxes 3-2/2b, 3-5, 3-4

    Race 2

    Klassie Connect (8) improved last time out and trainer Hiles hits at a 20 percent clip with second-off-the-layoff types.  Play this one in a four-horse exacta box with Fancy Pinstripes, Hidden Garden and Newport Blue.  Exacta box 8-6-11-7

    Race 3

    Draxhall Woods (9) is an 11-time winner who improved in the second start off a layoff and with the class drop, this one looks tough here.  Key the top pick in exacta boxes with Electrifying, Lucky Lotto, Court's Ruling and Only Liquor.  Exacta boxes 9-4, 9-10, 9-2, 9-3

    Race 4

    Arcelor (3) looks very good here to me off that big wakeup in the return to dirt.  That was the first time she caught a fast dirt track since coming into this trainer's barn.  Lanerie sticking around in the saddle is a big plus, too.  Key her in exactas with Be a Factor, Mydrinkselection, Tiger Eyes and Moolamiss.  Exacta boxes 2-1, 2-5, 2-8, 2-4

    Race 5

    Storm Runner (4) was privately purchased after an impressive debut and took a bunch of money in the subsequent start at Kentucky Downs, where he came up short.  A rider change could be the tonic to get to the winner's circle.  Discovered and Royal Holiday are next on my list, followed by Have At It, Funny Duck and True Royalty.  Use as many as your budget allows with Storm Runner as the key.  Exacta boxes 4-3, 4-5, 4-7, 4-11, 4-14

    Race 6

    No standout here so let's go for price play in the entry--El Charro (1) and Ain't Misbehavin (1A).  The former gets Bravo and makes a second start for a new barn while the latter is making his first start for a new trainer who does well with newcomers to his barn.  Put that entry in an exacta box that will also include Rich Daddy, Lt Seany O and Shut the Box..  Exacta box 1/1a-3-8-7

    Race 7

    Chris Cove Town (7) gets the nod in this spot off a solid, stamina-building run at Kentucky Downs.  She took some money and the pedigree says she'll be fine on the dirt.  South of Sanity merits a look off the success rate for this trainer /jockey combo and Focused showed improved speed second time out.  I want those three in an exacta box and if your budget allows, consider adding Graceland and Go Stellaire in what looks like a wide-open affair.  Exacta box 7-3-2

    Race 8

    No standout here but I have a hunch one of the three-year olds will win, as I like their chances in these spots this time of the year.  I'll go with Shareholder Value (4) who improved last time and now makes a third start off a layoff.  The 1-for-1 at Keeneland is a plus, too.  Just Move On and Singing Bullet are strong contenders, too, along with Cowboy Rhythm and Matrooh.  Exacta box 4-7-8-3

    Race 9

    the allowance feature gives us another tough challenge so don't take a short price.  I'll lean to Classy Music (1) off a solid run at Kentucky Downs and a strong workout pattern.  Vision of Justice looks dangerous off the cutback and an impressive debut win and Jehozact, Quick Quick Quick and Sultry merit respect.  Exacta box 1-9-8-11-7

    Race 10

    I like Love Mo (1) and Lenamarie (5) equally here.  The former caught a good one in the debut at Saratoga and the other took money and then finished like a freight train in the debut.  Key them on top in exactas and add Remedy, Luna Rose and Deadline underneath.  Exacta part-wheel 1,5 with 1,5,3,4,15

    Late Pick 4 (starts in race 7):  7,3 with 4,7,8,3,1 with 1,8,9,7,11 with 1,5,3

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