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    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.


    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    1st Race: INSURGENT (#2) faded after setting the pace in his first race back after a four-month layoff. He figures to make the lead and appears to be in a good spot to get the front running win with Florent Geroux back aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen. COMBAT CONTROLLER (#4) beat the top pick last out and figures to run well again for trainer Kenny McPeek and jockey Robby Albarado. TAKE YOUR GUNS (#1) debuted in a tough maiden race at Gulfstream, and trainer Chad Brown has excellent numbers with his second time runners.

    2nd Race: SWIFT ONE (#9) just raced here at Keeneland on Sunday when he finished second after breaking a step slowly. Trainer Wesley Ward runs him back in just five days but he gets the nod with Jose Valdivia back up. ALITTLEVODKA (#3) broke his maiden at this level and flashed speed against better last out. He had a good work here on Sunday and is the one to beat. HURRICANE FORCE (#8) is also trained by Ward and is a contender.

    3rd Race: CURLIN KISSES (#2) has been idle since winning her debut at Woodbine last May. She evidently had some troubles but has been working very well for her return and trainer Mark Casse figures to have her ready for this one. LOVE THE KITTEN (#7) has done almost all of her racing on the turf or all-weather, but her lone win came on the dirt and she can run well today. SUGAR CONE (#1) is a contender.

    4th Race: TASTEFUL (#5) ran well to finish second in her debut and should improve off that effort. Look for her to break her maiden with Joel Rosario picking up the mount for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. ROCKET GIRL (#1) closed very well in her only start and a better break could make her dangerous today. CONNECTED FITNESS (#9) is a first-time starter who is training sharply for Horacio DePaz, who has excellent numbers with his debuting runners.

    5th Race: MUSICAL AMERICA (#7) was no match for the highly regarded Parlor last out but ran well to finish second in that one. He should be able to handle the move to the dirt and rates the edge with Flavien Prat picking up the mount for trainer Arnaud Delacour. EASTPORT (#2) comes off a solid maiden win for trainer Shug McGaughey and posted a nice work over the Keeneland strip. He will be tough to beat. PAGLIACCI (#3) exits the Palm Beach (G3) and is in much easier this afternoon.

    6th Race: AQUAPHOBIA (#7) needed his last race after an eight-month layoff. He figures to move forward today and is another live runner for trainer Arnaud Delacour and jockey Flavien Prat. VICI (#11) ran very well to finish second in his 5-year-old debut and has trained sharply over the Keeneland surface. ZENNOR (#5) is a solid contender in a wide-open turf race.

    7th Race – Ben Ali (G3): SCUBA (#4) closed his 5-year-old of season with three impressive marathon wins including a romp at Santa Anita on Breeders’ Cup Friday. He shortens up for his return but is training well and can post the mild upset in a well-matched race. EAGLE (#2) didn't run his best in his two races at Fair Grounds but probably needed those starts. He is undefeated at Keeneland and will be tough to beat for trainer Neal Howard with Robby Albarado up. BIRD SONG (#6) has the speed to be on or near the lead and is a threat for the wire-to-wire score.

    8th Race – Giant’s Causeway:LADY AURELIA (#7) was extremely impressive winning the Queen Mary (G2) in England and defeating the boys in a Group 1 race in France. She is training sharply for her U.S. return and trainer Wesley Ward figures to have her ready to roll in the Giant’s Causeway. EXAGGERATED (#4) is also coming off a layoff but won this race last year and looks dangerous again today. PRETTY PERFECTION (#10) has reeled off three in a row and has to be respected.

    9th Race – Stonestreet Lexington (G3): NO DOZING (#4) has the most stakes experience of the 10 runners in the Lexington. He comes off an even effort in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and ran well to finish fourth in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) over this track in October. Give him the slight edge. TIME TO TRAVEL (#5) was very impressive in his maiden romp at Gulfstream and looks like a runner with potential. WEST COAST (#10) only beat two rivals in his maiden win at Santa Anita but trainer Bob Baffert has to be respected.

    10th Race – Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1): LADY ELI (#1) has been awesome overcoming a bout with laminitis and winning 7 of her 9 races for Chad Brown. She is training exceptionally well for her 5-year-old campaign and looks like a solid bet to win the Coolmore Jenny Wiley at short odds. CATCH A GLIMPSE (#3) needed her last race after coming off a four-month layoff and will improve off that effort. She figures to be on or near the lead and could be tough to catch. TIME AND MOTION (#6) won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G2) in October and will be running at the end under John Velazquez.

    11th Race:MAKEALITTLELOVE (#4) has been away from the races for a year but showed talent in her lone start last April. She is training well in Louisville and trainer Mike Maker should have her ready. SHEPLAYSTHEFIELD (#1) comes off three even efforts at Gulfstream and is the one to beat. VIGOR (#8) ran well on the turf in her only start.

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