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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.


    Friday, October 6, 2017

    1st Race: GIO GAME (#4) ran well on the turf and dirt at Saratoga. She has the benefit of a race at today's distance and appears to be in a good spot to get her maiden win for trainer Mark Casse and jockey Julien Leparoux. MORE MOJO (#2) also ran well at Saratoga for trainer Brad Cox. She has the speed to be on or near the lead througout and could be tough to catch. TRUE DREAM (#1) has already had five starts but should get a good trip from the inside post and is a contender in a solid maiden field for the Keeneland opener.

    2nd Race: DIAMOND DELIGHT (#7) was second in both of his races at Churchill and figures to be on or near the lead in this one. He looks best with Luis Saez picking up the mount for trainer Brad Cox. YOUR SECRETS SAFE (#5) has been in the money in six of his eight races and figures to be the main competition. MALIBU AT MIDNIGHT (#1) finished right behind the top pick last out and is a solid contender.

    3rd Race: BURGAMEISTER (#6) drops back in for a tag after a couple of decent efforts against better. He should be in good position throughout and can win this one with his best effort. COLONEL DAN (#3) has just one win in 15 starts but is back in for a tag and is a definite threat at this level. CHARGIN STORM (#4) has run a couple of decent races over the Keeneland strip and rates a chance.

    4th Race: ANNOY (#1) has been running at Canterbury but has a solid record here at Keeneland and gets the nod in an extremely well-matched $10,000 claimer. STREET CRUIZER (#4) has been off for a couple of months but drops to a career-low claiming level and looks like a solid threat. DUSTEM CAROLINA (#12) rates a chance.

    5th Race: SAPPHIRE JUBILEE (#1) makes her third career start for trainer Mike Maker. She showed improvement last out and should be ready for her best performance today. Give her the edge with Jose Ortiz picking up the mount. MAGICAL SKY (#5) beat the top pick at Kentucky Downs and Julien Leparoux is back aboard for trainer Mark Casse. She figures to be tough to beat. ANOTHERTEQUILASHOT (#7) has solid form and is a definite threat.

    6th Race: KINSLEY KISSES (5) will like the move back to the dirt for trainer Todd Pletcher and she rates the slight edge in a well-matched race with Javier Castellano picking up the mount. MOIETY (2) has been first or second in all seven of her races and her best performance was a sharp win over this track last October. Brian Hernandez, who was aboard for that win, is back up today for trainer Eoin Harty. BLIP N'TH BYE (3) is also a consistent runner with a win at Keeneland. She will like the move back to the dirt and her best makes her dangerous.

    7th Race: LOOKIN FOR EIGHT (5) needed his last race after a six-month layoff. He had some trouble in that one and figures to move forward today. He has the speed to be on or near the lead and could spring the mild upset for trainer Mark Casse and jockey Manny Franco. SURPRISE TWIST (4) has run well in all four of his races. He should be running at the end and will be tough to beat in what appears to be a well-matched turf race. HOLIDAY BONUS (2) ran evenly against a tougher field in the Dueling Grounds Derby and looks like a solid contender for trainer Graham Motion with Jose Ortiz aboard.

    8th Race – Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2): LIMOUSINE LIBERAL (#5) had a three-race win streak ended last out, finishing third behind an impressive front-running winner in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) at Saratoga. He will like the move back to the Keeneland surface and trainer Ben Colebrook figures to have him ready to roll today. He looks best with Jose Ortiz back aboard. THREEFIVEINDIA (#2) was very sharp drawing off to win an allowance race at Saratoga. He faces much tougher in here but looks dangerous for trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano. WHITMORE (#11) is a classy runner from the barn of Ron Moquett. He has disappointed in his last two but is training well and anything close to his best would make him tough to beat.

    9th Race – Darley Alcibiades (G1): BET SHE WINS (#6) has had some gate problems but she came from off the pace to win the Arlington-Washington Lassie in impressive fashion. She tries the dirt for the first time but she should be able to handle the switch, and a repeat of that last effort would make her a winner for trainer Chris Block with Jose Valdivia back aboard. KELLY'S HUMOR (#7) ran well to finish second despite breaking the 12 post in the Pocahontas (G2). She is better drawn today and will be running late with Javier Castellano picking up the mount. HEAVENLY LOVE (#9) looked good on the Kentucky Downs turf and has to be considered in a well-matched field for the Darley Alcibiades (G1).

    10th Race: ST. LOUIE (#8) was sent off at over 40-1 in the Kentucky Turf Cup but ran well to finish a close-up fourth. He appears to be in a good spot to win this one. RICHMOND STREET (#9) comes off a game win for Bill Mott and Jose Lezcano and is the one to beat. NEOCLASSIC (#11) has been in the money in five of his last six and is a solid threat.

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