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    Friday, April 14, 2017

    1st Race: YOUNG AMERICAN (#3) drops in for a tag and cuts back in distance for trainer Kenny McPeek. He figures to be running late in a race that figures to have an honest pace. Give him the edge with Robby Albarado picking up the mount. ART IMITATES LIFE (#2) also takes the class drop for trainer Tom Amoss. He has raced exclusively on the turf but if he handles the dirt he will be tough to beat. FLEETWAY (#4) is another one who tries the dirt for the first time but he definitely has the class to run well in here.

    2nd Race: RAREST QUALITY (#8) is a 3-year-old who debuts for trainer Wesley Ward. He has trained steadily over the Keeneland surface and rates the edge in this maiden claimer. SUPER TOUCH (#6) faded after pressing a very fast pace last out at Santa Anita. He has been off since February but looks dangerous if at his best. ROUGH SEA (#7) is a 4-year-old who makes his first start for trainer Mark Casse and has to be respected.

    3rd Race: A DIXIE TWISTER (#3) drops in for a tag for the first time and appears to be in a good spot to get the win for trainer Steve Asmussen with Javier Castellano aboard. BLAZE STAR (#1) just missed last out at Fair Grounds and a repeat of that one makes her dangerous. JOKASA (#4) has been running on the grass but her lone win came on the dirt and she rates a chance.

    4th Race: WESSEX (#3) ran a decent race in her first start back after an eight-month layoff. She posted a solid work over this track last Saturday and looks like a good bet to win this one for trainer Bill Mott and jockey Jose Lezcano. RES IPSA (#9) also ran well after a layoff for trainer Ian Wilkes and figures to be the main competition. AWESOME SONG (#10) is a 5-year-old who just broke her maiden but could run well at decent odds.

    5th Race: BIG KICK (#3) comes off a couple of decent efforts on the grass but moves back to the dirt where he has won his last four in a row. He looked very sharp in his win over this track and looks best in a tough starter allowance race. CAUSE I’M ALEX (#8) comes off a game win in New York and Julien Leparoux picks up the mount. He is the one to beat. COPUS (#1) is very good right now.

    6th Race: LADRONA (#4) was eighth in her debut on the Gulfstream turf but that was a tough race. The winner came back to win again next out and the third place finished just won at Aqueduct on Wednesday. She is bred to handle the dirt and could spring the mild upset. MOANA (#9) ran well to finish second in her debut for trainer Todd Pletcher and is the one to beat with John Velazquez back aboard. HARKNESS (#5) has been second in three straight races and moves to the barn of trainer Bill Mott.

    7th Race: ANTONOE (#11) makes her U.S. debut for trainer Chad Brown off a series of solid works. She was dull in her two races last year but she was a Group 3 winner in France as a 2-year-old and gets the edge with Javier Castellano up. SWEET TAPPER (#3) closed very well to finish fourth in her 4-year-old debut and figures to move forward off that one for trainer Ian Wilkes. TROPHY GIRL (#4) could run well at nice odds.

    8th Race: Graded stakes-placed STAR HILL (#8) makes his 4-year-old debut and is the class of this field. He has been idle since a rough trip in the Ketel One King’s Bishop (G1) in August but has been training steadily for Rusty Arnold and anything close to his best makes him a winner with Javier Castellano picking up the mount. LEX VEGAS (#9) exits some quick turf sprints and could be tough to catch if left alone on the front end with Julien Leparoux aboard. BIG RED ROCKET (#4) is a solid contender in a tough race.

    9th Race: Maker’s 46 Mile (G1): BLACKTYPE (#1) has been freshened after a solid 5-year-old campaign for trainer Christophe Clement. He figures to get a good trip from the inside post and will be running late in a race that should have a fast pace. Clement has good numbers with returning runners and he could spring the mild upset in an excellent renewal of the Maker’s 46 Mile. HEART TO HEART (#9) comes off a game win a Gulfstream after posting very quick fractions. He will be pressed on the lead today but still figures to be tough to catch. INSPECTOR LYNLEY (#8) ran the best race of his career last out and has to be respected.

    10th Race: BORSA VENTO (#4) hooked a tough field last out and appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden win with John Velazquez picking up the mount for trainer Nick Zito. PERFECT PARTNER (#2) is training well for his debut and looks dangerous with Corey Lanerie riding for trainer Mark Casse. BURGAMEISTER (#12) is a definite threat. 




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