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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.


    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    1st Race: ZODACIOUS (#5) and GIRL'S NIGHT (#3) run uncoupled for trainer Wesley Ward. Give the slight edge to Zodacious with Robby Albarado named to ride. FLAT DRUNK (#1) has been training steadily for John Hancock and has to be respected.

    2nd Race: CATANOVA (#8) didn't show much last out going 1 1/8 miles against better company but is back in for a tag and should appreciate today's shorter distance. Give him the edge. TISDALE (#1) needed his race at Oaklawn and figures to improve but the big class drop is a reason for concern. READY BY YOU (#4) is a solid contender.

    3rd Race: SEEYOUATTHEDISCO (#5) has been remarkably consistent, finishing first or second in 10 of his last 12 races. He is riding a three-race win streak for trainer Joe Sharp and looks like a good bet to extend that mark with James Graham back aboard. HERONETTA (#8) has been sharp on the Turfway all-weather but has solid dirt form and her best makes her dangerous. LUCY'S REVENGE (#4) ran poorly last out but is capable of better.

    4th Race: CANIFORM (#8) hooked an extremely tough maiden field in his debut and ran much better last out in Tampa. He runs for a tag for new trainer Brad Cox and looks best at this level. HEAVY ROLLER (#3) debuts for trainer Wesley Ward off a series of solid works and has to be respected. EL MUNDO (#4) makes his second start for trainer Eddie Kenneally, who had a tremendous opening weekend but this one exits a weak race won by a 99-1 shot.

    5th Race: GRAND JETE

     (#7) is a Juddmonte Farms homebred making her U.S. debut for Chad Brown, who has excellent numbers with his European imports. Give her the edge in what looks like a wide-open allowance race. VAGABOND (#12) is a Phipps homebred who has run well in all of her races. She had a rough trip last out and closed well once clear. SPIGA (#2) is another one who makes her first start in the U.S. and is in the capable hands of trainer Christophe Clement.

    6th Race: TOUR DE FORCE (#3) is a high-priced Keeneland sales grad from the barn of trainer Mark Casse. He was a beaten favorite last out but has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout and he appears to be in a good spot to win with Robby Albarado back aboard. FOREVAMO (#5) finished a length behind the top pick and will be running at the end. RAAGHEB (#8) is a threat with Javier Castellano picking up the mount.

    7th Race: PAWLEYS EXPRESS (#1) looked very sharp winning her first race back after a three-month layoff. She has trained well since that score and looks like a good bet to make it two in a row for trainer Ralph Nicks and jockey John Velazquez. SEA CLOUD (#6) showed big improvement in her second race back after a layoff and won over this track in October. She looks like the one to beat. BANREE (#5) has been dull recently but has posted some bullet works for trainer Wesley Ward and has to be respected.

    8th Race – Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association: A stellar field of 13 fillies are set for this race, which appears to be a wide-open affair. LA CORONEL (#2) was extremely impressive winning the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) here in October and lost her best chance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) when she drew the 13 post. She may have needed her race in the Florida Oaks (G3) but trainer Mark Casse figures to have her ready for her best performance today. NEW MONEY HONEY (#4) showed improvement in each of her three races last year and was a game winner in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She is in the capable hands of Chad Brown and is training well for her return. PROCTOR’S LEDGE (#3) isn't nearly as accomplished as the top two but she won in hand last out and could be a good one.

    9th Race: TAPITSPHERE (#2) takes the big class drop and looks best at this level. TANZEN (#1) moves up in class after being claimed by Robertino Diodoro, who has excellent numbers with his first claims. GREEN GOLD (#9) has the speed to be dangerous. 

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