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    Tom Leach

    Tom Leach is “the Voice of the Wildcats” for football and men’s basketball and a contributor to 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 You can follow Tom’s coverage of the Cats at

    Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Sunday / October 15

    Race 1

    Sanavi (3) makes first start for trainer Rivelli, who wins at a 23 percent clip with newcomers to his barn.  The turf-to-dirt win rate of 35% is an even stronger stat.  Key this one in exacta boxes with Ostentation and Private Time.  Exacta boxes 3-4, 3-1

    Race 2

    Tolstoy (3) was gelded after March debut and is working in a sharp manner coming into this first start off the layoff.  Geroux in the saddle adds to the appeal.  Key this one in exacta boxes with Passing Luck, Starstruck Kitten and Shankly Heights.  Exacta boxes 3-7, 3-8, 3-1

    Race 3

    Going with Paden (2) here on the class drop angle for trainer Tom Amoss.  Two wins at seven furlongs is another plus but this one is no standout so my play is a four-horse exacta box including Awesome Thought, Tashreeh and Catanova.  Exacta box 2-4-5-6

    Race 4

    It's one of the Maker trainees in this spot--either Shining Copper (5) or Special Ops (6).  Try to get a price horse underneath with Edge of Reality and Cooptado.  Exacta part-wheel 5,6 with 5,6,1,7

    Race 5

    Oriental Crown (3) looks strong if you forgive the debacle at Indiana Grand last time, when this one encountered some trouble.  That race will likely inflate the price to an attractive level in this spot.  Union Bowman is the one to beat and also consider Spinning for Home, Fairway Lane and Limonte. Exacta box 3-10-8-2-7

    Race 6

    A well-balanced group to start the Pick 4 sequence.  I'll take Kaylen's Revenge (8).  She's in good form for a trainer who does well in turf sprints and she has an experience edge.  Key her in exacta boxes with Mongolian Shopper, Brielle's Appeal, She's Taken and Miss Vicki.  Exacta boxes 8-6, 8-3, 8-2, 8-4

    Race 7

    Taking Malibu Treasure (5) but without a strong conviction so tread lightly.  Wilkes runners often improve second time out and this one was finishing fast in the debut.  Use her in an exacta box with as many of these as your budget permits--Galilianco, Murika, Persephone's Dawn and Gianna's Gift.  Exacta box 5-10-7-4-1

    Race 8

    Summer Luck (7) comes off two strong turf performances for Casse and shows a good local workout.  Key this one with Peaceful Passage (if that one draws into the race), English Dancer, Corby and impressive maiden winner Last Promise Kept.  Exacta boxes 7-13, 7-8, 7-10, 7-4

    Race 9

    Three-year old filly claimers in the last leg of the pick 4 and this one could produce a nice price so spread as deep as your budget allows.  I'll lean to Promises Broken (8) off an affinity for Keeneland plus good works.  Girls Knows Best, Angelo's Ashes and Heir Apparent are others I like.  Exacta boxes 8-4, 8-5, 8-6

    Late Pick 4 (starts in race 6):  8,6,3,2 with 5,10,7,1,4,6 with 7 with 8,5,4,6








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