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    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    THURSDAY, April 13

    Race 1:  Zodacious (5) has a better win-early pedigree so I'll give that one the nod over the other Wesley Ward trainee, Girl's Night Out.  Flat Drunk is the other one to consider.  Exacta boxes 5-3, 5-1

    Race 2:   Ready by You (4) gets the call here because I'm skeptical of the favorites and this one has the combination of some early speed plus a demonstrated liking for the Keeneland surface.  Tisdale, Catanova and Rabanito are the others I'll use.  Exacta boxes 4-1, 4-8, 4-3

    Race 3:   Seeyouatthedisco (5) is in good form and those types are usually the ones to beat in these starter allowance races.  Pinking of You, Heronetta and Lucy's Revenge are others I like in this race.  Exacta boxes 5-6, 5-8, 5-4

    Race 4:   Caniform (8) drops out of straight maiden company into a maiden claiming race and trainer Brad Cox does well with newcomers to his barn.  Major Force, Running Back, Alabama Son and Heavy Roller are the ones I will use with the top pick.  Exacta boxes 8-10, 8-11, 8-1, 8-3

    Race 5:   Grand Jete (7) goes for Chad Brown and he has strong numbers with horses coming into his barn off European races.  Rosario in the saddle is a plus on this one, too.  Spiga is the one to beat, as Clement does well off the layoff.  I'll key those two in exactas over Prudence, Quinta Verde and Be My Baby.   Exacta part-wheel 7,2 with 7,2,9,11,8

    Race 6:   Conquest Windycity (6) ran big in the first start for a new tariner and this one has worked well on this track.  Tour de Force, Forevamo and Spring Quality are the ones to include in exactas.  Exacta boxes 6-3, 6-5, 6-10

    Race 7:   Julerette (3) has good form on this track and Leparoux signing on for the ride is a plus.  Key her in exactas with Pawleys Express, Sea Cloud and Caroline Jasmine.  Exacta boxes 3-1, 3-6,3-8

    Race 8:   in the grade 3 Appalachian, I'll go with La Coronel (2) in a loaded field.  She was one of my best bets on Breeders Cup day but a poor post did her in.  Now, she makes the second start off a layoff and ought to be primed for a peak performance.  New Money Honey and Lull are my top two picks among the rest, with Dream Dancing and Coasted worthy of consideration, too.  Exacta boxes 2-4, 2-10, 2-1, 2-6

    Race 9:   Tanzen (1) turns back from two-turn races to seven furlongs and this trainer does well off the claim.  The play for me is a three-horse exacta box of the only ones with a win at this tricky distance, meaning I'll include Ice Cream Truck and Green Gold.   Exacta box of 1-10-9

    Pick 4 (starts in race 6):  6,3,5,10 with 3,1,6,8 with 2 (and 4,10 if affordable) with 1,10,9

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