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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.


    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    1st Race: BANGLE (#6) and MCERIN (#4) are both trained by Wesley Ward but run uncoupled in the betting. Give the slight edge to the filly BANGLE with Jose Ortiz named to ride. CROSSFIRE (#3) has been training steadily for John Hancock and has to be respected.

    2nd Race:BOTTLE WALK (#6) drops in class and ran well over this track back in October. Anything close to her best would make her a winner at short odds. ACTIVE RUNNER (#1) has good speed and the inside post. She is the one to catch. ALTA RITA (#2) needed her last race and should improve.

    3rd race:FRONTLINER (#8) drops in for a tag for the first time and new trainer Andrew McKeever adds blinkers. He rates the edge in what looks like a well-matched maiden claimer. MAXIMUS DAN (#2) has only had one start for trainer Dallas Stewart and should move forward off that effort. A better start makes him dangerous. LO'S JOURNEY (#7) is still winless as a 5-year-old but fits with these.

    4th Race: SECEDE (#3) came up a bit short last out in a race won by her stablemate. That was her first race since September and she figures to move forward off the effort. She gets a big rider chance to Julien Leparoux and will be tough to bet in here. EMPRESSOF THE NILE (#6) had a rough trip last out and was beaten just over 2 lengths. Ortiz picks up the mount and she is the one to beat. UNION WAY (#8) is a definite threat for trainer Rusty Arnold with Javier Castellano riding.

    5th Race: LONGWING LILY (#2) is a perfect 2 for 2 and was in hand in her last win at Tampa Bay. She could spring the mild upset for trainer Tom Proctor with Jesus Castanon back aboard. FACTORY OF FAITH (#4) is a versatile runner in the capable hands of Matt Shirer. She has been running well and figures to be tough to beat. WALKABOUT (#8) has been idle since a third-place finish in the Falls City (G2) and anything close to that performance would make her dangerous.

    6th Race: AWESOME SATURDAY (#7) checked sharply in his debut when in tight on the rail but still rallied to win impressively. He should benefit from what figures to be a very fast pace and can win at nice odds. OUR STORMIN NORMAN (#2) ran his best race over this track last year and will be tough for trainer Mark Casse and jockey Julien Leparoux. DIAMOND JIM (#8) showed big improvement in his maiden win and the two horses he beat came back to run well here on Saturday.

    7th Race: ALAASAL (#8) ran a big race last out and just missed to Delta Prince, who came back to finish second in the Appleton (G3) in his next start. He looks like a solid bet to win this one with Joe Bravo back aboard for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. KASSEOPIA (#6) will be running at the end for Graham Motion and he figures to improve in his second start back after a long layoff. COMMEND (#11) is a solid contender.

    8th Race:PELONCILLO (#2) drops a notch in class for trainer Bernie Flint and gets the nod at this level. DONA ELBA (#2) has raced exclusively on the grass but if she handles the move to the dirt she will be tough to beat. DOLL FACE (#8) ran well at Turfway and posted a bullet work here last Tuesday.

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