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    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    1st Race: WOLVERINE (#3) didn't show much in his debut but drops in for a tag and gets blinkers today. He should get a good trip from the inside post under Julien Leparoux and he rates the slight edge. DALAMAN (#7) figures to be on or near the lead and is the one to catch. FLATEXCEL (#8) is a first-timer from the barn of Joe Sharp who has to be respected.

    2nd Race: NEWPORT BLUE (#7) has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout and will be tough to catch at this level. KLASSIE CONNECT (#8) closed well last out and looks like a solid threat. FANCY PINSTRIPES (#6) had some trouble in her last race and is a contender.

    3rd Race: DRAXHALL WOODS (#9) has been claimed six times in his last seven races while winning just once. He continues to drop in class and may be able to break through with a win for trainer Eddie Kenneally with Corey Lanerie picking up the mount. ONLY LIQUOR (#3) has been running on the turf and all-weather but returns to the dirt and should run better on this surface. HIGHROLLER DAVE (#7) is a veteran runner who fits with these.

    4th Race: MYDRINKSELECTION (#5) woke up last out after several dull efforts. He followed that up with a bullet work last week and can make it two in a row for trainer Mike Maker with Tyler Gaffalione picking up the mount. TIGER EYES (#8) moves up in class after two straight wins for trainer Wayne Catalano and looks like the one to beat. ARCELOR (#2) comes off an easy win and has the speed to be dangerous.

    5th Race: DISCOVERED (#3) has hooked tough fields in all three of his races for trainer Mark Casse. He figures to be prominent throughout and rates the slight edge in what looks like a very well-matched maiden turf race. STORM RUNNER (#4) is one of two in here for trainer Dale Romans. Robby Albarado is aboard this one and he will be running at the end. ROYAL HOLIDAY (#5) was runner-up in his debut for trainer Wesley Ward and is a solid threat.

    6th Race: SHUT THE BOX (#7) comes off a runner-up effort behind highly regarded The Player. Trainer Chris Richard drops him in for a tag and a repeat of that last race would make him a winner with Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard. RICH DADDY (#3) has been very sharp recently. He has been in the money in his last six races and comes off a solid win at Saratoga. He is the one to beat. TAKETOTHESTREETS (#6) drops in class and fits in here.

    7th Race: DIAMOND TAP (#11) debuts for trainer Buff Bradley, who doesn't usually win with his first-timers but this one has been training very well at Churchill. He has had six works in the past month, including a bullet on Sept. 30, and could be ready to go today. FOCUSED (#2) faded after flashing speed last out and could go a long way on the front end. LIFEFULLOFREINBOWS (#8) is a contender.

    8th Race: SINGING BULLET (#8) comes off a couple of decent efforts at Saratoga and has been training well since coming back to Kentucky. He has enough early speed to be in good position despite his outside post and he looks best with Robby Albarado aboard for trainer Dale Romans. COWBOY RHYTHM (#3) is a 5-year-old who has won three races and been in the money in 8 of 11 starts. He has run well at Keeneland in the past and will be tough to beat. JUST MOVE ON (#7) is a solid threat.

    9th Race: QUICK QUICK QUICK (#11) ran well in both of her races at Saratoga for Ian Wilkes. She has the tactical speed to be in contention throughout and will be hard to beat with leading rider Julian Leparoux back aboard. SULTRY (#7) looked sharp breaking her maiden at Ellis but didn't fire when well backed in the Pocahontas (G2). She is back in a sprint today and she figures to rebound with a solid effort for trainer Eddie Kenneally and jockey Corey Lanerie. Throw out the last turf race on WAKI PATRIOT (#3) and she definitely fits with these.

    10th Race: LOVE MO (#1) exits a tough race at Saratoga. The winner of that one came back to win the Miss Grillo (G3) in her next start and the third-place finisher came back to win impressively here at Keeneland. She was beaten five lengths in that one but can improve and looks best today. LENAMARIE (#5) closed very well after a troubled trip at Kentucky Downs and is definitely the one to beat. BURKE'S GARDEN (#11) is a contender.




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