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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.


    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    1st Race: SHOOT FOR THE MOON (#3) won at first asking for Wesley Ward and has trained well over the Keeneland surface. She is capable of the repeat score today. FIVE STAR FACTOR (#4) should like the move back to a sprint distance and will be rallying from just off the pace. SWIMSUIT ISSUE (#2) is another one that won at first asking. She figures to be running well at the end and is a definite threat.

    2nd Race: HAPPY LIKE A FOOL (#9) is a half-sister to graded stakes-placed Maniacal, who raced here yesterday. She is one of two in here from the barn of Wesley Ward and she gets the edge. OUR GIRL ABBY (#6) debuts for Mike Maker, who doesn't usually fire with his first timers but this one has been training sharply at Turfway and could be ready. BOOM POW POW (#4) figures to be a contender for trainer John Hancock.

    3rd Race: DEAR ELAINE (#3) didn't take to the all-weather surface at Turfway but likes this track and looks like the controlling speed. She is capable of the wire-to-wire win with Julien Leparoux aboard. LADY FOG HORN (#4) has been amazingly consistent, winning 11 of her last 16 races and comes off a big win in the Falls City (G3) in November. She has been training very well for her comeback and will be tough to beat. ROMANTIC VISION (#2) beat the top pick in October and is a threat.

    4th Race: YOSHIDA (#4) closed well to finish second in his debut in November and has been training well for his return. Trainer Bill Mott adds Lasix today and he rates a slight edge in what looks like a very well-matched maiden race. TIPSY KITTEN (#9) was third in a swift race at Gulfstream last out and Ramseys/Maker are usually geared up for the Keeneland races. IM THE CAPTAIN NOW (#2) woke up last out and a repeat of that one makes him dangerous.

    5th Race: NEWFOUND GOLD (#7) is an amazing 10-year-old who has finished in the money in 47 of his 57 career races (82%). He is riding a 6-race win streak and is capable of extending that today. WAR EAGLES RETURN (#2) chased the top pick two starts back and was an impressive winner last out. FOURTH OF JULY (#8) is a versatile runner who fits with these.

    6th Race: SWIFT ONE (#9) drops in for a tag for the first time and his best would be good enough to win this one for trainer Wesley Ward with Jose Valdivia picking up the mount. START A WAR (#6) also takes the class drop. He has the speed to be a solid contender. FORTY ACRES (#4) rates a chance.

    7th Race: DIVISIDERO (#6) failed as the favorite in the Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) last out but may have been too close to a fast early pace. He should be ready for his best performance in his third start back after a layoff for Buff Bradley and looks best with Julien Leparoux picking up the mount. TAKE THE STAND (#10) showed big improvement in his last four races for trainer Bill Mott. He has been off for seven months but has the speed to be on or near the lead and is the one to catch. THATCHER STREET (#9) comes off a game win in the River City (G3) and can't be dismissed in a stakes-aliber allowance race.

    8th Race – Adena Springs Beaumont (G3): SWEET LORETTA (#3) reeled off three straight wins before fading after chasing the pace in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). She has been training well for her comeback for Todd Pletcher and she figures to be ready for a big effort today. She looks best in the Beaumont with Javier Castellano back aboard. DANCING RAGS (#5) won the Darley Alcibiades (G1) here in October and has also been idle since the Breeders’ Cup. She is in the capable hands of Graham Motion and should also be ready for a top performance. TREBLE (#4) makes her stakes debut off three solid efforts at Oaklawn.

    9th Race: MOROCCO (#3) showed big improvement when moved to the turf last out. He finished second behind an impressive winner who came back to win a stakes on Florida Derby Day. Give him the edge with Jose Ortiz picking up the mount for trainer Bill Mott. TICKER TAPE PARADE (#5) had a rough trip in is turf debut and could run well at nice odds. BROOKLYN BOBBY (#2) is a definite threat. 

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