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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.


    Friday, April 7, 2017

    1st Race: Trainer Wesley Ward has a pair of fillies entered to go against the boys in the opener. FAIRYLAND (#10) and KITTY KAT KATE (#8) are both high-priced Keeneland sales grads and whichever one goes gets the edge today. JUST BE FRANK (#4) had a very good gate work here last week for trainer Bill Helmbrecht and has to be respected. WAKI PATRIOT (#9) is also a filly who is in the capable hands of trainer John Hancock.

     

    2nd Race: RHODIUM (#2) is a 7-year-old veteran who has finished in the money in 10 of her last 12 races. She has the speed to make the lead and is capable of the wire-to-wire win. ANNOY (#3) was dropped to the bottom last out and came away with an easy win. She faces tougher today but has the back class to be dangerous. BLONDE IN THE CITY (#1) beat the top pick here in October and will be running at the end.

     

    3rd Race: DECEMBER SEVEN (#5) was no match for Honorable Duty last out but that one came right back to win the New Orleans Handicap (G2) in his next start. This is an easier spot and he figures to be able to regain his winning ways with Corey Lanerie picking up the mount for trainer Paul McGee. MONEY FLOWS (#1) is a lightly raced 6-year-old who has been in the money in seven of his nine races and is the one to beat. RATED R SUPERSTAR (#6) has the class to be dangerous.

     

    4th Race: WISSAM (#5) was stuck down on the rail and didn't fire in his debut. His stablemate Patch won that one and came right back to finish second in the Louisiana Derby (G2). Trainer Todd Pletcher has excellent numbers with his second-time runners and this one can be expected to run much better today. ROUSTABOUT (#1) has been running well for trainer Al Stall Jr., who is having a terrific year. He is definitely the one to beat. SUMMER O FIFTYFOUR (#2) can't be overlooked.

     

    5th Race: DELUSIONAL KK (#7) drops in for a tag and has run well over the Keeneland surface in both of her starts. Her best would make her a winner at this level. LOVETHISLIFE (#9) also takes the class drop and figures to be tough. GINGER STONE (#1) is a contender.

     

    6th Race: JOUST (#2) has been off since October when she finished fifth behind eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) winner New Money Honey. Trainer Christophe Clement adds lasix for her 3-year-old debut and she rates a slight edge in what looks like a very well-matched allowance race. DANCELAND (#4) has shown improvement in every start for trainer Shug McGaughey. She comes off a game maiden win and John Velazquez is aboard. VALENTINE WISH (#1) is capable of a good effort at nice odds.

     

    7th Race: ANOTHER GAL (#1) ran a decent race in her debut at Turfway and figures to move forward for trainer Charlie LoPresti. He adds blinkers and lasix and John Velazquez picks up the mount. TIGER EYES (#6) closed well to finish second in her Fair Grounds debut and will benefit from that effort. PAULINE REVERE (#7) was no match for next-out Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) winner Salty but has trained well since coming to Kentucky and has to be considered.

     

    8th Race: LOOKIN FOR A KISS (#8) had a rough trip last out but rallied well to finish second. He cuts back to 6 furlongs today and should be rallying from off the pace with Corey Lanerie aboard. Give him the edge over MUTARAAMY (#3) in a close call. MUTARAAMY looked very sharp in his maiden score at Gulfstream and will be tough to beat for McLaughlin and Saez.  FORGE AHEAD FRANKIE is a contender. 

     

    9th Race – Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner OSCAR PERORMANCE (#4) makes his 3-year-old debut in the Transylvania. He has been training sharply for Brian Lynch, who figures to have him ready to fire today. He has the speed to be on or near the lead and looks best with regular rider Jose Ortiz back aboard. TICONDEROGA (#5) was fourth behind the top pick in the Juvenile Turf. He came back to win the Palm Beach (G3) last month for trainer Chad Brown and will be tough with that race under his belt. PROFITEER (#1) just missed out after back-to-back wins for trainer Shug McGaughey and has to be respected.

     

    10th Race: BAYSHORE DRIVE (#7) was second behind multiple winner Rulelikecleopatra at Turfway and could spring the upset in this non winners of two. HEARTBREAK HILL (#3) drops in for a tag and her best makes her dangerous. KIRBY'S PENNY (#11) is a definite threat. 

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