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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, October 8, 2017

    1st Race: NORTHERN SCREAMER (#8) moves back to the dirt after a dull effort on the grass. She looks like a solid bet to win the opener for trainer Mike Maker with Luis Saez aboard. YOOOU DEN (#3) faded badly when facing better last out at Churchill. She is back in at a better level today and is the one to beat. ZETA ZODY (#5) takes a big class plunge and has to be considered.

    2nd Race: TOASTED (#1) closed well to finish second behind Improv, who was an impressive winner here on Friday. She came from far back in that one but could be a bit closer in the early going today and rates the edge in here. STONETACULAR (#3) figures to be the solid favorite. She has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout and will be tough to catch. JULERETTE (#2) is a definite threat.

    3rd Race: ALL SHACKED UP (#8) was the easiest kind of winner last out at Churchill. He was claimed by Angel Montano, who moves him up against tougher company but he is capable of the repeat score with Lanerie back aboard. HUNKA BURNING LOVE (#4) drops in for a tag for trainer Mike Maker and he will be tough at this level. THE MONEY MONSTER (#7) won two stakes races earlier this year. He comes off a dull effort on the grass but is back on the dirt and anything close to his best would make him dangerous.

    4th Race: LIL MISS BLUE EYES (#1) has been idle since June but drops in class for trainer Kenny McPeek, whose horses are running very well right now. She rates a slight edge in a well-matched race. LOVEMELIKEYOUDO (#3) has never raced on dirt but should be able to handle the move and figures to be the one to beat. EVER SPECIAL (#6) could wake up at nice odds.

    5th Race: MOM'S ON STRIKE (#10) was stakes placed as a 2-year-old and makes her third start back after a nine-month layoff. She has been training sharply at Churchill and her best would make her a winner for trainer Joe Sharp and jockey Luis Saez. AWESOME BOSS (#1) ran well over the Kentucky Downs lawn last out. She should get a good trip from the inside post and is the one to beat. PEACEFUL PASSAGE (#5) went evenly in her U.S. debut and will like the move to turf and the added distance.

    6th Race: ROCKET TIME (#2) is a 6-year-old veteran with eight career wins, including a victory at Keeneland at today's distance of 7 furlongs. Throw out his last race on the grass and he looks like a winner with Jose Lezcano aboard for trainer Al Stall. GRAND CANDY (#1) makes his first start since being claimed by Ramseys/Maker. He also moves back to dirt and gets blinkers for the first time. RATED R SUPERSTAR (#5) is a graded stakes winner who has to be respected.

    7th Race: MIA MISCHIEF (#5) was second behind Darley Alcibiades (G1) runner-up Princess Warrior in her debut. She looks like a solid bet for the wire to wire win at short odds. FONDA ROMANA (#3) exits the same race as the top pick and could complete the exacta. LOU'S CHARDONNAY (#4) has only had one race and should improve.

    8th Race – Dixiana Bourbon (G3): TAP DADDY (#3) hooked Sporting Chance in his debut and that one came back to win the Grade 1 Hopeful in his next start. He overcame some trouble to break his maiden impressively at Kentucky Downs and he should love the added distance. He looks best for trainer Steve Asmussen with Florent Geroux back aboard. ADMIRALTY PIER (#13) ran well in both of his races in Canada. He will have to overcome a wide post but he is definitely capable of a solid effort today. FLAMEAWAY (#12) is bred to like the move to the turf and trainer Mark Casse and jockey Julien Leparoux won three races here on Friday.

    9th Race – Juddmonte Spinster (G1): LOCKDOWN (#6) is a consistent Juddmonte homebred from the barn of Bill Mott. She has been in the money in 7 of her 8 races and ran gamely to finish third in the Grade 1 Cotillion last out. She has the tactical speed to be in contention throughout and rates the edge facing older runners for the first time. ROMANTIC VISION (#11) comes off a nice win the Locust Grove (G3) and has two wins over the Keeneland surface. She is a solid threat with Brian Hernandez back aboard for trainer Rusty Arnold. BAR OF GOLD (#8) is a veteran stakes winner of nearly $1 million. She has to be considered and if the predicted rain produces a sloppy track she would be the top pick.

    10th Race: REPROVE (#4) was bounced around at the start in his turf debut and was just nosed out for second in a game effort. He makes his third career start for trainer Tom Drury and gets the nod in the finale. ICONIC (#6) figures to be the main competition. SHAHROZE (#8) makes his U.S. debut for Graham Motion and has to be respected. 

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