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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 25, 2014

    1st Race: CONQUEST TSUNAMI (#4) has had two sharp gate works and trainer Mark Casse should have him ready to go today. STORM OFF (#1A) rallied to finish second in his debut and should improve. LAMONTAGNE (#8) is one of two fillies in here from the barn of trainer Wesley Ward and has to be respected.

    2nd Race: SQUIDALEM (#1) and NAPA VALLEY (#1A) run coupled as the entry from trainer Ken McPeek entry. Both come off solid efforts over the Keeneland strip and rate the slight edge in a wide-open maiden claimer. WINTER’S GIFT (#5) drops a notch in class after a good race on the Gulfstream turf and is the one to beat. COVER SHOOT (#3) is a 4-year-old with the speed to be dangerous.

    3rd Race: HIT GIRL (#9) comes back after a long layoff but trainer Mike Stidham has solid numbers with returning runners. She won over this track last year and could spring the upset with jockey Stewart Elliott picking up the mount. DISSENSION (#7) beat a weak field last out but did it easily and has to be considered. WEEKEND WISH (#3) rates a chance.

    4th Race: GENTLEMAN’S CODE (#8) drops in class and is a perfect 2 for 2 on the synthetics. He should be able to handle this bunch with jockey Dylan Davis up for trainer Wesley Ward. EXPLORING (#6) comes off a couple of dull efforts but is also dropping in class and fits with these. TIREE (#3) has the speed to be dangerous.

    5th Race: TELL ALL YOU KNOW (#6) hooked some very tough turf sprinters in Tampa Bay Downs and ran well in both of his races over that grass course. If he takes to the Keeneland turf he can win this one. STORMY ROCIT (#1) has been idle since a sharp win on the Churchill turf course and is training well for his return. COUNTERCYCLICAL (#4) has posted big numbers on the dirt but is untested on turf.

    6th Race: ELYSIAN (#2) ran well in her debut to finish second and should move forward off that effort. She appears to be in a good spot to get her maiden score today. BOOB BOOM VROOM (#10) was a couple of lengths behind the top pick last out and is the one to beat. TIS DUET (#7) is a definite contender.

    7th Race: FASHION FUND (#8) is a maiden who chased multiple winner Wedding Ring, a career earner of over $430,000, in her last two races at Newmarket. She makes her U.S. debut for Shug McGaughey and looks like a good bet to get her maiden score with John Velazquez up. MIZ LEE (#1) was second against Lawn Party at Gulfstream and that one came back to run third in an allowance race here on Wednesday. SEQUIOTA (#7) rates a chance.

    8th Race: SIMILU (#4) rallied to finish second in her first race back after a long layoff. She will move forward off that one and could make it two in a row for trainer Shug McGaughey. KEENING (#7) has been idle since a decent effort in the Mrs. Revere (G2) in November. She is training well for her comeback and is definitely the one to beat. TAP TWENTY ONE (#10) likes the Keeneland Polytrack and is a solid contender.

    9th Race – Dixiana Elkhorn (G2): TEMERAINE (#5) has been competitive against some top company and won at this distance at Kentucky Downs. Give him the slight edge in what looks like a wide-open renewal of the Dixiana Elkhorn. OPTIMIZER (#2) had an excellent 4-year-old campaign with runner-up finishes to Wise Dan and Point of Entry in Grade 1 races. He ran poorly in his only start this year but has trained well since coming back to Kentucky and can't be overlooked. TRICKY HAT (#10) has a good race over this turf course and is also a winner at the 1 ½-mile distance.

    10th Race: LET IT SLAM (#7) is a 4-year-old making just her second career start for underrated trainer George Leonard. She closed well in her race at Mountaineer and has been training over the Polytrack at Turfway. She could spring the upset in the finale. DREAMING OF KITTEN (#2) has been a beaten favorite in both of her races but drops in for a tag and is the one to beat. POPPY’S DREAM (#10) is a contender.

     

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