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    Kim Nelson

    Kim has been involved with horses all her life. She has worked with pregnant mares, prepping yearlings, managed lay-up barns, exercise rider, assistant trainer and has trained a few of her own horses. She is also very involved in the placement of retired thoroughbreds once their racing careers are over. Kim worked as a handicapper for the Daily Racing form for 5 years before starting her work with Keeneland.

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    Race 1

    #3 Weekend Wish is in top form having won her last 3 races with starter company. She likes this distance and can’t go against her here. #5 Sarbi comes in off a slight freshener and draws Leparoux to the saddle. Filly looks to have a shot to boost the exotics. #2 Cotton Club Cutie is making her 2nd start of this cycle. She has been picking up regular paychecks this year and fits well with these.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1 Luce Mia, #2 Cotton Club Cutie, #3 Weekend Wish, #5 Sarbi

    Cost $12

    Race 2

    #7 Livonzin raced here on opening day finishing 4th beaten only 2 lengths. Muddy track that day and expect him to move up on a fast track with this company. #2 Slick Pardoned Me has been on the board his last 4 starts. He likes the distance and is player at this level. #9 Practice Tee is an old warhorse that always deserves a look.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1 Paint the Moon, #2 Slick Pardoned Me, #7 Livonzin, #9 Practice Tee

    Cost $12

    Race 3

    #1 Maziette is making her 3rd start off the layoff. Third place finish with similar here on the 7th, she should be sharp for this event. #6 Benny’s Bombshell is a lightly race 4 year old filly but a couple of her performances suggest she could be in the right spot here.  #5 Tiz Sexy Now was the beaten favorite in the same race as Maziette last out finishing 4th.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1 Maziette, #2 Appeal to the Win, #5 Tiz Sexy Now, #6 Benny’s Bombshell

    Cost $12

    Race 4

    #3 Fast Pay is a first time starter for the Vickie Oliver barn. Barn is 18% with firsters and looks like she has found a nice spot for her debut. #5 Cinco Zippy just missed with MSW company 3 back on the dirt. A repeat of that effort could land her a share. #1 Sapphire Spitfire caught a muddy track here in her last start. She shortens off that one and draws Lopez to the saddle. #2 Sweetwater is the 8-5 morning line favorite. Can’t leave her out of exotics.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1 Sapphire Spitfire, #2 Sweetwater, #3 Fast Pay, #5 Cinco Zippy

    Cost $12

    Race 5

    #3 Tasunke is making her 3rd career start for the Pletcher barn. The Indian Charlie filly should relish the 7 furlongs with Leparoux in the saddle. #6 Can’t Be Dazzled has a race over the track finishing 3rd with similar company. #2 Prancing is a Tapit filly trained by Charlie Lopresti that has a bit of home court advantage. #1 Noncommital ran well in her debut effort. Inside draw may be tough for her but she still looks like a player.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1 Noncommital, #2 Prancing, #3 Tasxunke, #6 Can’t Be Dazzled

    Cost $12

    Race 6

    #7 Yo Carm broke his maiden last out in gate to wire fashion. He posted a strong Beyer number for only his 3rd career start and like him to show the way here. #9 Madtap broke his maiden easily in his first try. Bit tougher bunch here but the Tapit colt looks the part. #1 Surgical Strike is getting a class relief exiting the Grade 3 Bourbon. Willing effort in the race suggest he could be tough here.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1 Surgical Strike, #7 Yo Carm, #9 Madtap, #10 Dragunov

    Cost $12

    Race 7 begins the Last Pick 4

    $.50 Late Pick 4

    Race 7

    #2 Bombo Genesis, #4 Speak Softly, #9 Bird Sense

    Race 8

    #1 Awopaho, #2 Thundergram, #6 Bold Conquest, #9 Tout

    Race 9

    #1a Personal Diary, #2 Al’s Gal, #6 Harass

    Race 10

    #1 Wild Man, #3 Donegal Moon, #9 Airman’s Creed

    Cost $54





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