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1st Race: CONQUEST NITRO (#7) ran poorly last out with no visible excuse but trainer Mark Casse runs him back quickly and adds blinkers. Look for a better effort today. SILVERTOWN (#5) has finished second in four of his last five races and posted a solid work at Churchill on Sunday. LEGAL EAGLE (#6) is a definite threat.
2nd Race: SEA LIGHT (#3) is the only 4-year-old in here and she rates the edge as she drops in for a tag for the first time. EXPLOSIVE VACATION (#4) is probably better on grass but she woke up last out and Corey Lanerie rides. RUN ALEX RUN (#1) rates a chance.
3rd Race: BIRDSONE (#2) was overmatched last out in a Grade 3 race but drops back in against starter allowance runners today. He ran well over this track last year and looks like a good bet to win this one at short odds. DYNABEAVER (#4) also likes the Keeneland strip and figures second best. HALO NATION (#1) is lightly raced and could improve.
4th Race: SENSUOUS PAT (#1) comes off an allowance win on the Turfway Polytrack and should be able to handle the move back to the turf today. She figures to get a good trip with Gary Stevens picking up the mount for trainer Kenny McPeek and could spring the upset in here. CAPE CAROLINE (#4) has solid grass form and will be rallying from off the pace. She is the one to beat. DEGREES OF FREEDOM (#2) had to drop in class to get her maiden win but is a solid threat.
5th Race: INSPIRE COURAGE (#4) was a beaten favorite last out at Gulfstream but has been training sharply since returning to Kentucky. He ran well over the Keeneland strip last meet and looks like a good bet to win this one for trainer Mike Maker and jockey Javier Castellano. I'MBETTERTHANGOOD (#3) has just one win in 18 races but is the one to beat with Corey Lanerie back aboard. BELLAMY RUN (#1) has the speed to make the lead from the inside post and could be tough to catch.
6th Race: WAR ORDER (#7) should like the move back to the turf and figures to be in good position right off of the early leaders. Trainer Graham Motion adds blinkers and he rates the slight edge with Van Dyke picking up the mount. TURF COMMANDER (#6) just missed in his debut and can be expected to move forward off that start. SIR DUDLEY DIGGES (#1) has the speed to be dangerous.
7th Race: TOUCH AND SMILE (#3) was very professional in her debut win at Turfway. She overcame a poor start to win by a neck and has trained well since that score. She figures to move forward and is capable of making it two in a row with Gary Stevens picking up the mount for trainer Wesley Ward. IVY BELL (#2) comes off a sharp maiden win at Oaklawn and is the one to beat. MAMA JOYCE (#5) won for a tag but did it easily and is a contender.
8th Race: ELUSIVE HOLIDAY (#2) was a game winner in her 4-year-old debut coming off of a 4½-month layoff. She ran well in both of her turf races last year and rates the slight edge in a wide-open turf sprint. ANUSARA (#7) has raced well on all surfaces finishing in the money in 11 of her 13 races. She will be running late and is definitely the one to beat. SWEET DIVA (#11) just missed last out and has to be considered.
9th Race – Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3): I'M A CHATTERBOX (#2) had an excellent 3-year-old campaign for Larry Jones and she has been training sharply for her 4-year-old debut. She has the tactical speed to be on or near the lead throughout and she looks like a solid bet to win as a heavy favorite. AHH CHOCOLATE (#6) capped her 3-year-old season with a win against older runners in the Falls City (G2). She may not have liked the mud at Fair Grounds in her 2016 debut in March and figures to be the main threat to the favorite. WHITE CLOVER (#7) looks best of the rest.
10th Race: PINK'S HONOR (#8) made a nice middle move while wide in a race here on opening day. He can improve on that effort today and is capable of winning this one with Robby Albarado picking up the mount. FORTY PURRS (#9) has been off since August but drops in class for his return and has to be respected. WAGON BOSS (#2) drops in for a tag for the first time and rates a chance.