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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, April 22, 2016

    Race 1

    #5 Silvertown comes over as a first time gelding and brings a sharp work. Second in his last start with similar and should prove tough here. #7 Conquest Nitro adds blinkers and drops in for a tag for the first time. He is making his 3rd start of this form cycle and should be sharp. #6 Legal Eagle is making his 3rd start off the layoff also and shortens up from 2 two turn efforts.

    Selections

    #5, #7 and #6

    Race 2

    #4 Explosive Vacation ran a close 4th last out at this level. She moves back to the dirt and gets Lanerie in the saddle. #3 Sea Light drops in for a tag for the first time in 8 career starts. Beaten favorite last out but looks strong in this field. #5 Ghostly Again showed very little in her career debut but barn has good numbers with Mdn 2nd starts and could boost the exotics.

    Selections

    #4, #3 and #5

    Race 3

    #4 Dynabeaver makes a quick return having finished 2nd here just 7days ago. Look for this colt to appreciate the added distance and he will be fit. #2 Birdsone is a consistent check getter and had posted strong Beyer numbers before his vacation. 6-5 morning line on this gelding but do have concerns he can get the distance off the layoff. #3 Yolo Mon has been winning at 50% and fits with these.

    Selections

    #4, #2 and #3

    Race 4

    #1 Sensuous Pat broke her maiden here impressively last fall. She exits a nice win over the synthetic at Turfway and draws Stevens to the saddle. #2 Degrees of Freedom broke her maiden last out over the Gulfstream lawn. Chad Brown and Castellano make a formidable team with this filly. #6 Indypendent Deputy hasn’t been beat in 2 starts this year and has a shot to get another picture here.

    Selections

    #1, #2 and #6

    Race 5

    #4 Inspire Courage returns to the dirt and a distance that may suit him best. He brings a sharp worktab and Castellano in the irons. #3 I’mbetterthangood showed the way in his last start and just got caught at the wire to finish a very close 3rd. Lanerie returns to the saddle, he was aboard the gelding for his only win. #1 Bellamy Run adds blinkers and may try to steal with his already early foot coming out of the 1 post.

    Selections

    #4, #3 and #1

    $.50 Early Pick 4

    Race 2

    #3, #4

    Race 3

    #1, #2, #3, #4

    Race 4

    #1, #2, #6

    Race 5

    #1, #3, #4

    Cost $36

    Race 6

    #6 Turf Commander just missed in his debut effort and should handle this field with that one under his belt. #2 Manitoulin moves to the grass and pedigree suggest that he should move up over the lawn. #7 War Order adds blinkers and returns to the grass for his 7th try at breaking his maiden.

    Selections

    #6, #2 and #7

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1, #2, #6 and #7

    Cost $12

    Race 7

    #3 Touch and Smile comes in off her maiden win and has a sharp work over the Keeneland main track. #5 Mama Joyce very impressive maiden winner showing early foot and drawing off by 10. #2 Ivy Bell showed good courage breaking her maiden last out pulling away after being challenged for the lead.

    Selections

    #3, #5 and #2

    Race 8

    #4 Sunnysammi always brings a good effort and like the speed she showed in her in last. She looks very tough to catch. #7 Anusara came off the bench to face stakes company last out. She finished a respectable 3rd and should sharp off that one.

     #8 Melaleuca is another very consistent runner that loves this distance on the grass. Selections

    #4, #7 and #8

    Race 9

    #6 Ahh Chocolate may have a fitness edge over the favorite in here I’m a Chatterbox. She ran a good 3rd with stakes company in her first back. The Neil Howard charge has a win over the Keeneland course and she likes this distance. #2 I’m a Chatterbox is a multiple Graded Stakes winner and has been working bullets for her return. The millionaire filly is making her first start since finishing 8th in the Breeders Cup Distaff.  #7 White Clover went gate to wire in her last out with stakes company and looks good to land a share here.

    #6, #2 and #7

    Race 10

    #8 Pink’s Honor has a race over this course finishing 4th here opening day.  He drops slightly in price and could find the winners circle. #1 Principio has been steadily improving while dropping in class. #6 Mo’ Munnings just missed last out with Md $15K and could show up tough here.

    Selections

    #8, #1 and #6

    $.50 Late Pick 4

    Race 7

    #2, #3, #5

    Race 8

    #4, #7

    Race 9

    #2, #6

    Race 10

    #1, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9

    Cost #36

     

     

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