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1st Race: TIU (#2) drops back in for a tag after an even effort against better her on opening day. He appears to be in a good position to get his maiden score for trainer Mike Maker and jockey Alan Garcia. EL ZOHAN (#8) is also trained by Maker. He has only had one race and is eligible to improve. TAPIT QUICK (#6) is a contender.
2nd Race: NIGHT PARTY (#3) is winless this year but has been facing better company. He needed his last race and rates the edge in a tough claiming race. PHOTO SHOOT (#9) is also dropping in class. He has run well over this track in the past and will be hard to beat if at his best. DREAMS CUT SHORT (#1) will be running at the end.
3rd Race: PAN DULCE (#5) is another Ramsey/Maker runner who appears to be well spotted for a win. He has never run on the Polytrack but posted a solid recent work and Rosie Napravnik is back aboard. MINNIE BEAR (#8) was claimed back by trainer Wesley Ward and has been training very well since that claim. Look for big improvement from this one. NOWTHATSALADY (#7) has the speed to be dangerous.
4th Race: IRISH SEA (#4) has never run a bad race and comes off a solid win on the Churchill lawn. He looks like a good bet to make it two in a row for trainer Steve Margolis and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan. KALAMOS (#3) is an invader from France who moves to the barn of Bill Mott for his U.S. debut. He has been training steadily and figures to be the one to beat. STATE FLAG (#9) fits in here.
5th Race: JERRY LOVE (#4) showed big improvement on the Tapeta at Presque Isle, finishing a close second behind the 3-5 favorite. She looks like a good bet to get the win today. DIVA MEG (#1) has posted back-to-back bullet works for her debut and figures to be the main competition. IRELAND (#10) rates a chance.
6th Race: FRAC DADDY (#4) looked good winning his turf debut but faded after chasing a very fast pace in the Saranac (G3). He has trained sharply since returning to Kentucky and trainer Ken McPeek figures to have him ready to go today. TAHOE LAKE (#9) is a 7-year-old who has only won two races but has run well over this turf course in graded stakes races and is the one to beat. FEAR THE KITTEN (#6) has yet to win a race on the grass but still looks dangerous in here.
7th Race: PICK OF THE LITTER (#11) was third in the Coolmore Lexington (G3) in his only race here at Keeneland. He has been training well for Dale Romans and figures to be ready to win this afternoon. BOGART (#10) broke his maiden over this track last year and had to need his race at Delaware Park after a long layoff. He figures to improve and is the one to beat. HARD ACES (#3) is a solid threat.
8th Race – Sycamore (G3): NUTELLO (#8) faded badly after chasing a “rabbit” in the Joe Hirsch Turf Invitational (G1) and also may have bounced in his second start in the U.S. Look for big improvement from him today. TEMERAINE (#3) comes off a game win at Kentucky Downs under a perfectly timed ride by Gary Stevens. A similar trip will make him tough to beat in here. REFLECTING (#2) won here at the mile and a half distance in April and is a contender.
9th Race: SERVING TIME (#5) has won two of three since moving to the barn of trainer Mike Bell. She moves up in class for this one but looks like a solid bet to win again with Rosie Napravnik aboard. SHERRY ANGEL (#2) figures to be the one to beat. NORTHERN BOREALIS (#9) could add value to the gimmicks.