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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.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Race 1

    #7 Time for My Angel just missed as the favorite last out. A slight improvement off that one puts her in the winners circle here. #4 Rose’s Asset landed a 2nd place finish with similar in her debut. Expect her to show up for part again. #2 Margo Yvonne showed little in her debut but trainer has strong percentages with Md 2nd start.

    $5 to win

     #7 Time for My Angel

    Cost $5

    Race 2

    #6 Divine Storm has won his last 2 races and looks capable of making it 3 in a row.  First off the claim for the Richards barn and brings a sharp work. #1 Riley Rocks can flash some early speed to take advantage of her inside post. #2 K C’s Call fits with these.

    $5 to win

    #6 Divine Storm

    Cost $5

    Race 3

    #7 Bird Humor has finished 3rd his last 2 outs. Stretched out to 2 turns last time and he should appreciate the distance here. #9 Conquest Playmisty has been working well over the Keeneland course. First time for a tag and company should suit him. #1 Alzanbag also drops in for a tag for the first time. Eight starts under his belt and definitely a player.

    $.10 Superfecta Box

    #1 Alzanbaq, #4 Park Ranger, #6 Rippin Ranger, #7 Bird Humor, #9 Conquest Playmisty

    Cost $12

    Race 4

    #7 Creator closed from the clouds in his debut to land a very solid 2nd place. Love that effort and expect a win here. #2 Hunter O’Riley was another that closed very fast in his debut. Finished 3rd in that one and is flattered having the 1st and 2nd place finishers both come back for wins. #5 Dissident has got 3 starts under his belt. He tried staktes company last out and he should appreciate the move back to Maiden company.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #3 Hunter O’Riley, #4 Giles Fair, #5 Dissident, #7 Creator

    Cost $12

    Race 5

    #3 Pretty Priceless just missed at this level last out and this will be her 2nd time with Lasix. #7 Brass Tacks improved last time when dropping in for a tag. #9 Princess Bird is a firster that is capable of a share.

    $.10 Superfecta Box

    #3 Pretty Priceless, #6 Native Indy, #7 Brass Tacks, #9 Princess Bird, #10 Angels and Arches

    Cost $12

    Race 6

    #6 Southern Girl won her debut easily. The very well bred filly shouldn’t have any trouble repeating a win here. #2 Prognosis winner in her 2nd try can boast the best last Beyer figure. #3 Amazing Charisma has been the distance and won. She should be closing fast.

    $10 to win

    #6 Southern Girl

    Cost $10

    Race 7

    #10 Farz looks like the one to beat. Winner at this distance last time over this course. Trainer McLaughlin is 4 for 7 this meet and this colt looks the part. #5 Generous Kitten has a couple of wins in 5 starts. The Kitten’s Joy gelding should relish this turf at this distance. #1 Viglilante made a bold move to break his maiden last out at Saratoga. The Catalano charge has had a brief freshening and should show up sharp.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1 Vigilante, #2 Generous Kitten, #8 Tiz Town, #10 Farz

    Cost $12

    Race 8

    #1 Defer Heaven has 2 wins in 3 tries at Keeneland. The Defer Gelding is a very consistent performer and can use his early speed to take advantage of the inside draw. #9 Bull Dozer was the beaten favorite last time for $20K but did land a 3rd place finish. Looks good for part. #7 Plunder has consistent numbers and regular paychecks.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1 Defer heaven, #4 Mr. Fuzzybottom, #7 Plunder, #9 Bull Dozer

    Cost $12





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