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    Mike Battaglia

    Mike is Keeneland’s longtime odds maker and is recognized as being one of the best handicappers in America. In addition to his duties at Keeneland, he is a racing analyst for NBC’s Thoroughbred racing coverage.


    Sunday, April 12, 2015

    1st Race: MAGICAL MOMENT regained his winning form last out in impressive fashion. He rates the slight edge over One More Night in a close call. ONE MORE NIGHT has won two in a row since being claimed by Joe Sharp and will be hard to beat. SAINT OF SAINTS looks best of the rest.

    2nd Race: NUN THE LESS has never run a bad race. He has been idle since February when he closed well in a turf sprint at Gulfstream. He has been training well for Chris Block since that one and will like today's added distance. WATCHYOUROWNBOBBER was basically eased after pressing a fast pace in the Spiral (G3). He looks like the controlling speed in here and can be expected to run much better in his return to the grass. INSTANT REPLAY is bred to like the turf and is a contender.

    3rd Race: MISS HOOCHIE COOCHIE drops back in for a tag and moves back to the main track today. She appears to be in a good spot to pick up the win for trainer Jeff Thornbury with Julien Leparoux picking up the mount. GRACEE GOO has the speed to be on or near the lead and figures to be the one to catch. TOUGH BUSINESS fits in here.

    4th Race: EYE OF THE MOON drops in for a tag and John Velazquez picks up the mount. He posted a solid work here Monday and may like the move back to dirt. Give him the edge. COSMO BLUE figures to be the one to beat. BIRD PRINCE takes on the older runners but is a solid threat.

    5th Race: Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association -- Undefeated LADY ELI and SUNSET GLOW, the one-two finishers Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) make their 3-year-old debuts in this race. Both fillies have been training well for top connections but give the edge to Lady Eli in a close call. TIGER RIDE will be running at the end.

    6th Race: MONEY CHANGER was third in his first race back after a six-month layoff. He figures to move forward off that one and looks like a winner for trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez. FLASHY JEWEL exits the same race as the top pick and has to be considered. LEMON DROP TITLE was second in a tough race at Fair Grounds and can't be overlooked.

    7th Race: RETURN TO GRACE was fourth behind Tapitry, who came back to run well in a tough allowance race here Friday. Give her a slight edge in what appears to be a well-matched maiden race. LADY DYNA has had trouble at the start in both of her races and a clean break will make her hard to beat in here. ROBILLARD should like the added distance and move to the turf.

    8th Race – Adena Springs Beaumont (G2) -- HARLAN'S DESTINY finished a nonthreatening fourth in the Bourbonette Oaks (G3) at Turfway but will love the move back to the dirt where she is a perfect 4 for 4. She posted a bullet work here Wednesday and trainer Wayne Catalano should have her ready for a big effort. FANTASTIC STYLE is a speedy Bob Baffert runner who comes off back-to-back wins at Santa Anita. She is the one to catch. DELIGHTFUL JOY won a key maiden race at Gulfstream in February and is a solid contender in a tough renewal of this stakes.

    9th Race: COSTENIA was third behind Dancing House last out and that one came back to win impressively here Friday. Give her the slight edge in a wide-open allowance race. RECEPTA comes back after a long layoff but is training well and was third in the Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association last year. CEISTEACH came up a bit short in her 4-year-old debut at Tampa but should move forward off that start.

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