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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.

    Saturday, October 17, 2015

    Race 1

    Can’t bet against the favorite in this one. She has the early speed and the form to take this bunch gate to wire. #2 Lotta Attitude has been very popular for $40k in recent form. She loves this distance. #2 Rusticana deserves a look off her last 2 performances.

    $1 Trifecta Key

    #1 over all

    Cost #12

    Race 2

    #4 Gallant Speed exits a sharp performance at this level making only his 2nd start. Hot barn brings them over to win. #2 Brett Park has been settling for minor awards in 11 starts. He is making her 3rd start of this cycle and could find the winners circle. #1 Al Risala is making his first start for the Lukas barn. While barn doesn’t get many first out winners, they are well prepared and usually land a share.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1 Al Risala, #2 Brett Park, #4 Gallant Steed, #6 I Believe I Can

    Cost $12

    Race 3

    #1 Rastanora probably has the best shot of getting this distance. She adds blinkers and recent races should have her fit. #2 Seagrass is stretching out for the first time and the added distance may prove beneficial for this filly’s closing stride. #7 Ultimatum turned in a decent debut effort and should improve off that one.

    $2 Exacta Box

    #1 Rastanora, #2 Seagrass, #7 Ultimatum

    Cost $12

    Race 4

    #5 Torcida is making her 3rd start of this cycle and gets some class relief. Past form suggests she is capable of win against these. #2 See Through leaves the blinkers behind and should be sharp off her last. #7 Little Norwegian draws hot jock Leparoux to the saddle and is making her 2nd start off the layoff.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #2 See Through, #5 Torcida, #7 Little Norwegian, #8 Littlebitofsense

    Cost $12

    Race 5

    #6 Whence impressed in his last over a muddy track. He tired and finished 3rd but was only making his 2nd start and look for him to dominate this time. #4 Urban Bourbon comes over with the Kenneally barn. Making his 3rd career start and should improve. #2 Proud Zip finished a very close 2nd to Mo Tom in his debut effort. Mo Tom came back to finish a very nice third here at Keeneland with allowance company.

    $.50 Trifecta Key

    #6 Whence over all

    Cost $21

    Race 6

    #4 Shadow Rock came off the bench with a decent run with tough company at Churchill. Five and half on the grass is this gelding’s niche and expect him to return to the winners circle here. #6 Bottle Rocket best numbers have come over the grass and they fit here. #3 Great Minds best Beyer figures have also come over the grass at this distance. Been off since July but should land a share.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #3 Great Minds, #4 Shadow Rock, #6 Bottle Rocket, #7 Yodel

    Cost $12

    Race 7 begins the Late Pick 4

    Very expensive bunch of babies here. #4 Bandwidth, a $225K Keeneland September yearling won by 6 at first asking. He is also flattered by the 2nd place finisher, Synchrony, coming back to win here on the 11th convincingly. The very well-bred #2 Rafting adds Lasix for the first time. He broke his maiden impressively in only his 2nd start. #5 Smart Moon another Keeneland September graduate for $500K also broke his maiden at 2nd asking. #1 Gun Runner found the winners circle first try and has since turned in a bullet work. Giving the slight edge to #4 Bandwidth but will use all of the above in the Pick 4

    Race 8

    #6 I’m Already Sexy Multiple Graded Stakes winner gets the slight edge in here. She ran a huge race last out to finish 2nd in first off a short break. Looks like a nice spot for her to prep for the next level. #1 Emotional Kitten is in top form and comes over with top connections. #2 Overheard is making 3rd start of this cycle and is also a Multiple Graded stakes winner. Will use all three in Pick 4

    Race 9

    #2 Bar of Gold looks like the filly to beat in this one. Second to the amazing Cavorting her last 2 starts turning in willing efforts. She brings a bullet work and looks the part. #7 Forever Unbridled kept some tough company too in her first 6 starts and held her own. She is coming off a summer vacation but this a nice filly that could show up tough first start back. Sticking with these 2 in the Pick 4

    Race 10

    #8 Almost English has been improving with each race off the layoff. Leparoux rode him to his last win and stays on board here. #5Tanner’s Popsicle is looking for a hat trick and comes over from the hot Richard barn. These 2 in the last leg.

    $.50 Pick 4

    Race 7

    #4 Bandwidth, # Rafting, #5 Smart Moon, #1 Gun Runner

    Race 8

    #2 Overheard, #6 I’m Already Sexy, #1 Emotional Kitten

    Race 9

    #2 Bar of Gold, #7 Forever Unbridled

    Race 10

    #5 Tanner’s Popsicle, #8 Almost English

    Cost $24





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