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E.g., 2014-04-23

    Kim Nelson

    Kim Nelson has grown up with horses in Kentucky. She began her career with Thoroughbreds at North Ridge Farm in Lexington, KY where she worked with foaling mares and yearlings. She moved on from there to work for Carl Nafzger as an assistant trainer and exercise rider. After the birth of her daughter she changed careers to handicapping for the Daily Racing Form. Once the Daily Racing Form closed its handicapping department in Lexington, Kim was very fortunate to land a position with Marylou Whitney Stables. She is now the assistant racing and breeding manager for Mrs. Whitney.


    Saturday, April 5, 2014

    ~~Saturday, April 5, 2014
    Race 1
    A race for first time 2 year olds, anything can happen. Wesley Ward carries the highest percentage of winners with firsters and he saddles the #6 Climb in Back and the #4 Time Out of Mind. #1 Skyway has a really sharp work from the gates here recently as does his stablemate #1A Skyracer. McPeek’s firster looks to be a threat also.
    .10 Superfecta Box
    #1 Skyway, #3 Time Out of Mind, #5 It’ll Be Fine, #6 Climb in Back
    Cost $2.40

    Race 2
    #7 Shun hasn’t shown much run in his last 3 starts but note the gate to wire win last fall at Keeneland. Dropping back in for a tag and returning to poly might get this gelding back on track. Jump for Kitten is making his first start off the claim. He has a bit of early foot and this spot looks to suit him.  #1 Horned Frog is the morning line favorite but have a few concerns after his last effort.

    .50 Trifecta Box
    #1 Horned Frog, #4 N.B.A. Money, #6 Jump for Kitten, #7 Shun
    Cost $12

    Race 3
    #8 Franklin looks hard to beat in this race and can’t really pick against him here. #5 County Corrections is making his 2nd start after a decent debut and #2 Money Fan is making his 3rd start this year and should show up ready to run.
    $2 Exacta Box
    #2 Money Fan, #5 County Corrections, #8 Franklin
    Cost $12

    Race 4
    Maiden fillies going 6 furlongs. #2 Smart N Soft is coming back off vacation and expect Mr. Nafzger to have her ready to fire. #8 Southern Honey has turned in 2 respectable performances so far and should pose a threat. #6 State Visit has the experience edge.
    .10 Superfecta Box
    #2 Smart N Soft, #3 Ms. Jean Elizabeth, #6 State Visit, #7 Boom Boom Vroom, #8 Southern Honey
    Cost $12

    Race 5
    This is a tough bunch of boys here. Should be a fight to the wire. Giving the edge to #7 Boisterous. The millionaire 7 year old has kept the best of company and likes this course and the distance. #4 Up With the Birds hasn’t missed a check in 9 starts but has been off since October and may need one. #1 Forte Dei Marmi is another warrior that has put together quite the resume but is also coming back off a winter vacation.
    $10 to win and place
    #7 Boisterous
    Cost $20

    Race 6
    #7 Summer Camp turned in a solid performance her first out and expect her to improve off that one. #5 Hunting Hill has the experience edge and turned in a couple of decent efforts over this course last fall. #3 Purse Strings is an expensive yearling purchase making her debut for the Catalano barn.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #3 Purse Strings, #5 Hunting Hill, #7 Summer Camp , #8 Creative Spirit
    Cost $12

    Late Pick 4 .50
    Race 7
    #2 Street Shark, #5 Forward Thinker, #4 Seekingthediamond, #6 Patrioticandproud, #9 Lay It Down
    Race 8
    #3 Sorpresa d’Oro, #10 Myositis Dan
    Race 9
    #5 Thank You Marylou, #9 Candy Kitten, #6 Testa Rossi
    Race 10
    #4 Satisfaction, #2 Canny Nanny
    Cost $30

     

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