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KEENELAND April 8
Race 1: (9) Love the Kitten runs for the potent combo of trainer Wesley Ward and owners Ken & Sarah Ramsey and I'll give that one the edge over his stablemate. Exacta boxes 9-1, 9-4
Race 2: (3) Baby Trump comes off a career-best Beyer number and something close to that would win in this spot. Exacta boxes 3-2, 3-6
Race 3: (1) Rapscallion always seems to run well here under any conditions and he may get the kind of track he won over last fall. Exacta boxes 1-4, 1-6, 1-5
Race 4: (7) Brigade goes back to dirt, a surface on which this one shows three wins. Exacta boxes 7-2, 7-9, 7-4
Race 5: (6) Lahinch Classics is a Euro import for trainer Chad Brown and that's often a successful combo of factors. The steady pattern of works is encouraging, too. Exacta boxes 6-9, 6-3, 6-2. (if race goes on main track, #9 and #2 merit a stronger look)
Race 6: (9) Boone Station shows three bullet works for trainer McLaughlin and draws Rosario in the saddle. Both are major positives. Exacta boxes 9-5, 9-1/1A, 9-8
Race 7: (7) Broadway Show won the debut impressively and then she caught a tough bunch for her second start. The class drop could pay dividends here. Exacta boxes 7-11, 7-1, 7-8
Race 8: (3) Top Billing makes the second start off a long layoff and can be expected to improve for local connections who probably would wait if this one was not ready to run well. Exacta boxes 3-4, 3-11, 3-8
Race 9: (7) Greek Life was claimed last time for connections who look for horses at the Gulfstream meet that they can win with here. And this one shows three wins on dirt. Exacta boxes 7-8, 7-9, 7-11
Late Pick 4: 9,5,1 with 7,11,1,8 with 3,4,8, 11 with 7