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    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.


    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    1st Race: DYNAMO RIDGE (#3) had a solid runner-up finish here two weeks ago and appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden score this afternoon. MIDNIGHT DANCE (#4) comes off a couple of decent efforts and is the one to beat. GLENNEVAN (#6) could add value to the gimmicks.

     

    2nd Race: DUVAL ST. (#2) faded after chasing the pace in a fast race on the Gulfstream turf. He can handle the move back to the dirt and rates the edge in here with Robby Albarado picking up the mount for trainer Dale Romans. KUTUZOV (#1) broke poorly last out and was never really in contention. A better start from the inside post could put him in front early and he could be tough to catch. SCOUT LEADER (#4) will be running late and has to be considered.

     

    3rd Race: DUCHESS BIRD (#7) comes off a runner-up finish against similar company and looks like a solid bet to get the win for trainer Nick Zito with Joe Bravo back aboard. TIZTHEDREAM (#2) chased the top pick last out and should complete a short-priced exacta. THREE LOVES AND ME (#5) looks best of the rest.

     

    4th Race: DIAMONDS FOR LEAH (#7) was never in contention in her debut here five days ago but the winner drew off by 9 lengths in that one and she ran well to finish fourth. Trainer Kenny McPeek elects to run her back on short rest and Gary Stevens retains the mount. BOLD CONTENDER (#6) ran well in both of her races in Florida. She looks like the one to beat. MAIN ASSET (#3) exits the same race as Bold Contender and has to be considered. The big question in here is who can get the mile and a half.

     

    5th Race: RED LODGE (#8) is one of two in here for trainer Wesley Ward. She looked like a winner in her debut but jockey Julio Garcia failed to see Hey Mike and Javier Castellano, who closed very strongly on the rail. She will be tough to catch today. TAGLIA (#7) is also trained by Ward and posted a bullet work here on Sunday. CHINA GROVE (#3) is training sharply for Ben Colebrook.

     

    6th Race: SAYLER’S CREEK (#3) prefers the turf but he did break his maiden on the dirt at Churchill. Ramsey/Maker drop him in for a tag for the first time in two years and he can win at this level. YUKON SKY (#5) beat several of these same horses last out and will be tough again today. OL ARMY (#8) was well beaten by Yukon Sky but was claimed by trainer Ingrid Mason, who does well with her first claims.

     

    7th Race: GRANNY’S KITTEN (#6) was well beaten in his 4-year-old debut but has to need that race. He has been training well since then and his last work was a bullet here on Sunday. Trainer Mike Maker figures to have him ready to go today and he gets the edge. SKY HERO (#5) has been off since September but he has been working very well both here and on the turf at Palm Meadows. He is the one to beat. BLARP (#5) has proven to be a good claim for trainer Joe Sharp and has to be considered.

     

    8th Race: LIGHTNING DOVE (#8) debuts for trainer Wesley Ward so I'm picking her on top. COLD HEARTED PEARL (#6) caught the clockers’ eyes with her last work and could be ready to run well. MAKEALITTLELOVE (#1) also had a good work and trainer Mike Maker won with his only 2-year-old starter this meet.

     

    9th Race: WAR ENVOY (#5) made his 4-year-old debut in Barbados, finishing third in the Barbados Gold Cup. He has been training well since returning to Kentucky and his best would make him a winner in this one. VICI (#3) has shown improvement since moving to the grass and has the tactical speed to be in good position throughout. He could be tough to catch in here. BILLY’S STAR (#9) is a definite threat.

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