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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.
1st Race: JOJO’S GAL (#6) hooked a tough field at Churchill Downs in June and faded while running against the colts last out. Trainer Wesley Ward drops her in class and she gets the nod in the opener. U S DREAM (#12) flashed speed in her debut at Kentucky Downs and should move forward off that start. She is the one to beat. DON’T TELL ME NO (#3) is training well for her first start.
2nd Race: CHRISTIESBORNTORUN (#10) rates the edge for the dynamic team of the Ramseys and Maker, who dominated the owner/trainer standings in the spring. They send out six runners on the opening-day card and seem poised to pick up where they left off in April. NORTHSCAPE (#2) drops in class and will be tough at this level. TAHOE WARRIOR (#5) rates a chance.
3rd Race: BOLD VISIONARY(#7) faded a bit in his first attempt around two turns but should improve off of that effort and looks best with Leparoux picking up the mount. OOGLEY EYE (#1A) was no match for Kendall’s Boy last out but that one figures to be on of the favorites in tomorrow’s Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1). THUNDERGRAM (#2) is a definite threat in a tough maiden test.
4th Race: TOP TIER LASS (#9) ran poorly last out but a return to her best form would make her a winner for Maker/Ramseys. ST. LOUIE SLEW (#8) comes off a win at Arlington and figures to be the main competition. EXERCENS (#1) should figure in the gimmicks.
5th Race: CHOCOLATE RIDE (#2) didn’t break sharply in his debut but ran well to finish fourth in that one. He is bred to love the added distance and rates the edge for trainer Mark Casse and jockey Eurico Da Silva. PROFESSOR MIDNIGHT (#9) is already proven at the distance and will be running at the end. SCOUT LEADER (#1) looks dangerous if at his best.
6th Race: CENTRAL BANKER (#6) closed well to finish third against a 14-horse field in the Foxwoods King’s Bishop (G1). He will be hard to beat with a repeat of that performance. XBALANQUE (#2) is a proven Polytrack runner who has never been better. He figures to be the one to beat. VILLANDRY (#7) has been off for almost a year but jockey John Velazquez is up for trainer Charlie LoPresti and they have to be respected.
7th Race: I’LL CALL (#4) has been a beaten favorite in four of his last five races but return to the turf course where he broke his maiden and gets the nod with jockey Edgar Prado back aboard for trainer Graham Motion. ONE GOLDEN ROAD (#1) should get a good trip from the inside post and could add value to the gimmicks. RIVENDELL (#2) is a solid contender.
8th Race – Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3): SUM OF THE PARTS (#11) won this race last year and hasn’t visited the winner’s circle since that score. He has been training well for Tom Amoss and definitely loves the Polytrack. Give him the edge in a tough renewal of the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix. GENTLEMAN’S BET (#7) is the class in here but all of his races have been on dirt. If he handles the Polytrack, he will be very hard to beat. RELOAD (#3) ran the best race of his life over the Keeneland surface and is a solid threat.
9th Race – Darley Alcibiades (G1): RICHIES PARTY GIRL (#2) has the speed to be on or near the lead with Johnny Velazquez picking up the mount for trainer Wesley Ward. She is capable of the wire-to-wire score in an overflow field in the Darley Alcibiades. MY CONQUESTADORY (#7) won a stakes race against the boys in her debut at Woodbine. She runs back on just three weeks rest but a repeat of that performance would make her awfully tough to handle. ROSALIND (#12) will be running at the end and can’t be left out of the gimmicks.
10th Race: EMERALD CRESCENT (#5) has been running well at Presque Isle Downs and gets the nod in the finale. EYE OF THE EAGLE (#12) owns a win over the Keeneland Polytrack and has to be considered. SILENCE (#2) rates a chance.