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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.


    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    Race 1

    #6 Glennevan making his 3rd start of this form cycle and brings a bullet work. He is bred for the distance and like his chances here. #3 Dynamo Ridge finished 2nd here with Md $30K April 15th. Second try with blinkers and will likely be tough. #5 It’s All Copacetic exits the race with Dynamo Ridge and expect him to improve off that effort.

    Selections

    #6, #3 and #5

    Race 2

    #4 Scout Leader fits this level of company and brings a nice work over the Keeneland course. #1 Kutuzov has a race over the course and should appreciate the stretch out here. #2 Duval St. well beaten in his last but moves back to the dirt and past form suggest he can be competitive with these.

    Selections

    #4, #1 and #2

    Race 3

    #2 Tizthedream drops to her lowest level and looks like she can put it all together this time. Hot jock Lanerie lands here. #7 Duchess Bird finished 2nd last out over this course. She too drops to her lowest level and poses a threat. #5 Three Loves and Me deserves a look for part.

    Selections

    #2, #7 and #5

    Race 4

    #4 Any Given Trace exits a key race and has the experience to get the 1 ½ mile distance. #5 Bold Contender is a strong contender in this spot making her 3rd career start. On the board her last 2 over the grass she should be prepared for the added distance. #9 American Cowgirl draws Leparoux to the saddle and she too exits a couple of nice races on the grass.

    Selections

    #4, #5 and #9

    Race 5

    #8 Red Lodge just missed last out and it is possible the jockey got a little over confident of the win. Geroux up this time and she’ll be tough. #7 Taglia also from the Ward barn and looks to be her stable mate’s toughest competition. #3 China Grove has been working very well for her debut.

    Selections

    #8, #7 and #3

    $.50 Late Pick 4

    Race 2

    #1, #2, #4, #6

    Race 3

    #2, #7

    Race 4

    #1, #2, #4, #5, #6, #9

    Race 5

    #7, #8

    Cost $48

    Race 6

    #3 Sayler’s Creek hasn’t missed a check in 4 starts over the Keeneland course. He drops in class from his last race and looks too tough in here. #4 Copse has the Beyer numbers to suggest he could be competitive with these. #9 Sideways Vision ran a very close 3rd last out for $10K. 

    Selections

    #3, #4 and #9

    Race 7

    #5 Sky Hero is making his first start off the layoff and brings an awesome worktab. #9 Town Extension is also coming off a layoff but barn is strong with this type. He won over the Keeneland turf last spring and likes this distance. #3 Blarp exits Graded Stakes company and should appreciate the class relief.

    Selections

    #5, #9 and #3

    Race 8

    #8 Lightning Dove is a 2-year-old Uncle Mo filly from the Ward barn. #7 Conquest Bandido looks sharp for the Casse barn. #1 Makealittlelove brings a sharp work.

    Selections

    #8, #7 and #1

    Race 9

    #5 War Envoy is making his 2nd start of his 2016 campaign and brings a solid worktab over the Keeneland grass. #2 One Go All Go is the top money earner in this field but has been off since last November. May need a race. #9 Billy’s Star is also coming off a winter layoff but has a strong resume.

    Selections

    #5, #2 and #9

    $.50 Late Pick 4

    Race 6

    #3

    Race 7

    #4, #5, #6, #9

    Race 8

    #8

    Race 9

    #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10

    Cost $18

     

     

     

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