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KEENELAND / FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
Race 1: Suits My Fancy (1) drops in class and should get the win here. Exacta boxes: 1-2, 1-5, 1-8
Race 2: Dreaming Blue (5) is the pick here. The team of owner Mary Grum, trainer Cecil Borel and jockey Calvin Borel usually hit with at least one winner per meet here and this could be the one. Exacta boxes: 5-3, 5-2
Race 3: Sister Geneva (3) is 3-for-4 on synthetic surfaces and the third start off a layoff is often when a horse fires its best shot. Exacta boxes: 3-2, 3-5, 3-6
Race 4: Truly Amazing (9) comes off an impressive win on opening day and looks strong for two in a row. Exacta boxes: 9-1, 9-5, 9-7
Race 5: Go Kitten Go (2) drops in class and it's noteworthy that Johnny Velazquez takes the mount. Exacta boxes: 2-3, 2-6, 2-8
Race 6: Brewing (11) showed good speed before fading in the debut and those types often run much better second time out. Exacta boxes: 11-10, 11-2, 11-3
Race 7: Run a Risk (9) runs her best at Keeneland and two of her three wins came at this one-mile distance. Exacta boxes: 9-1/1a, 9-4, 9-7, 9-6
Race 8: Sneaky Blowout (12) should get an ideal trip from the outside post and may have a class edge on this group. Exacta boxes: 12-1, 12-11, 12-6
Race 9: in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County, Silverette (7) is going to be hard to beat. She's in career-best form and seems to have blossomed when moved to the turf. Malibu Moon (1) is dangerous, too and I'm not sure Sweet Cassiopeia is back to her best form yet. Exacta boxes: 7-1, 7-2, 7-8
Race 10: Trend Setter (9) drops in class and is working well. Exacta boxes: 9-5, 9-11
Late Pick 4: 9, 1/1a, 4, 7,6 with 12 with 7,1,2 with 9,5,11