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Saturday, April 11
Race 1: (4) Whatthecatdrugin has a good record at Keeneland and the trainer wins at a 24 percent clip with claims. Exacta boxes 4-3, 4-1
Race 2: (2) Mountain Cry has caught two tough fields in the last two and may win here with some class relief. Exacta boxes 2-1, 2-4, 2-6
Race 3: (4) Scout Leader showed big improvement last time out and now makes the third start off a layoff. Exacta boxes 4-3, 4-6, 4-5
Race 4: (5) Final Redemption goes for a trainer who excels with layoff horses and this one ran well in a graded stake last year. Exacta boxes 5-4, 5-9, 5-1
Race 5: in the grade 3 Ben Ali, (5) Prontico gets the call. The Pletcher barn has been hot thus far and that work here won praise from the local clockers (see keeneland.com workout report), so I think he'll bounce back to his best form. Exacta boxes 5-4, 5-1, 5-3
Race 6: (3) Big Red Charlie comes off two very good races at the Fairgrounds and shows a sharp local workout. Exacta boxes 3-1, 3-8, 3-4
Race 7: in the Giant's Causeway, (11) Free as a Bird gets the nod over Ageless because she's had a race under her belt this year and she likes this turf course. Exacta boxes 11-4, 11-2, 11-1
Race 8: (4) Playtime draws Castellano in the saddle and trainer Shug McGaughey often has a couple of good young ones to unveil at the Keeneland meet in the spring. Exacta boxes 4-3, 4-7, 4-5
Race 9: in the grade 1 Jenny Wiley, (3) Filimbi gets the nod after encountering trouble in her 2015 debut. She shows a good local work and keeps Rosario in the saddle. Exacta boxes 3-1, 3-4
Race 10: in the grade 3 Coolmore Lexington, (2) Comfort gets the call for the Pletcher barn. She was apparently purchased out of that last race and he's had several works for the new connections. Exacta boxes 2-1, 2-6, 2-7
Race 11: (4) Indebted won first-time out so that indicates some talent and Clement excels with layoff types. Exacta boxes 4-7, 4-8, 4-5
Late Pick 4: 4,3,7,5 with 3,4 with 2,6,7 with 4,7,5,8