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KEENELAND / SATURDAY OCTOBER 5
Race 1: All Alex (1). It's Ramsey/Maker/Leparoux and this one has a sharp work on the Keeneland main track. Exacta boxes: 1-8, 1-2, 1-3
Race 2: Streethomealabama (6). This one ran well here at 4-and-a-half furlongs in the spring and she'll be even better around two turns. Exacta boxes: 6-7, 6-5, 6-4
Race 3: Coastline (3). The Casse-trainee was favored first time at CD and ran well to be second. Should graduate here. Exacta boxes: 3-12, 3-1, 3-7, 3-4
Race 4: Queen's Award (2). She loves Keeneland and ran one of her lifetime best races at the fall meet last year. Ire (7) is a live price play off the layoff, as she loves this track, too. Exacta box of 2-7-12-10
Race 5: Console (4). He's working superbly and I'm encouraged that trainer Mott puts this guy right back into a graded stake off a disappointing run. Exacta boxes: 4-3, 4-7, 4-8, 4-9
Race 6: Groupie Doll (6). I'm tempted to pick Judy the Beauty for an upset but I think the post draw favored Groupie Doll, so I'll pick her to win and play those two in an exacta box. Exacta box 6-1
Race 7: Daisy Devine (4). She runs her best races on this turf course and I think she's got another one in here. Trainer Andrew McKeever says she's back on top of her game after dealing with some foot issues in the summer. Exacta boxes: 4-1, 4-8, 4-7
Race 8: Conquest Titan (9). He has been highly-touted from the start and he caught a bear of a field in his debut at Churchill. This one came back to win a stake and trainer Mark Casse is confident of his chances in here. Exacta boxes: 9-10, 9-12, 9-3
Race 9: Wise Dan (10). It's all about Wise Dan here. Silver Max is the only one with a shot to beat him, as this guy is at his all-time best level and his speed going a flat mile will be tough to handle. Exacta box 10-9
Race 10: Guava Girl (11). Going for this one off the class drop for a hot trainer. Exacta boxes: 11-9, 11-7, 11-1
Late Pick 4: 4,1,8,7 with 9,10,12 with 10, 9 with 11,9