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Friday, October 23
(3) Weekend Wish is in top form and has won before at Keeneland. Exacta boxes 3-2, 3-1, 3-4
(7) Livonzin has a good race over this track and I'll take that angle at a price in a race with no standout choice. Exacta boxes 7-1, 7-5, 7-2
(6) Benny's Bombshell drops in class for a barn that has gotten hot late in this meet and the two workouts here are encouraging. Exacta boxes 6-5, 6-1
(2) Sweetwater ran an improved race when making the first start over this course earlier in the meet. Now, there's a class drop off a race in which he caught a fast pace. Exacta boxes 2-1,2-5, 2-8
(8) Yum Yum beat over half the field in the debut and that was here and at this same distance--all good signs for an improved here in this spot. Exacta boxes 8-1, 8-3, 8-6
(3) One Legend made a big improvement when switched to the turf and then next time, may have run better than it looks because of a bad post. Lanerie staying in the saddle is an encouraging sign, too. Exacta boxes 3-7, 3-1, 3-2
(2) Bombo Genesis goes for a trainer who excels off the layoff and is having a strong meet. Exacta boxes 2-4, 2-5, 2-8, 2-9
(1) Awopaho has good speed from the rail and shortens up from nine furlongs, plus this one should improve with a race over the track. Exacta boxes 1-9, 1-2, 1-6, 1-3
(1a) Personal Diary is a grade 1 winner so this is a much softer spot than she's used to seeing. She likes firm turf, which she should get here and I like that they reach out to get Lanerie to ride. Exacta boxes 1-4, 1-2, 1-5
(3 Donegal Moon was narrowly beaten by an impressive winner here on opening weekend. Now, he shortens up to a mile and may have caught an easier field than what he's been facing. Exacta boxes 3-4, 3-5, 3-6
Late Pick 4: 2,4,5,8,9 with 1,9,2,3,6 with 1/1a, 4,2,5 with 3