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FRIDAY / October 24
Race 1: Not a Wallflower (1) ran its best Beyer last time although it came on turf, this one has run okay on dirt, too. Exacta box 1-2
Race 2: Mariano Intheninth (7) drops in class for connections looking to claim another owner's title. Exacta boxes 7-4, 7-5
Race 3: Another Lemon Drop (9) is by a sire whose offspring love this Keeneland lawn and Leparoux fits this one's closing style. Exacta boxes 9-11, 9-1, 9-14, 9-10
Race 4: Brigand Moon (1) was a pricey purchase earlier this spring so connections may be looking for a quick return-on-investment. Exacta box of 1-8-5-4
Race 5: Dancing House (5) stands out on class and should improve second off the layoff. Exacta part-wheel 5 over 4,10,11
Race 6: Ben's Juliette (2) goes first time for a claiming tag and is the one to beat. Keep an eye on Sakeena (3) as well, as she appears to be training well. Exacta box of 2-3-7-9
Race 7: Fawaarek (10) won on the Keeneland turf last fall and had trouble at the start in his last race. Exacta box 10-1-2-7
Race 8: Avicii (2) was much improved in that win earlier in the meet and she looks to be in top form. Exacta boxes of 2-5, 2-1
Race 9: Xaverian (5) should improve in second start off a layoff and did encounter a troubled trip last time. Exacta boxes 5-6, 5-1, 5-4, 5-16
Race 10: Jazz Apple (2) is a hunch play, given the trainer opts to use a speed rider in Lopez. Exacta box of 2-1-5-11
Late Pick 4 (starts in race 7): 10,1,2,7,4 with 2 with 5,6,4,16 with 2,1,5,11