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    Tom Leach

    Tom Leach is “the Voice of the Wildcats” for football and men’s basketball and a contributor to Keeneland.com as well. He is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award for radio coverage of thoroughbred racing. During race meets, check out Keeneland’s You Tube channel for his trainer and jockey interviews ahead of major stakes races and listen for the weekly “In The Money” podcast with Tom and Jim Goodman at keenelandselect.com. You can follow Tom’s coverage of the Cats at tomleachky.com.


    Sunday, April 6, 2014

    SUNDAY / April 6

    Race 1:  (6) Dissension was claimed by trainer Bob Hess and he taps his go-to rider, Desormeaux, to ride.  Also, given his affinity for turf, he may also like thepolytrack.  Exacta boxes 6-2, 6-4

    Race 2:  (4) Strong Resolve has 2 wins on the Keeneland main track and is working well for this race.  (2) Expecting Cash is the one to beat.   Exacta box of 4-2-1

    Race 3:  (2)  Wakes Week is the longshot pick.  First, I'm not wild about the favorites and secondly, jockey Martin Pedroza does a nice job of bringing home big-price horses at Keeneland.   Exacta boxes 2-3, 2=5, 2-7.

    Race 4:  (7) Is Silver Good is Maker off the claim and gets Rosie Napravnik in the saddle--a hard combo to ignore.  Exacta boxes 7-3, 7-4

    Race 5:  (7) Xaverian drops out of a tough race in which he encountered some trouble.   Also,  Joel Rosario picks up the mount and that' s a plus.   Exacta boxes 7-2, 7-3, 7-5

    Race 6:  (4)  Frazier's Pegasus drops in class and jockey Julien Leparoux picks up the mount--both are noteworthy.  Exacta boxes:  4-3, 4-5

    Race 7:  (7) Restless Spirit goes for a trainer who wins at a 23 percent clip with maidens making their second start and he calls on Leparoux to ride.  Exacta boxes:  7-6, 7-4

    Race 8:  (12) Party Now has a tough post but has enough speed to get a good position into the first turn.  This one ran well in good company in Florida and Shug McGaughey's horses are running well.  Exacta boxes:  12-4, 12-5, 12-10

    Race 9:  (6) Case Clocker gets the nod in a hard-to-call  race.  He posted a 75 Beyer the last ti me he ran here and he goes for a high percentage trainer.    (7) Fish and (9) Eye of the Eagle have both win and that always merits consideration.  Exacta box of 6-7-9

    Late Pick 4: 3,4,5 with 7 with 12, 4,5,10 with 6,7,9

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