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SATURDAY / April 5
Race 1: (6) Climb in Back gets the call in the first 2-year old race because trainer Wesley Ward excels with these babies. The 35-flat work is what makes this one the pick in a race lacking proven form. Exacta boxes 6-1, 6-2
Race 2: (1) Horned Frog has three in-the-money finishes on this main track so that's a big plus. I also think he's dropping into an easier spot here. Exacta boxes 1-6, 1-7
Race 3: (5) County Corrections was well-bet in the debut and got a wide trip. With a drop in class, he could come with a wakeup performance here. Exacta boxes 5-8, 5-6, 5-3
Race 4: (4) Elysian. Not wild about any of the horses with proven form in this spot so why not a Motion-trained firster. We've seen him hit with first-timers before here at Keeneland. Exacta boxes 4-6, 4-8
Race 5: (5) Unbridled Ocean has back-to-back big-figure performances and may well appreciate the added distance. Tricky Hat (3) is the other one I considered most closely. Up With Birds has tons of talent but I'm thinking this might be a prep for a future stakes gig. Exacta box of 3-7-5
Race 6: (7) Summer Camp showed good speed in his debut and should improve off that effort in this spot. Exacta boxes: 7-8, 7-5, 7-3
Race 7: (7) Jagger M has won on Keeneland's main track before, so that is a strong factor in his favor. Also, the trainer is very good with horses coming off this type of layoff so this one could be ready for fire his best shot. If you're doing horizontal wagers, (3) Forward Thinker and (9) Lay It Down also merit strong consideration. Exacta boxes: 7-3, 7-9, 7-4
Race 8: (10) Myositis Dan ran big in his only start on this track and his last race was one of his best so that combination of factors is hard to ignore. He looks hard to beat in this spot. Exacta boxes: 10-8, 10-7, 10-4
Race 9: (8) Rosalind ran well here in the Darley Alcibiades last fall and now returns to make her second start off a layoff in the grade 1 Central Bank Ashland Stakes. Belief in the expected improvement off that tightener is buoyed by that 46-second workout on Tuesday. (5) Thank You Marylou and (6) Testa Rossi are hard to ignore, too but I think you may also get a little value on the toteboard with Rosalind and that's hard to pass up. Exacta boxes: 8-6, 8-5, 8-9
Race 10: (4) Satisfaction is a nose away from being 2-for-2 and should love this added distance. (2) Canny Nanny comes off a strong effort and both (6) Spring Reason and (7) Ardingly are horses with strong connections that could show dramatic reversals in form. Exacta box of 4-2-6-7
Late Pick 4: 3.7.9 with 10 with 5.6.8 with 2,4,6,7