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KEENELAND / WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
Race 1: Yankee Divia (9). Nobody has shown much in this group so look for a big price. Exacta box of 6-7-8-9
Race 2: Saturdayatbernies (5). Trainer Catalano took her to Saratoga, suggesting he's high on her potential. Exacta boxes: 5-6, 5-1
Race 3: Too Cool (5). Trainer is sharp off the claim so this one could win right back. Exacta boxes: 5-3, 5-2, 5-1
Race 4: Amazulu (8). This one is dropping in class and you get an 8-1 morning line price. She's got a shot to upset here so I'll play her top and bottom with two of the favorites. Exacta boxes: 8-1, 8-10
Race 5: Gung Ho (6). He likes the Keeneland main track and if you check the clocker comments on the Keeneland website, you'll see he's working exceptionally well. That's a strong combo. Exacta boxes: 6-3, 6-10, 6-9 + Daily Double part-wheel 6 with 4,5,7,12
Race 6: Perky Kitten (7) is working very well and has the look of a horse ready to fire first time out. Mister Blues (5) is a live longshot, as he's bred to like the turf and beat half the field in his debut. Exacta box of 4-5-7-12
Race 7: Gal About Town (3). Has run well at Keeneland and is trainer well for a conditioner very live off the layoff. Exacta part-wheel 3 with ALL.
Race 8: Candy Kitty (4). A well-matched group goes in the JP Morgan Chase Jessamine on the grass and I would definitely spread out in the horizontal wagers in this spot. Courtesan (2) is very dangerous off a maiden-breaking win for Clement and Zinzay (6) won against the bias at Saratoga last time. Exacta box of 4-2-6-3
Race 9: My Luca (3). Trainer Capuano doesn't ship in a lot of horses here so I'm intrigued that he sends this one. And the race looks wide open. Exacta boxes: 3-1, 3-4, 3-9
Late Pick 4: 4,5,7,12 with 3, with 2,3,4,6 with 1,3,4,9