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KEENELAND Thursday, April 9
Race 1: (2) Maniacal shows a bullet work here that won praise from the local clockers (see keeneland.com). Exacta boxes 2-6, 2-5
Race 2: (1) Moon Traveler produced his best-ever Beyer fig last time and has two wins from three tries this year. Exacta boxes 1-3, 1-4
Race 3: (4) Daring Dancer is 1-for-1 on the Keeneland turf and has won on turf with some "give" in the ground, too. Exacta boxes 4-3, 4-2, 4-1A
Race 4: (7) Night Maneuver shows a sharp race off a layoff and could move forward from that performance. I also like the win record--nine from 29 starts. Exacta boxes 7-4, 7-3
Race 5: (5) Please Explain ran in three graded stakes races at three so the connections obviously thought highly of this one and this is the second start off the layoff. Exacta boxes 5-6, 5-3
Race 6: (6) English Sunset is by a sire that ran well on soft turf in winning a Breeders Cup race and the trainer wins at a 19 percent rate off this kind of freshening. Exacta boxes 6-3, 6-10, 6-11
Race 7: (7) West Coast Chick. Zito's horses often move forward in the second start off a layoff, no matter who they perform first time back. And this one shows a good work over the Keeneland track. Exacta boxes 7-6, 7-5, 7-1
Race 8: (7) Outlash won first-time out at 7 furlongs--that a demanding test that often signals a horse with lots of talent. And the clockers at Keeneland praised this one's most recent workout here. Exacta boxes 7-5, 7-4, 7-1
Race 9: (5) Moonlit Meteor has won three in a row and should make it four in this spot. Exacta boxes 5-6, 5-11, 5-4
Late Pick 4: 6,3,10 with 7,6,5,1 wtih 7,5,4,1 with 5