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FRIDAY / April 11
Race 1: (1) San Antone is 3-for-5 at Keeneland and all of his career wins have come on a synthetic track. Also, the trainer goes back to James Graham to ride and he's ridden this horse here before. Exacta boxes: 1-5, 1-3
Race 2: (7) Tellalittlesecret has a decent record at Keeneland but it's even better than it looks because she hasn't always gotten the best ride. That should change with Desormeaux in the saddle. Exacta boxes 7-6, 7-9, 7-2
Race 3: (7) Heavy on The Mister races for trainer Mike Stidham for the first time and that's a 24 percent win rate for him. Also, if you check the clocker reports on the Keeneland website, you'll find this one getting very favorable reviews. Exacta boxes 7-9, 7-8, 7-6
Race 4: (10) Sabbatical is working like he's ready to fire his best shot, for a trainer who does well with layoff types. Also, he's caught some tough fields in his most recent outings. Exacta boxes 10-1, 10-4, 10-11
Race 5: (10) Praia is 2-for-2 on the Keeneland turf and if the race is switched to the main track, she shows a good run on the polytrack. Also, the McPeek barn has been hot thus far. Exacta boxes: 10-11, 10-12, 10-3
Race 6: (9) Ameliatheaviator is training like she's ready and Motion hits at a 26 percent clip off this kind of layoff. Exacta boxes 9-11, 9-2, 9-8
Race 7: (2) Maserati wheels back on one week of rest, suggesting confidence from trainer McPeek. Guessing it's because this one likes Keeneland and it's best to strike while the iron is hot. Exacta boxes: 2-3, 2-5, 2-8
Race 8: (6) Granny Mc's Kitten flashed big-time ability last fall and goes for a trainer more than capable of having one ready to go in the first start off a layoff. This is a tough group, though, so don't over (4) Streethomealabama and (5) Pretty Fancy. Exacta box of 6-4-5-8
Race 9/ Makers 46 Mile: (1) Za Approval gets the call only because of an anticipated fitness edge and a better price. (3) Wise Dan has trained all winter in Kentucky and the weather has been less than ideal to say the least. Exacta box of 1 and 3
Race 10: (2) Tiz Tebow Time goes for the potent combo of trainer McPeek and jockey Leparoux, plus the pedigree suggests this one will like the polytrack at Keeneland. Exacta boxes 2-3, 2-12
Late Pick 4: 2,3,5,8 with 4,5,6 with 1,3 with 2,3,12