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    Kim Nelson

    Kim has been involved with horses all her life. She has worked with pregnant mares, prepping yearlings, managed lay-up barns, exercise rider, assistant trainer and has trained a few of her own horses. She is also very involved in the placement of retired thoroughbreds once their racing careers are over. Kim worked as a handicapper for the Daily Racing form for 5 years before starting her work with Keeneland.

    Sunday, October 11, 2015

    Race 1

    #3 Chella loves to win races. 7 for 8 this year she is hard to bet against. #4 She’sabrees is another consistent performer. She exits races over the synthetic but her previous dirt form is strong. #5 Rulelikecleopatra exits a 6 length win at Indiana.

    $5 Exacta Box

    #3 Chella, #4 She’sabrees

    Cost $10

    Race 2

    #6 Rare Medal drops in for her lowest tag in 6 career starts. The well bred filly has been working quite well over the Keeneland course. #3 Mystra also making a slight drop in class looks  capable of landing a share here. #1 Lady Gamelton didn’t show much last out but has turned in stronger efforts and could hold on for part.

    $10 to win

    #6 Rare Medal

    Cost $10

    Race 3

    #5 Eton Blue won here in the spring for $50K. He has consistently hit the board this year. #1 General Ike has been off since Feb. but brings a very sharp work tab. #3 Cerro has early foot and should hold on for part.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1 General Ike, #3 Cerro, #4 Belvin, #5 Eton Blue

    Cost $12

    Race 4

    #7 Tiger Paw turned in a good effort in his debut over the Kentucky Downs course. He adds blinkers for his return and the extra distance should suit him as well. #6 Ransack is a firster for the Pletcher barn. He has nice works and top connections. #9 Sea of Erin shortens up just a bit and adds blinkers.

    $.10 Superfecta box

    #2 Cherry, #6 ransack #7 Tiger Paw, #9 Sea of Erin, #11 Gaultier

    Cost $12

    Race 5

    #10 Adonica likes this distance and Mena returns to the saddle. Longshot in morning odds but wide open field here and she has shown some closing kick in the past. #12 Miss Reditore won easily in her last at Churchill but she hasn’t been able to put 2 wins in row together in recent form. Still lands in a soft spot and deserves a look. #11 Jacksoncountryflash also a winner last out and looks competitive with these.

    $5 to win and place

    #10 Adonica

    Cost $10

    $.10 Superfecta Box

    #1 Royal Alluvial, #2 Have Faith Sister, #10 Adonica, #11 Jacksoncountyflash, #12 Miss Reditore

    Cost $12

    Race 6 begins the late Pick 4

    #5 Battle Tap tired in his debut effort in the spring. He has since but working quite well and expect a much improved effort here. #3 Silvertown has the experience edge over these. His last race he dug in to land a 2nd place finish. #4 Ranger Maxx caught very fast early fractions in his debut and should improve off that one. #11 Synchrony turned in a decent performance in his debut and the well bred son of Tapit could show up very tough here.

    Race 7

    #9 Pep the Champ is making first off the claim for the Joe Sharp barn. Barn is 27% with this type and the colt has a sharp recent work. #4 Mission Driven finished a nice 3rd in the Dueling Grounds Derby last out. He is 2 for 2 at this distance. #2 Mister Maestro has only 3 starts to his credit and can boast 2 wins. #6 Winter’s Gift came off a long layoff last time to win in gate to wire fashion. Barn having a very good meet.

    Race 8

    #8 Zambian Dream is making his 3rd start since coming to the United States and his first on the dirt. His 2 previous efforts are good enough to expect him to be dangerous here. #5 Hazards of Love is an exceptional older horse. He seldom misses a check and he is in a good spot here.

    Race 9

    #10 Play the Break closed from the clouds last time to break her maiden over the Churchill grass. She can repeat with a good trip here. #8 Sunset Knoll won in gate to wire fashion last time and Keeneland is her home base which may prove to her advantage. #7 Nancy Ride is an improving sort and draws Leparoux to the saddle.

    $.50 Late Pick 4

    Race 6

    #3 Silvertown, #4 Ranger Maxx, #5 Battle Tap, #11 Synchrony

    Race 7

    #2 Mister Maestro, #4 Mission Driven, #6 Winter’s Gift, #9 Pep the Champ

    Race 8

    #5 Hazards of Love, #8 Azmbian Dream

    Race 9

    #7 Nancy Ride, #8 Sunset Knoll, #10 Play the Break

    Cost $48





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