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    Kim Nelson

    Kim Nelson has grown up with horses in Kentucky. She began her career with Thoroughbreds at North Ridge Farm in Lexington, KY where she worked with foaling mares and yearlings. She moved on from there to work for Carl Nafzger as an assistant trainer and exercise rider. After the birth of her daughter she changed careers to handicapping for the Daily Racing Form. Once the Daily Racing Form closed its handicapping department in Lexington, Kim was very fortunate to land a position with Marylou Whitney Stables. She is now the assistant racing and breeding manager for Mrs. Whitney.


    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    ~~Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    Race 1
    #4 Tordita is making her first start off the claim for the Maker barn. She ran well in both her previous starts and like her for the win here. #3 Shakesperian Dream is dropping down from $50K maidens at Gulfstream and should appreciate the company here. #1 Kiss Me Perfect has been working well over the Keeneland course.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #1 Kiss Me Perfect, #2 Here’s Decash, #3 Shakesperian Dream, #4 Tordita
    Cost $12
    Race 2
    #6 She’s Coal Fired turned in a decent effort off the layoff last out and should improve here. #5 Estuary is an improving sort that fits well with these. #7 Something Blue can boast the best last Beyer Speed figure and is a winner at the distance.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #4 Chapparra, #5 Estuary, #6 She’s Coal Fired, #7 Something Blue
    Cost $12
    Race 3
    #7 Bowman’s Causeway likes the synthetic and the distance. He is making his 2nd off the layoff and like Prado returning to the saddle. #6 State Flag has closed ground his last 2 races. The drop in company should boost his confidence. #4 Malibu Way has consistently strong Beyer figures and comes over off a win.
    $10 to win and place
    #7 Bowman’s Causeway
    Cost $20
    $2 Exacta Box
    #7 Bowman’s Causeway, #6 State Flag, #4 Malibu Way
    Cost $12
    Race 4
    #3 Four More backed up in his last race but the drop in class should wake him back up here. Rosario gets in the irons for Billy Mott and like his chances. #2 Margin is also on the drop and looks capable with these. Jukebox Johnny showed little first time out but should like the synthetic and like Jimmy Graham in the saddle. Keep him in exotics.
    .10 Superfecta Box
    #2 Margin, #3 Four More, #5 Rico Rolanda, #8 Napa Valley, #10 Jukebox Johnny
    Cost $12
    .50 Late Pick 4
    Race 5
    #2 Purely Hot, #3 Quite Explosive, #4 Brick House Road
    Race 6
    #1 Heart to Heart, #2 Jessica’s Star, #5 Part
    Race 7
    #3 Mio d’Oro, #4 Fight the Tide, #10 Heuston
    Race 8
    #2 Smart Ashley, #3 Storm Now, #4 Overtone, #5 Easton Arch
    Cost $54
     

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