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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.

    Friday, October 9, 2015

    Race 1

    #5 Scat Daddy is debuting for the Peitz barn. Regular solid works suggest she is ready for her first start and lands in a soft field. #4 Brown Eyed Lady is 6/5 in the morning line. She finished 2nd last out with similar company. #2 Kentucky Dancer well beaten with MSW company in her last start finds softer here and is listed at 8/5 in the morning line.

    $5 across

    #5 Scat Daddy

    Cost $15

    Race 2

    #1 Eileen Evelyn is looking for a hat trick here. Her Beyer numbers have improved with each start this cycle. #2 Artsy has been a popular claim this year. She was a winner here in the spring at this level but was later disqualified from the purse money. Listed at 8/5 in the morning line she looks like a vulnerable favorite but field is soft and expect her to hit the board. #3 Peaceluvncupcakes has early foot and could hold on for part.

    $10 win and place

    #1 Eileen Evelyn

    Cost $20

    Race 3

    Trying to get a little price bit of a price here with #5 Cold Dish. The McPeek charge adds blinkers for her 4th career start and drops in class. 1A Adopt a Kitten has top connections and is also dropping in class but do have concerns with the move to the dirt. Still, might have shot with these. #7 Vasilisa the Wise comes from a high percentage barn with firsters and deserves a look.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #5 Cold Dish, #1a Adopt a Kitten, #7 Vasilisa the Wise

    Cost $6

    Race 4

    #3 Thirteen Arrow is a lightly raced filly with consistent form. She could get loose on the lead here and never look back. #4 Thank You Marylou has been keeping the toughest of company and should be very competitive at this level. #5 Unbridled Explosion is shortening up to 1 turn and adding blinkers.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #3 Thirteen Arrow, #4 Thank You Marylou, #5 Unbridledexplosion, #6 V C F Proud Mary

    Cost $12

    Race 5

    #6 My Dutchess Kate turned in her best performance in 3 starts last out. That was her first try on the dirt finishing 3rd with MSW company. The move to the claiming ranks should send her to the winners circle. #4 Carriesaysitbest is an expensive Malibu Moon filly that is still looking for her best stride. The drop in class should boost her confidence. #2 Nancy Doll brings a bullet work and should also improve at this level.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #2 Nancy Doll, #3 Latest Thinking, #4 Carriesaysitbest, #6 My Dutchess Kate

    Cost $12

    Race 6

    #8 Spezia adds Lasix for his 3rd career start. The Speightstown colt was a $400k purchase and expect him to improve here. #3 War Stroll turned in a good effort in his first try. Returns here adding Lasix and draws Leparoux to the saddle. #9 Metal Magic just missed last out and brings a bullet work.

    $5 win and place

    #8 Spezia

    Cost $10

    $.10 Superfecta Box

    #1 True Raj, #3 War Stroll, #7 Missle Bomb, #8 Spezia, #9 Metal Magic

    Cost $12

    Race 7 begins the late Pick 4

    Race 7

    Going 3 deep in the first leg. #5 Neck ‘n Neck exits a Grade 3 win. He is shortening up to a mile here but he hasn’t missed a check at the distance and like that Paco Lopez is staying in the irons. #2 Catron got a horrible trip in his last race. He has had a little break since that and could be very dangerous with a proper trip. #3 Street Strategy is a consistent performer and is 2 for 2 at this distance.

    Race 8

    Going 5 deep in this wide open field. #10 Natural Wonder turned in a gutsy performance in her first try. Posted a strong Beyer number and looks like a player with these. #3 Miss Cobblestone comes off a short rest and recent form with solid company suggest she has a good shot here.  #7 Spyin Feelin adds blinkers and Lasix this time. #6 Swept Up well beaten last out but has shown much more talent than that in previous form. First start with the Lopresti barn. #5 Enoree has competitive Beyer numbers.

    Race 9

    Will single #4 Lady Shipman, Filly is 7 for 8 this year with her only defeat coming when trying 7 furlongs. Back at her favorite distance she looks tough to beat.

    Race 10

    Four deep in the last leg. #4 Cleartap is making her 3rd career start. She hasn’t run since March but has been working very well. The Tapit filly could prove tough here. #6 Charis has experience edge with 6 starts under her belt. #11 Can’t Be Dazzled exits a key race at Ellis. She finished 2nd in that one with the winner returning to win her next out and the 3rd place finisher Foreststone ran a strong 2nd with similar company here on Sunday. #9 Make the Sun Shine is the early  favorite with strong connections.

    $.50 Late Pick 4

    Race 7

    #5 Neck ‘n Neck, #2 Catron, #4 Street Strategy

    Race 8

    #3 Miss Cobblestone, #5 Enoree, #6 Swept Up, #7 Spyin Feelin, #10 Natural Wonder

    Race 9

    #4 Lady Shipman

    Race 10

    #4 Cleartap, #6 Charis, #9 Make the Sun Shine, #11 Can’t Be Dazzled

    Cost $30






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