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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.

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Race 1

    #11 Entertainer exits key race. The Catalano charge finished 5th beaten only 3 ½ lengths last out. Winner of that race was Brody’s Cause winner of the Breeders Futurity here on Saturday and 2nd place finisher was Conquest Big E who was an impressive maiden winner here over the weekend. Recent sharp work. #10 Tusk has turned in good efforts in his only 2 starts and add blinkers this time. #2 City flyer comes over for the hot Mark Casse barn.

    $5 across on

    #11 Entertainer

    Cost $15

    Race 2

    #2 Hold Me Fast is making her first start off the claim for the Richard barn. Barn gets 28% winners first off the claim. #5 Cool Comfort is making her 3rd start off the layoff and makes a slight drop in class. #3 Mazietter goes in for a tag for the first time.

    $5 across on

    #2 Hold Me Fast

    Cost $15

    Race 3

    #1 Bluegrass Beat was the beaten favorite last out but drops in class here. Broke his maiden at this distance. #7 I’mbetterthangood hasn’t been off the board at this distance. Looks like a good spot for him to pick another check. #3 Top of the Page takes off the blinkers this time. This gelding is taking a significant drop in class.

    $.50 Trifecta Box

    #1 Macho Gabacho, #2 Bluegrass Beat, #3 Top of the Page, #7 I’mbetterthangood

    Cost $12              

    Race 4

    #9 Aljalela is undefeated in 2 starts and looks good for the hat trick here. #2Asperites turned in a gutsy performance winning at Kentucky Downs last out. Leparoux stays in the saddle. #7 Rachel Wall adds Lasix for the first time. Nice filly is a player with these.

    $2 Exacta Box

    #9 Aljalela, #2 Asperites, #7 Rachel Wall

    Cost $12

    Race 5 starts the late Pick 4

    Race 5

    #7 Big Legacy could take this group gate to wire here. He brings impressive Beyer numbers. #5 Political Justice seldom misses a check. He has a win over the track and likes this distance.

    Race 6

    #8 Banree exits Grade 1 company and should appreciate the company in this event. #1 Midnight On Oconee broke her maiden impressively in her 2nd lifetime start and adds blinkers this time. #3 Prairie Chick posted a strong Beyer last time out.

    Race 7

    #4 Harmonize looks like a stand out here. Easy winner last time in a $100k at Saratoga.

    Race 8

    #4 Gray Sky gave way last time but the expensive Tapit colt should redeem himself here. #9 Irish Colonel just missed at Kentucky Downs in his debut effort. Should be fit off that effort and prepared to go 2 turns this time. #8 Stand Guard slow out of the gates in his debut should appreciate the added ground and improve in his 2nd try.

    $.50 Late Pick 4

    Race 5

    #7 Big Legacy, #5 Political Force

    Race 6

    #8 Banree, #1 Midnight On Oconee, #3 Prairie Chick

    Race 7

    #4 Harmonize

    Race 8

    #4 Gray Sky, #9 Irish Colonel, #8 Stand Guard

    Cost $9





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