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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.


    Sunday, April 6, 2014

    ~~Sunday, April 6, 2014
    Race 1
    #3 Blue Forty has fairly strong numbers over the synthetic at Arlington and is successful at this distance. #6 Forget That Gal has a front running style that could lead to a steal here. #5 Dissension is making her first start off the claim after a decent 2nd  place finish last out at Turfway park.
    $2 Exacta Box
    #3 Blue Forty, #5 Dessension, #6 Forget That Gal
    Cost $12

    Race 2
    #6 Swaylon Braylon has been successful over synthetic surfaces and at the distance. #2 Expecting Cash is making his first start for the Amoss barn and draws Leparoux to the saddle. #4 Strong Resolve has been off awhile but he likes this track and past form suggests he is a strong contender.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #1 Truly Amazing, #2 Expecting Cash,#4 Strong Resolve, #6 Swaylon Braylon
    Cost $12
    Race 3
    #8 Clear Code has been off since last fall but her form suggests she may the best in this race even off the layoff. #5 Inflation Target has plenty of early speed and loves the distance. May prove tough to catch. #3 Sasueno didn’t show much run last out but previous form is good enough to compete with these.
    $2 Exacta Box
    #8 Clear Code, #5 Inflation Target, #3 Sasueno
    Cost $12
    Race 4
    #7 Is Silver Good comes over with the formidable team of Ramsey, Maker and Napravinik. Looks much the best in this race. #2 Atasheen is making his 2nd off the layoff and should be sharp. #3 Emotional Stroll comes off a big win and should round out the exotics.
    $1 Trifecta Box
    #7 Is Silver Good, #2 Atasheen, #3 Emotional Stroll
    Cost $6
    Race 5
    #5 Florida Won has been training very well for his 2nd career start. An expensive yearling purchase, expect this Birdstone colt to show up ready to run. #11 Turf Kitten just missed at this distance on the turf last out and should be right there again. #7 Xaverian made up a lot of ground in his first try. Tough trip in that one and he should a lot closer here.
    .50 Trifecta Box
    #5 Florida Won, #7 Xaverian, #8 Archway to Heaven, #11 Turf Kitten
    Cost $12
    .50 Late Pick 4
    Race 6
    #2 This Is Nice, #4 Frazier’s Pegasus, #6 Artie R R
    Race 7
    #4 Franklin, #5 Late Night Lu, #7 Rentless Spirit
    Race 8
    #10 Minorette, #12 Party Now, #5 Thieve Guild, #8 A Little Bit Sassy
    Race 10
    #1 Purely Boy, #2 Tahoe Warrior, #7 Fish, #9 Eye of the Eagle

    Cost $ 72

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