04/13/2011 12:02PM

Keeneland: Pedigree wagering play in the third - # 3 Close Ally

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Thinking Close Ally (#3) looks like an appealing pedigree play in the third today at Keeneland....in a race now taken off the grass and moved to the Poly.

Liked this one for the grass, but love him now for the synthetic. He is by Giant's Causeway, one of the top synthetic sires in the land, and bred to relish the 1 1/16-mile distance of the third race.

He comes off a fourth in the Grindstone Stakes at Fair Grounds, a turf race in which he was floated wide into the first turn and reserved too far off the early pace.

Price should be square even in what is now a seven-horse field.