04/09/2011 3:12PM

Keeneland: updating Saturday


The sun is out (mostly), the wind is blowing, and the rain that pounded Keeneland in the early afternoon is but a memory. The turf course has been upgraded to firm (only race 8 remains on the grass) after Silver Rock ($6.80, S.Bridgmohan) proved a prompt fave in race 6, an N1X turfer for older horses.

In earlier races, Citrus Kid (2-1, 2nd choice) beat Al Khali by a few inches in the rugged 3rd, a turf alw for graded stakes caliber horses, with Battle of Hastings 3rd and Grassy (9-5 fave) fourth. In the 4th Deanaallen'skitten ($4.80, fave) got a heady ride from J.Lezcano, looping the field after avoiding a couple of spots of trouble to finally break his maiden. In the 5th, the Darley firster Higher Court (9-1, K.Desormeaux) sped clear of odds-on Red Masetti after turning for home to record the only double-digit mutuel so far today.

There are 10 MTP for the 7th, and the W.Ward returnee Irish Frankie is the 5-2 fave in a field of 8 MSW sprinters. The G1 Ashland S. highlights the card as race 9.