04/20/2011 9:55AM

Keeneland: Wed. scratches, etc.


An extremely fierce wind and rainstorm that ripped thru So. Ill. and So. Ind. late last night had lost some steam by the time it continued east to hit Louisville shortly after midnight. By the time it made Lexington abt 3 a.m., it was just a heavy rainstorm, with the remnants still here nearing 11 a.m. ET. The sky is still gray, and there's a stout up-stretch breeze here at Kee, but the weathermen are saying it's supposed to get nicer and milder, if not all that warmer, with highs both today and tomorrow in the low 60s. The steady rain left the turf course in a "yielding" state, while the Poly did a great job yet again in absorbing all the moisture and staying fast.

It was quite a week here last week, what with the G1 Blue Grass and all the other stakes. No stakes here today, but we've got the G3 Appalachian here tomorrow, the G3 Doubledogdare on Fri, and the G3 Lexington and G3 Ben Ali here Saturday before going dark Sunday for the Easter holiday. No rest for the Keeneland weary. . . .

As for the 9-race card today, there are no carryovers in either the 50-cent pick 5 (races 5-9) nor the $1 super high 5 (race 9). Worth noting that the 5yo maiden, Romp, was scratched from the first; the $700k yearling purchase was second to Girolamo in his debut way back in Aug. '08 at Sar.

Other notables today: Pay heed to the story that ran in the Wed. editions of DRF on Ronan Cunningham, who runs Well Deserved in the nominal feature, the 8th. The dude knows his way around a racehorse. Also, a potential single for all the end-of-card multi-race wagers, Sudden War, has been scratched from the last race, leavingn Skip Code as a likely solid fave.

First post is 1:15 ET. Here follow the early changes:

Race 1 - SCR #3 Romp

Race 4 - C.Lanerie rides #6 Hidden Punch

Race 5 - SCR #12 Cobalt Cat; J.Theriot rides #11 Stenson Park

Race 6 - SCR #7 Candid Image; SCR #11 George Ray; O.Rossi rides #3 Hancho

Race 7 - SCR #7 My Sparky; M.Mena rides #2 Lady of Rivendell

Race 8 - M.Mena rides #2 Bringingdown Babel; P.Tolentino rides #3 Anearlybreeze

Race 9 - SCR #1 Six Pack Abs; SCR #5 Sudden War; SCR #10 Strategic Decision; M.Mena rides #7 First Gold