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Keeneland Spring Meet
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|Race 1||Fri. 4/29 POST: 1:15 ET|
|Race 2||Fri. 4/29 POST: 1:46 ET|
|Race 3||Fri. 4/29 POST: 2:17 ET|
|Race 4||Fri. 4/29 POST: 2:48 ET|
|Race 5||Fri. 4/29 POST: 3:19 ET|
|Race 6||Fri. 4/29 POST: 3:50 ET|
|Race 7||Fri. 4/29 POST: 4:21 ET|
|Race 8||Fri. 4/29 POST: 4:52 ET|
|Elkhorn Stakes||Fri. 4/29 POST: 5:23 ET|
|Race 10||Fri. 4/29 POST: 5:54 ET|
By Steve Klein
BEST BET: Clear Attempt (10th race)
(1) Sharp Won (2) Media Contact (3) Toro Grande
SHARP WON finished fifth in a stronger field last time, and was claimed from the race by trainer Brad Cox, who has won with 44 percent of 52 horses he claimed when they make their first start for him, with a $(3)91 ROI. He adds blinkers today, and attracts the presence of Julien Leparoux. MEDIA CONTACT defeated $30,000 maiden claimers at Fair Grounds, then took a few weeks off. He'll be a prime contender if he is ready to pick up where he left off. TORO GRANDE regressed last time, in his first race on this track. He ran well on Polytrack at Turfway, so he deserves another chance here.
(1) Chinook Wind (2) High On Kitten (3) Palisades Dawn
CHINOOK WIND suffered through traffic trouble, and finished third here 15 days ago. She figures to be more effective with a better trip, and in the third race of her form cycle. HIGH ON KITTEN finished second twice, third once, and fourth once in Florida. She regressed in her first start on this turf course, but seems capable of a rebound. Consider her in the exotics. PALISADES DAWN improved her Beyer at Churchill in her lone previous race on grass. She ran a career-best race when she finished third on Polytrack with a 65 Beyer last time, and would be a major player if she improves on the move to turf today.
(1) Flashy Flirt (2) Winners Get Even (3) Darkest Hour
FLASHY FLIRT earned a career-best 78 Beyer in October in her lone previous start on this Polytrack. She is in good form now, and will appreciate dropping from an allowance N2X into this $25,000 claiming field. WINNERS GET EVEN broke slowly, rallied into contention, then weakened late and finished a close sixth at this class level in her return from a freshening. She can hold on better with the benefit of that race under her belt. DARKEST HOUR set the pace for six furlongs, then tired late going 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn. The class drop from $35,000 N2X optional claiming to open $25,000 claiming should make her dangerous. Cutting back to seven furlongs can help.
(1) Hannah's Holiday (2) La Stupenda (3) Sugar Kuwalski
HANNAH'S HOLIDAY was fastest of 36 when she worked a half-mile from the gate in a swift :45.40. Post 11 is a concern as she makes her debut, but an alert beginning should give her a chance to get over towards the inside. LA STUPENDA shows a nice work tab for trainer Jeff Thornbury, who has won with 4 of 12 first-time starters, 33 percent, with a $4.83 ROI. SUGAR KUWALSKI is the other Thornbury firster, and she also has trained well. JAZIL'S SONG shows promising works, and deserves consideration. SWEET MOONBEAM gained three lengths and finished third, three lengths behind the winner in a 2 1/2 furlong race at Gulfstream in her first start. The added distance should help.
(1) Ghostwalking (2) Iwannaiwannaiwanna (3) Ink
GHOSTWALKING was in contention, then tired against $50,000 N2L's. He'll be a threat to win on the drop to $30,000 N2L, and with the possibility of improvement second time back from a layoff of nearly five months. IWANNAIWANNAIWANNA overcame post 9 when he graduated in a $30,000 maiden claiming race here. He ran fast enough to contend at this class level, and will benefit from an inside post in this spot. INK has the ability to be a major player with this type. The concern is that he is stuck out in post 12 today. His early and tactical speed can help to minimize that disadvantage.
(1) Jimanator (2) Unaccountable (3) King Mesa
JIMANATOR ran well in both of his races for Andrew McKeever. He was a decisive winner vs. $17,500 claimers at Fair Grounds, then finished a solid third on the jump to $40,000 N2X optional claiming. He shows a good :48 breeze on this track six days ago, and is in better form now than he was the last time he ran on this surface. UNACCOUNTABLE overcame post 9 when he defeated open $25,000 claimers here three weeks ago. He'll enjoy a better trip with tactical speed from the rail in this stronger field. HARMONIZER lacked the late kick he needed to do serious damage in a stakes at Houston, but still ran respectably while finishing fifth of 10. He'll be a prime contender if he delivers one of his better tries as he drops in class in his return from a short break.
(1) Arrakis (2) Estimate (3) Screenplay
ARRAKIS is two-for-two this year. He defeated $35,000 maiden claimers at Gulfstream, then repeated against $30,000 N2L's, and was claimed from that race. He's sharp, and will be a major player as he steps up to try allowance N1X foes. ESTIMATE improved when he finished second at this class level at Gulfstream. He'll contend if he runs as well, or better in the third race of his form cycle. SCREENPLAY finished a contending second at this level here last time. The concern is that he is moving from a favorable inside post to the extreme outside.
(1) Starlite Starbrite (2) Beat the Blues (3) Hot Hot Mama
STARLITE STARBRITE won an allowance race, and a $62,500 optional claiming race. She stepped up in class to tackle stakes company, and raced on turf for the first time in her last start at Fair Grounds. She took her field most of the way, but tired late and finished fourth. The class drop will help if she likes this Polytrack. BEAT THE BLUES finished off the board on the grass while finishing two positions behind the top selection last time. She also finished behind that rival on dirt two races ago, so she'll have to hope the move to Polytrack will boost her chances today. HOT HOT MAMA ran well enough at Turfway to be a factor in the exotics in this spot.
(1) Bearpath (2) Rahy's Attorney (3) Musketier
BEARPATH closed fast late, but ran out of ground and finished fourth, three-quarters of a length behind the winner in the 1 1/16 mile, Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes. He was second in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer, and a contending fourth in the Grade 1 Man o' War last year. He figures to improve today in his second race back from a 5 1/2 month layoff, and as he stretches out to 1 1/2 miles, a more comfortable distance for him. RAHY'S ATTORNEY has been a steady runner with three wins, and three seconds from his last six races. He won the Grade 3 Pan American last time, and should be a prime contender in this race. His early and tactical speed will help. MUSKETIER finished three-quarters of a length behind RAHY'S ATTORNEY last time, and was a half-length behind him two races ago. He'll be useful in the exotics once again.
(1) Clear Attempt (2) Corporate Jungle (3) Empiricist
CLEAR ATTEMPT battled for six furlongs, grabbed a clear lead, then was outkicked late and finished second in a highly-rated maiden special at Gulfstream in his first grass start. He was 9 1/4 lengths clear of the third horse that day, and should be hard to deny in this softer maiden field. CORPORATE JUNGLE rallied from 12th to finish in a dead-heat for sixth, only 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner in a one-mile race at Gulfstream in his debut. The extra 1 1/2 furlongs should boost his chances today. EMPIRICIST broke slowly, but still ran respectably while finishing sixth, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner at Gulfstream. He can improve in the second race of his form cycle. COLOSSAL GIFT deserves consideration in the exotics.